MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability

Cranfield University

Program Description

MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability

Cranfield University

The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc shares course content, including modules and other programme activities, with our Management MSc programme, which is ranked 1st in the UK and 7th in the world in The Economist Which MBA? Masters of Management 2017 ranking.

Corporate Social Responsibility has never been more relevant to our organisations - it ensures businesses have a positive impact on the world and enables society to reach its goals. The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc will teach you the practicalities of how real businesses successfully embed sustainability into their core business purpose and strategy.

At a glance

  • Start date: 24 September 2018
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Delivery: Taught modules 65%, individual thesis 35%
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study type: Full-time

Who is it for?

This course is designed for ambitious graduates with a keen interest in the social, environmental and economic impact that organisations have on the world and early career professionals who wish to transition into a sustainability-focused role. It is suitable for students who aspire to embed sustainability into their future management career across a varied range of private, public and not-for-profit organisations, sectors and roles.

Class Profile 2017/18*:

Gender: Male 41% - Female 59%
Age Range: 20 - 39 years
Average Age: 26 years
Number of Nationalities: 11
Cohort Size: 75 MiM 46

*The above data combines the 2017/18 class profiles for the three Cranfield Management MSc courses.

Term Dates

Orientation Week: 24 September 2018 – 28 September 2018
Term One: 1 October 2018 – 14 December 2018
Term Two: 7 January 2019 – 22 March 2019
Term Three: 8 April 2019 – 21 June 2019
Term Four: 24 June 2019 – 6 September 2019

Why this course?

The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc is a highly practical course featuring a distinctive blend of theory and application. You will gain the knowledge and skills required for a career focused on corporate social responsibility, and working with some of our partner organisations you will put this learning into action by working on sustainability projects, finding real business solutions to complex sustainability issues. You will understand, and be able to respond to, complicated social, environmental and economic issues in the context of both national and international business.

You will gain valuable insight into sustainability in practice through a series of master classes and presentations from specialists in the field. Previous masterclass topics have included sustainability marketing and environmental management systems. Students have also had the opportunity to attend master classes with:

  • Marks & Spencer at their London Head Office
  • Diageo at The Innovation Forum on Sustainable Drinks Industry conference at their Head Office
  • Solitaire Townsend, co-founder of Futerra

Guest speakers have included:

  • Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director of Accenture for Sustainability and author of the best-selling book on the Circular Economy, Waste to Wealth
  • Nick Robins, co-director of Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System at UNEP (UN Environment Programme)
  • John Elkington, pioneer of the triple-bottom-line concept, founder of Volans and SustainAbility, author of over 20 books, thought-leader, business strategist, entrepreneur and environmentalist
  • Loughlin Hickey, senior adviser to A Blueprint for Better Business and trustee of the Blueprint Trust
  • Darren Stibbe, CEO of The Partnering Initiative

You will also have the opportunity to attend corporate social responsibility events and conferences with our faculty including ‘Doing Good Doing Well’ in Barcelona, a two-day conference, which includes prominent keynote speakers, workshops, and competitions.

Throughout the programme, you will also benefit from the extensive expertise and networks available within our internationally recognised Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility. The Centre works to empower current and future managers with the knowledge, skills, and desire to lead responsible, sustainably managed organisations and includes prominent members including its director Professor David Grayson who teaches on this programme. David is a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity and small business development. He speaks, writes and advises regularly on business, society, entrepreneurialism, and future trends for businesses, media and business schools around the world and has worked with many, leading global businesses including BP, Shell, Microsoft, and Diageo. He has also worked with international institutions such as the OECD, the European Union, and the World Bank.

Cranfield School of Management is known for being close to the business. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management. Cranfield is one of the early signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRIME), and focuses on teaching and enhancing long-term social, environmental and sustainable business practices.

Informed by Industry

Cranfield bridges the gap between the corporate and academic worlds to promote sustainable business management. Our close connections within the industry have enabled us to create and develop a 'community of practice' in the field, in which we serve as researchers, mentors, and educators. Our faculty is supported by a team of international visiting industry speakers and professors who bring the latest thinking and best practice into the classroom, ensuring you have up-to-date, relevant insight from the corporate social responsibility sector.


The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc is a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) dual accreditation degree.

You will have the unique opportunity to stand out from other management graduates by achieving CMI’s professional management qualification alongside your Cranfield degree.

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, the hallmark of any professional manager, and encompasses a membership community more than 100,000 strong. More information can be found at

Course details

This highly engaging course comprises twelve general management modules in addition to specialist corporate sustainability modules. You will also take part in a practical sustainable business consultancy project and undertake a major research project based on a real sustainable business issue of your choice. Some of our previous students have completed projects with company sponsors including Heineken, and EasyJet. The Applied Science and Technology for Environmental Sustainability module is taught by the Cranfield School of Water, Energy, and Environment, and provides you with further relevant sustainability experience in a real-world context.

Individual project

The thesis will require you to undertake a major research project based on a real sustainability business issue. You will apply your management knowledge, skills and analytical abilities to real-life situations and demonstrate your ability to research issues, critically evaluate data and information, apply tools and techniques to solve management problems, and write a report concisely, informatively and persuasively.


Taught modules 65%, individual thesis 35%

School of Management Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

At Cranfield, you will receive support to help you plan an effective career strategy, whether you are looking to secure your first role in corporate sustainability, or wanting to take your career to the next level. The Cranfield Career Development Service will help you to plan your personal and professional development and provide you with lifelong career management skills.

Last year's Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc graduates secured jobs with a diverse range of companies including Coca-Cola Enterprises, Heineken, USB Asset Management and SIRE Life Sciences.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).

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Last updated September 13, 2018
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