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Student Consultancy Project (SCP)

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

Apply NOW for the Summer Sprint of the Student Consultancy Project!

The deadline for applications has been extended until Sunday 19th May! The intensive programme will run from 10th - 19th June 2024, with both online and in person versions of the programme across the same dates. *Please note, this programme is open to undergraduate students only*


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

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


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. 


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.

This Summer Sprint round will run from the 10th - 19th June. There will not be training sessions on the weekend. There are 150 places for this round.


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. 


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


Student Consultancy Project is a programme for undergraduates in any year. If you are an undergraduate, please note that as Student Consultancy Project is designed to support students from underrepresented backgrounds in Higher Education, applications from those in receipt of the QMUL Bursary will, therefore, be prioritised.

In addition, for this round of Student Consultancy Project, we will be prioritising applications from students who identify as Asian Bangladeshi and/or Asian British Bangladeshi.. We are taking this positive action due to the latest results from the Graduate Outcomes Survey which shows that Bangladeshi students' progression is lower than other ethnic groups demonstrating existing inequalities.


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Applications are now open!

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