The Sustainable Business Consultancy Projects course is part of the MSc in Global Strategy and Sustainability, and runs from January to March. Students work in teams of consultants to tackle real-world challenges that a private or public sector organisation is facing.

During the ten-week period, students work in groups of 5–6 to carry out the research, collecting and analysing data, communicating with key stakeholders, identifying challenges, opportunities and regulatory conditions, and formulating and presenting recommendations.

Benefits for your business

  • Receive a detailed written report and an oral presentation addressing the proposed challenge
  • Build links with potential graduate employees
  • No financial payment as part of the consultancy project to you or the students

Why work with our students?

Our MSc in Global Strategy and Sustainability attracts a diverse group of graduates with a range of backgrounds. Through the projects students aim to help clients deal with the challenges/opportunities faced by them in various dimensions of sustainability, including social issues such as diversity and inclusion, environmental issues related to reduction of carbon emissions or packaging, ensuring ethical conduct of suppliers, and so on.

Consultancy project

These projects provide opportunities for students to connect with employers and gain professional experience in consulting roles across a range of sectors.

What kinds of project are suitable?

Student teams can carry out consultancy on a wide range of global sustainability issues including (but not limited to):

  • Carbon footprint reduction, including renewable energy
  • Waste reduction, including packaging reduction and circular economy
  • Deforestation- and afforestation-related initiatives
  • Enhancing employee welfare, including diversity and inclusion
  • Contributing to local community welfare, particularly in impoverished environments
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Organic agriculture and plant-based diets
  • Anti-slavery initiatives (could come under supply chain) and moving away from military applications of technology

Companies should:

  • Openly share information on the business or organisation
  • Provide time to brief and engage with the students either in person or digitally


Projects typically take place between January and March.

Action Date
Contact the Business Engagement Manager to discuss your project May to October
Prospective clients submit project proposals Deadline: 13 October
Projects assigned to groups Early December
Initial group/client meeting to draw up project plan Early January
Main project work Between January and March
Delivery of report and client presentations Late March or early April

Discuss your ideas

If you would like more information on student projects please contact our Business Engagement Manager. Please include details of:

  • Which project(s) are best suited to your proposal
  • Your contact information
  • Project title, objectives and outcomes, location, knowledge and any particular skill sets required of the students