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Virtual Academy

Develop your skills from home

Are you a Masters or PhD student* in Europe and want to further develop your problem-solving and analytical skills? Are you excited to learn about digital topics or Design Thinking? Do you want a chance to win an Apple Watch? And would you like to do all of this from the comfort of your own home?

*To be eligible, you must be based in Europe and be a current (non-MBA/ business) Masters or PhD student or filling a postdoctoral post.

What you can expect

Our Virtual Academy combines modules from one of our most recognisable capability building programmes, McKinsey Academy, with Harvard ManageMentor online courses as well as various virtual skills workshops and a team challenge.

For the first time, complimentary access to the McKinsey Academy Technology Platform, which was designed for our C-suite clients, will be offered to students. Participants will also have access to 30+ topics from the Harvard ManageMentor.

A majority of the Virtual Academy modules are self-paced; therefore, participants can complete them at a time that is most suitable for them. During the programme, participants will be paired with a mentor who will provide them with career advice and give them a glimpse into life at McKinsey. At the conclusion of the Virtual Academy, there will be an online team challenge, which will allow participants to connect with people from different backgrounds and geographies.

Applications are now closed

To be eligible, you must be a non-business Master’s or PhD student currently studying at a European University.


13 - 21 May

Stage 1: Meet McKinsey Webinars

Get to know more about McKinsey through a series of webinars which introduce you to our colleagues and the work that we do
21 - 28 May

Stage 2: Skills Workshops

Centered Leadership - reflect on your strengths and how to best leverage them

Meaning/Personal Presence - learn about personal branding and how to present with confidence

30 May - 19 June

Stage 3: Online Learning Modules

Complete learning courses on the McKinsey Academy Technology Platform and Harvard ManageMentor
10 - 30 June

Stage 4: McKinsey Mentor

Be paired with a McKinsey Mentor based on your industry and/ or topic interests
20 - 27 June

Stage 5: Solve it! Team Challenge

Work in a virtual team on a complex business problem with people from different backgrounds and geographies


Participants will collect points for completing each module within the five stages.

Want to unlock the online learning modules?

In order to progress to the next stage, you will need to collect a certain number of points. You will have the chance to unlock the online learning (Stage 3) upon completing Stages 1& 2.

Want to win an Apple Watch?

The 10 participants who complete all designated modules and have the highest number of points accumulated will win an Apple watch!

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