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Careers and Enterprise

Student Consultancy Project (SCP)

Are you interested in gaining real-life work experience via an award-winning* programme?

If the answer is “YES!” The SCP could be perfect for you. Join us and work with other students on a real-life consultancy project within  UK/International businesses, charities and social enterprises. 

*Voted “Best Student Programme” at the EY (Ernst & Young) Global Career Services Summit Awards 2022. 

Past clients have included FDM, Catch22, AIXR, HyperJar, Routledge Publishers, NewSpace Finance, Kazzum Arts, Cory Group, COVI, Donmar Warehouse, and many, many more.**


Applications for the Autumn round of Student Consultancy Project are now open.


What is SCP?

The Student Consultancy Project gives you the chance to work in multidisciplinary teams solving problems faced by businesses, charities and social enterprises within the UK and Internationally. Gain first-hand experience working with a client whilst receiving support from a Queen Mary supervisor. This programme gives you the opportunity to develop skills you can take forward into any profession - not just consultancy.

You will have access to: 

  • Training sessions
  • Coaching
  • Client meetings
  • Further professional development offerings 

Eligibility and Commitment 

The programme is open to all Queen Mary undergraduates from any academic school (including medicine and dentistry students). 

Please note that as the programme is designed to support students from under-represented backgrounds in higher education, applications from students in receipt of a financial aid bursary from the university will be prioritised.  

Please make sure you are eligible before applying. 

What can you gain from the SCP?

  • Experience of working with a client on a real-life consultancy project. 
  • Client management and team working skills in a professional context. 
  • Opportunity to use your own initiative and creativity to solve problems. 
  • Project management, organisation and time management skills. 
  • Professional communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Add Queen Mary programme supervisors or your client as a reference for future job applications. 
  • Learn how to use your SCP experience during future interview scenarios. 
  • Obtain a certificate upon completion (can be showcased on LinkedIn, etc.). 

Upon successful completion, SCP will be listed on your digital transcript, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), and you can add it as reference in future job applications. 

How to apply

Applications for the Autumn round of SCP are open NOW!

The deadline for applications is 25th September 2023.

SCP is a popular programme, so we’re holding online applications workshops on 30th August and 20th September – book your place here.

You can also have your application checked by a Careers Consultant before you submit it. Please make a Careers appointment by booking online or calling 0207 882 8533. 

Apply here!

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our recruitment processes for our student employability programmes, as well as our stated strategic objective of being “the most inclusive university of its kind, anywhere”. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability.

If you need to discuss any reasonable adjustments such as requiring the application form in a different format, or would like advice regarding the recruitment process, please email the Student Consultancy Project team on

Programme Outline

After working on the project you will present findings and recommendations directly to the client as a team. You and your team will receive training from staff around commercial awareness, project planning, problem solving, teamwork and presentation skills. As well as this, you will participate in a reflection session where you will learn how to apply this experience to future applications and interview.


Past Student Consultants

“I had the chance to work in a completely professional environment, where people – our clients – trusted our abilities. It was an incredible chance to develop a range of specific and interpersonal skills, which will definitely boost my CV and confidence”

“The project was working with a real [company] therefore you are actually making a difference to a business; if you want to get a job then this opportunity gives you great exposure to people…speaking to people regularly develops the right mindset to go out and be proactive about getting a job”.


SKETCH (Student Knowledge Exchange Through Community Hubs)

The Student Consultancy Project is now a part of a new QMUL student-led professional services firm called SKETCH (Student Knowledge Exchange Through Community Hubs). SKETCH brings together five student activity strands within QMUL: The Legal Advice Centre, qNomics, qLegal, The Student Consultancy Project, and the QM Social Venture Fund. Each activity strand gives students the opportunity to apply their skills to a real world context, under the guidance of professionals or University staff. External clients will be able to use all of these services if they wish, like a professional services firm.

**Client participation is likely to change every term, dependent on their business needs and availability. Therefore, clients will vary from programme to programme. 



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Applications are open until 25th September

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