This course is for
Graduates who want to develop key managerial skills with an emphasis on sustainability issues.
Gain a solid understanding of sustainability issues relating to corporate social responsibility. You’ll also develop your skills in the core business areas with this innovative MSc.
You’ll explore the challenges of ensuring sustainability in managing firms. You’ll also learn to manage relationships with communities, society and the natural environment.
Tier 4 visa scheme
Benefit from a streamlined visa application process and get six months leave after your course.
We’re one of a small group of UK universities selected to take part.
- Get a strong foundation in sustainability with our programme of units. You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to start a career in this area
- Get valuable experience with the opportunity to do a practice-based dissertation. You'll work with a partner company on a real business problem
- Dedicated sustainability and corporate social responsibility career events. You'll learn from and meet with alumni and industry speakers working in the field
- Share your knowledge and experiences with students from diverse backgrounds. Our 2016 class includes eight nationalities with first degrees in business/management, science and the arts
- Learn with the best researchers. You'll study with experts from the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society (C.B.O.S.), one of the biggest centres for business and society research in the country
- Get valuable experience with the opportunity to do a practice-based dissertation. You'll work with a partner company on a real sustainability problem
Content and structure
Semester one: taught units
You will take these units:
- Business economics
- Business ethics
- Environmental management
- Operations management
Semester two: taught units
You will take these units:
- Methods of management research
- Global governance and accountability
- Principles of corporate social responsibility
- Strategies for sustainability
You will select one of these units:
- Virtual organising: understanding group behaviour online
- Understanding employment law
- Strategic management
- Management consulting: data-driven approaches
- Project management
- Strategy and human resource management
- Leading and managing change
- Entrepreneurship and innovation
- Supply management
- Business analytics
- Consumer behaviour
- Contemporary and emerging issues for organisations
- New product development
- Risk and risk management
You will finish the course by choosing one of these two options:
- The Dissertation Track: You will produce a unique piece of research using techniques learned throughout the year.
- The Practice Track
Teaching and learning
You’ll learn from academics who are experts in the field of sustainability and management. Your learning experience will be enriched by the research activities and collaborations of academic staff.
We will also offer a wide range of opportunities for personal development. These will be delivered by specialists in our Careers Service, Academic Skills Centre and Library, or in partnership with the Students’ Union.
All units are taught on campus.
You will experience a variety of teaching methods including:
- project work
Methods of assessment
Units are assessed by a combination of formal examinations and coursework.
As well as the cost of books, you will also need to cover the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You should budget at least £100 for this.
Some courses involve visits away from the University campus, and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence for such trips.
This course is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Achieve your career goals
Study with us to help achieve your career goals. You will develop the right skills and work with employers from week one of the course.
Our graduates have a great employment record. Most go on to careers in a range of areas, start their own business or begin a PhD.
100% of 2016 Sustainability and Management students employed six months after graduation*
*Employment data based on those looking for work and for whom data is held (87% of 2016 class).
Destination of 2016 graduates
- 30% Consulting/Project Management
- 23% Marketing
- 15% Graduate Management Programme
- 8% Commercial/Sales
- 8% Banking
- 16% Other
- JM Renewable Solutions
- Network Rail
- Pladis Global
- Taiwan External Trade Development Council
2:1 or above (or international equivalent) is usually expected. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.
Type of degree
You should have at least a 2:1 at an undergraduate level.
If you are a UK student and completed your undergraduate degree abroad, your qualification must be equivalent to a 2:1 or above.
We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability.
European and international students
Contact us for more information about our entry requirements for your country, application help and funding details.
If English is not your first language, you will need to pass an English language test.
You will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 overall. Your scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking must be at least 6.5.
These results must be no more than two years old from the start date of your MSc course.
We also accept other language tests, including PTE Academic, TOEFL. iBT, CPE and CAE.
If you have already taken a test but have not met the required standard, you can apply to take a pre-sessional course at the University.
If you are already studying in the UK
If you completed all of your undergraduate studies in:
- the UK
- a country where English is the official first language
You may be exempt from our English language requirements.
If you have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 or 5.5, you may qualify for a combined offer.
- Five-week course: An overall IELTS score of 6.0 may allow you to take a five-week English course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.
- Ten-week course: An overall IELTS score of 5.5 may allow you to take a ten-week course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.