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This innovative and highly-respected course will provide you with an important commodity for today’s employer; an interdisciplinary education. Read more
This innovative and highly-respected course will provide you with an important commodity for today’s employer; an interdisciplinary education. The MSc Sustainability and Management is taught jointly by the Department of Geography, which is recognised for expertise in the research and teaching of environmental and social sustainability and the School of Management, which has a long tradition of research into sustainable businesses and corporate social responsibility.

The course will enable you to understand connectivities beyond the borders of just one discipline and you will develop the skills to communicate with experts across a variety of backgrounds. By the end of the year you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to help you become an expert in sustainability for leading companies, governmental agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/geography/coursefinder/mscsustainabilityandmanagement.aspx

Why choose this course?

- This course is unique as it is taught jointly by experts in the Department of Geography and the School of Management. You will benefit from cutting-edge teaching across the two subject areas.

- The course brings together two perspectives and will develop your understanding of how business and sustainability work together.

- You will benefit from innovative teaching including real-life case studies, mock debates, field work and volunteering units.

- You will have the opportunity to attend lectures by a wide-range of highly respected guest speakers on current sustainability and business issues.

- The course is truly multi-cultural with students from all over the world studying and working together.

Department research and industry highlights

The Centre for Research Into Sustainability (CRIS) makes an impact at various levels:
- Research focuses on the problem of creating sustainable societies, in particular sustainable organizations and sustainable eco-systems.

- We collaborate with companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations in order to transform organizational practices towards the goal of greater sustainability

Course content and structure

Core course units:
Sustainability, Development and Governance
This course will equip students with a detailed understanding of the development of sustainable development as a discourse. Students will explore key sustainability issues such as climate change, globalisation, and human responses with an emphasis on the emergence of environmental governance as a means to pursue sustainability.

Sustainability, Development and Society
You will develop a detailed understanding of key social / environmental relationships incorporating contemporary issues in the geographies of sustainability. These will include \'risk society\', sustainable cities, and the impacts of corporate sector activities on the environment. You will also understand the challenges to sustainable development at household and community levels, with a focus on community-based approaches to sustainable development.

Business Ethics and Enterprise
The aim of the course is to equip students with the moral frameworks and critical abilities necessary to understand the role of business in society from an ethical perspective. The course will cover different types of business including large publicly traded multinationals, small and medium sized enterprises, social enterprises and family firms. Students will be expected to understand the different issues in these organizational types and to articulate moral arguments from a range of different perspectives.

International Strategy
This course provides the student with an understanding of how international business strategy fits into the organisation and running of a company or multi-company corporation. The lectures are used to illustrate the key points under each topic as well as real business examples. Workshops will be used for case studies and applications of the material covered in the lectures. The aim of the module is to introduce the student to the way in which a firm can achieve sustainable competitive advantage through strategy.

Community Volunteer Project
You will undertake an independent volunteer project which will give you practical experience in gaining sustainability related work experience in a non-for profit organisation. The project will enhance your employability whilst and provide an opportunity to gain practical experience of third sector organisational objectives, cultures and practices.

Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods
The Research methods unit will help prepare you for your dissertation. You will recognise and critically evaluate approaches to management research and the assumptions upon which they are based. This will equip you to make justified choices as to appropriate quantitative/qualitative research methods for data collection and subsequent analysis. You will then be able to conduct research, and evaluate primary and secondary data sources in a systematic and critically reflective manner.

You will also evaluate potential limitations to research investigation and applications and develop a coherent and appropriate research proposal, recognising the ethical implications of research investigations and their impact upon findings.

You will analyse a sustainability or CSR issue in depth. By the end of the dissertation, you will be able to plan and manage a project, define aims and objectives, identify appropriate data sources and collection methods, be aware of and deal with potential pitfalls, execute a dissertation plan, and construct an effective argument.

- Elective course units:
International Sustainability Management
This course provides participants with an understanding of how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) informs sustainability management issues in large, transnational organisations. It will focus on issues such as consumption and sustainability as dichotomised between the apparently incompatible tensions of economic and environmental interests.

