University of York


Our vision

Our vision is to make the University of York a world leader:

  • in the creation of knowledge through fundamental and applied research
  • the sharing of knowledge by teaching students from varied backgrounds
  • the application of knowledge for the health, prosperity and well-being of people and society.

Our values

Our values include the following:

  • we encourage participation and openness, creativity and innovation
  • we support academic freedom, which includes tolerance of diverse points of view and the provision of equal opportunities
  • we are co-creators and custodians of knowledge
  • we aim to help all students and staff to achieve their full potential
  • we apply the best ethical standards in all our activities, recognising that our role is to shape future leaders who have the potential to change society.

To make progress towards achieving our mission, the University Plan identifies four main objectives:


Excellence at York will mean:

  • developing high-quality research encouraging innovation in all categories of staff and students
  • ensuring that teaching and learning take place in a supportive environment, informed by research
  • collaborating strategically with other research-led universities, institutes, agencies and funders in the public and private sector
  • enhancing the quality of the campus and facilities
  • developing the information infrastructure and the ability of staff, students and others to use it effectively.


To develop the University internationally we will:

  • do high quality, ground-breaking research that will have an impact on thinkers, policymakers, and business leaders world-wide
  • develop programmes that prepare students to succeed in the modern global economy
  • create opportunities for international exchange with high quality institutions, for both students and academic staff
  • promote and publicise our strengths on the international stage

By doing so, we aim to be an institution which teachers, researchers and intellectuals worldwide wish to be employed by or engage with, and which students from overseas naturally turn to when considering studying in the UK.


To develop an inclusive University we will:

  • engage and empower all staff and students to face the challenges associated with our ambitions
  • attract students from a range of backgrounds by developing a varied subject and programme mix, a welcoming and supportive environment, and opportunities through strategic partnerships
  • encourage cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental work in research and teaching
  • develop flexible and effective arrangements in support departments


To develop a sustainable University we will:

  • promote integrated planning of our finances and human resources at all levels
  • adopt an integrated approach to marketing to ensure sustained demand for our teaching and research offerings
  • develop clear and positive strategies based on a mutually supportive relationship between the University and the local and regional community
  • undertake and act on regular assessments of our environmental impact
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility with Environmental Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 United Kingdom York

Both Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Management are increasingly important for a wide range of organisations. This specialist Master provides the practical research skills and management background for you to work in these areas. [+]

Overview Both Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Management are increasingly important for a wide range of organisations. This specialist Master provides the practical research skills and management background for you to work in these areas. You'll examine theory, evidence and practice in CSR as well as the governance, assessment and practical resolution of environmental problems. You will combine the study of scientific, legal, policy and risks associated with sustainability with accounting, ethical and organisation aspects of business. Course content You'll look at the globalisation of business and the transnational nature of the environmental problems faced by business, regulators and policy makers. You will be introduced to the major challenges faced by decision makers when implementing Corporate Social Responsibility policies in the real world and you'll examine the consultancies helping organisations achieve their CSR objectives. You will be trained in suitable research methods and relevant ethical and legal issues while practising your research skills with independent projects. By the end of the course, you'll have developed the essential skills associated with business and financial management and managing sustainable organisations, as well as experience in environmental assessment and maximising ethical governance in organisations. Teaching and assessment This Master combines formal lectures, practical workshops and seminars. Guest lectures from corporate CSR directors and executives will give you an insight into real world situations and organisations. You will use the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to supplement lectures and practicals with additional material. Some modules offer optional drop-in help sessions. Assessments Types of assessment in this course include: Essays of around 3,000 words Examinations Presentations and reports 8,000 word dissertation. Formative assessment as you study will allow you to receive feedback on your progress and understanding. Career opportunities Within six months of graduation 100% of our graduates are employed, in further study or setting up their own business. More than 70% of our previous graduates are employed, either in the UK or abroad, and have gone on to work as: Environmental managers Sustainability consultants Supply chain analysts Lobbyists. Transferable skills You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including: Time management Problem solving Decision making Working knowledge of sustainable organisations Experience evaluating the "triple bottom line" Entry requirements You should have at least a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject such as management, finance, environmental science or geography. If you have a 2:2 degree in a relevant subject as well as additional experience, such as work in environmental management, then we will also welcome your application. You'll need a good level of mathematical or statistical ability in order to follow the quantitative and financial modules: you can demonstrate this with an element of economics, accounting or finance in your degree. You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system, which allows you to save your progress and return later to finish. If you're unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application. English language If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English language ability: IELTS: at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component. PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components We also accept other English Language Tests. Students who have successfully completed a recent undergraduate degree at a UK University are exempt from the English Language requirement. [-]

Location address
University of York
York, England, YO10 5DD GB