Urban Consultancy Project

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Philipp Rode 8.01I and Dr Savvas Verdis 8.01E


This course is compulsory on the Executive MSc in Cities. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course is only available to students registered in the Executive MSc in Cities.

Course content

The Consultancy Project is a six-month individual consultation undertaken by a student in the Executive MSc in Cities in their own organisation or for an external organisation. Through the consultancy project, students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first six courses of the programme to craft policy or program improvements for public or private agencies and non-profit organisations. 

Through in depth interviews with the organisation’s leaders as well as the relevant stakeholders, students will focus on a specific project and offer advice on one or more of its design and implementation phases. These may include but are not limited to the concept, feasibility, design, assessment, delivery and/ or evaluation phases in the project cycle.

Examples of projects include design briefs, assessment of master plans or strategic plans, social, economic and environmental impact assessment of projects, project finance and greening of projects and policies.


3 hours of seminars and 2 hours of help sessions in the ST.

Each student will be allocated a supervisor, who will provide overall guidance on the project's development.  Other members of staff may also advise as required. Students will be supported with face to face or web based tutorials throughout the duration of their consultancy project.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the ST.

A 500 word proposal brief for the consultation project that will be carried out independently by each student.

Indicative reading

Bryman, Alan. Social Research Methods, 2012. Oxford University Press.

Cook, Curtis R. 2005. Just enough project management the indispensable four-step process for managing any project, better, faster, cheaper. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Czerniawska, Fiona, and Paul May. 2006. Management consulting in practice award-winning international case studies. London: Kogan Page.

Lindblom, Charles Edward, and David K. Cohen. 1979. Usable knowledge: social science and social problem solving. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Office for Government Commerce. 2004. Common Causes of Project Failure. London: OGC.

Prime Minister's Strategy Unit. 2004. Strategy Survival Guide. London.


Project (100%, 6000 words) in the LT.

A consultancy report assessing an organisation's challenge and offering strategic advice on possible solutions at any stage of the project or policy cycle.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills