Management Consulting


Management Consulting (MGMT30012) is a unique subject offered in both semesters that provides you with the opportunity to apply your university learning in a real business environment and engage in a business challenge of genuine strategic importance to a client organisation.

You will be required to draw upon multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills and theory acquired from your previous studies, working in a student consulting team on a project specified by the client organisation.

Client visits

Teams visit their clients each week from Week 2 to Week 11 of the semester, usually spending a 4-hour block of time either in the morning or the afternoon. At the client, teams will explore and evaluate an open ended business challenge, which may involve interviewing stakeholders, conducting research or other activities required for successful completion of the consulting project. A client facilitator at the client organisation will provide guidance, resources and facilitation as needed.

Team support

Teams are supported by an academic supervisor through weekly lectures/seminars, consultations and assignments designed to assist students in completing their consulting project. The final output is a professional-standard team report that analyses the business challenge and proposes recommended courses of action for the clients consideration.

Admission to Management Consulting is competitive and places are limited.

Students have worked with clients in a range of industries and organisations, from large Australian and multinational companies to niche agencies and not-for-profit organisations. The list of clients is different each semester depending on whether the organisation has a project available.

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Benefits of participating

By completing this subject, you will:

  • integrate and apply theoretical material to a real business challenge
  • learn how to synthesise and work with unstructured and incomplete information
  • extend knowledge through research and other forms of enquiry
  • develop team work skills
  • learn how to present their findings and seek and receive constructive feedback
  • learn how to operate effectively within a commercial working environment.

Management Consulting provides a unique opportunity for you to further understand, enhance and demonstrate your capabilities in the workplace context and in doing so get a valuable head start in your career.

*You'll also have a chance to be part of the winning team that receives the $2,500 FBE Management Consulting Team Prize!

Student Testimonial

"Management Consulting was an extremely challenging subject and unlike any other experience I have encountered. During the project our team had to operate with ambiguity and narrow down a broad project. It was these challenges that made the journey one of the most rewarding, satisfying and enjoyable experiences I have encountered. I quickly learned the importance of teamwork and building strong relationships in the real world, and also how easily conflict can impede on the progress of a project."

- Jonathan Tharapos, Bachelor of Commerce

Who can apply?

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • completion of 150 points at the time of enrolling in the subject
  • completion of MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour or equivalent
  • permission from the subject coordinator - you must apply online and the Industry Programs Consultant will select students according to the selection process outlined below.

Students are not eligible to take both Management Consulting and Global Management Consulting within their degree.

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How do I apply?

Applications will be online.

Please note there are two application forms:

1. For current University of Melbourne students (please use the 'apply online' button below)

2. For incoming exchange students please apply using this exchange student application link.

Note: this is a 12.5 point subject so please ensure that you have space in your study plan for this subject. If you are unsure, please contact us.

Application dates

Applications open 1st May 2017 and close 28th May 2017.

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Selection process

  • Applications will be checked against the eligibility criteria (as above).
  • The application process has two stages. Detailed instructions are provided when you commence your application:
  1. Expression of Interest: complete a short online form and upload your one-page CV;
  2. Online video interview: via Interview Stream (by invitation only)
  • Students will be initially shortlisted on the basis of their Weighted Average Mark (WAM) and the shortlisted students will then be invited to respond to an online interview question, which will be used to make final group selection.
  • For current University of Melbourne students: the WAM is an average of all subjects completed in the BCom plus the grades from any subjects credited towards the BCom as a result of transferring from another University of Melbourne course. The grades from subjects taken at another institution (for example, from transferring from another university, or from exchange), will not be considered.
  • Exchange and study abroad students are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please apply using the link detailed in the application information above.
  • The CV submission must not exceed one page in length and must contain a head and shoulders photo of yourself. Name the file using the following naming convention "FirstnameLastname_CV.doc" and save in PDF format.

It is not possible to request a specific client organisation or project. Students are carefully allocated into teams based on the needs of the project, the need to form a multidisciplinary team, and the availability times of the client and the students.

Important dates

Information sessions & key dates for Semester 2 2017

Date & Time Activity  Venue

Monday 1 May 2017

Online applications open (Stage One) Online

Tuesday 2 May 2017

12.00pm - 1.00pm

Information session Level 1 Theatre, The Spot

Wednesday 10 May 2017

5.15pm - 6.15pm

Information session (repeat)

Level 1 Theatre, The Spot

Sunday 28 May 2017 (Midnight)

Applications close

The outcome of your stage one application will be emailed to your student email address, so please check your email regularly.

Stage Two of the process will involve selected students recording an online interview for submission.  Students should know the final outcome by late December.


Grants, Scholarships and Funding

FBE Management Consulting Team Prize

$2,500 team prize awarded by the faculty to the highest achieving Management Consulting team at the conclusion of the semester.

A.T. Kearney Australia Prize for Management Consulting

Awarded to the student with the highest mark in the subject over the calendar year - $1,000.


What if I am not majoring in management?

Students do not need to be majoring in management to take this subject, in fact, we try to ensure that we have a mix of disciplines in order to cover the various needs of the projects.  However, students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce.

Can I choose the client/project?

No, we will assign you to a client based on your work experience, academic average, interests and interview.

Can I choose my team?

No, we will put the teams together to ensure that the group matches the needs of the project.

Is this subject difficult?

Management Consulting is a very challenging subject and unlike any other coursework subject you may have taken in the past.  Students will be faced with ambiguity and must operate with a great deal of autonomy.  Having said that, it is an exceptionally rewarding individual and team experience, and a unique opportunity to work on a real business problem with industry experts.

How much does it cost?

The tuition fee for this subject is the same as all other management subjects, there are no additional costs involved.

Can I enrol myself into this subject using the online student system?

No, as this is a quota subject, you will be unable to select this subject online.  Once selection has taken place, Stop 1 will be advised and they will enrol all students into the subject.

Do I have to attend the first lecture in Week 1 of the semester?

Yes, it is a requirement of the subject to be able to attend the first lecture in Week 1 of the semester. Vital information is given at this first lecture, the consulting groups are formed and preliminary work is started with the team coaches.

Who is this for?

Undergraduate students


If you have any further questions about this program please contact us.

Industry Programs Consultant