Technology and Development
This course provides you with an introduction to the role of technology in development, focusing particularly on mobile phone and computer technologies. The course combines an understanding of key theoretical debates and how technologies have been applied in diverse sectors such as health and education. The course also includes training in the use of GIS (geographical information systems) within a development context.

Participatory research
This course combines detailed understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of participatory research and methods with practical experience of using different participatory research techniques. These include participatory diagramming, participatory video and participatory environmental monitoring.

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- Gained insight and experience in the fields of sustainability and management and be well prepared to work in a number of related areas.

- Developed a thorough understanding of graduate research, enabling them to pursue further study at postgraduate level.


Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different sustainability-related areas, including:
- Director at Sustainable Travel International
- Consolidations and Reporting Analyst at Tetra Pak International
- Researcher at the Institute of Business Ethics
- Carbon Consultant at DHL

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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The Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership is an interdisciplinary postgraduate degree that explores leadership responses to sustainability challenges and opportunities. Read more
The Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership is an interdisciplinary postgraduate degree that explores leadership responses to sustainability challenges and opportunities. This programme is accredited by the University of Cambridge and delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

The MSt is offered in association with the Departments of Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Land Economy and the Judge Business School. Both academic excellence and leadership on sustainability are prioritised in the competitive selection process, and in the design and delivery of the programme.

See the website http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/mst-sustainability-leadership

Aims of the programme

- To develop leaders who have a wide awareness and deep understanding of the social, environmental, ethical and economic challenges facing the world, and equip them to respond more effectively in their executive roles.
- To expose leaders and future leaders to a range of best-practice cases of how business, government and civil society are responding to these challenges.
- To help leaders to make a compelling ‘business case’ for sustainability in their sector and/or institutional context, and understand how best to put sustainability policies into practice.
- To give leaders insights into the academic debate on sustainability, including some of the key scientific and technological issues, and equip them with research skills relevant to sustainability.


The primary approaches to teaching and learning are:

- taught sessions by academics and practitioners, who are thought-leaders and/or case study illustrators
- group work, involving dialogue, debate and presentations throughout the taught modules, as well as a group research assignment
- individual work, involving research and written presentation of findings on selected topics
- support and facilitation by a CISL-led team of faculty, tutors and supervisors from within the University
- intensive and collaborative e-learning programmes, including e-modules, online webinars and content-based discussions to maximize knowledge sharing.

Contact time

- Lectures: 35 hours per year
- Seminars and classes: 50 hours per year
- Small group teaching: 26 hours per year
- Supervision: 7 hours per year


- Dissertation: 15,000 words maximum (including footnotes, tables and graphs but excluding appendices and bibliography).
- An analysis paper of 3,000 words maximum
- A strategy paper of 3,000 words maximum
- A group project of 5,000-7,000 words

Some assignments and the dissertation require literature reviews. The dissertation also involves an oral presentation.

Students are given formal feedback on their assignment and informal feedback throughout their course, including during supervisions. First year tutors give an annual progress report at the end of year 1 and dissertation supervisors provide termly reports during year 2.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying


A limited number of small grants may be available from the alumni bursary fund to support eligible research activities.

Sources of government funding and financial support - including Professional and Career Development Loans: https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance

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MSc Strategy & International Business will provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of strategy and international business issues, in both developed and emerging economies. Read more
MSc Strategy & International Business will provide you with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of strategy and international business issues, in both developed and emerging economies. With the increasing globalisation of business and the revolution in information and communications technologies, no company can afford to ignore the international dimension of strategy.

Most, if not all, companies require internationalisation strategies, be they simple export or franchising arrangements, or complex and risky international joint ventures and/or foreign direct investment. These activities all require an understanding of the international business environment, which you will gain by studying this programme.

The strategy component of this degree will give you the knowledge and skills required to analyse companies’ strategic situations and to solve complex strategic problems. The international business component of the degree will develop your ability to assess and develop internationalisation strategies and operations, as well as your skills in international and cross-cultural management.

International exchange opportunities
In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will further enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules
-International Business Strategy
-International Business
-Strategic Management
-Advanced Topics in Strategy
-Professional Development Programme
-Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules (Choose four optional modules from the list that follows, subject to pre-requisites:*):
*Students who select Business Finance must also select International Finance
**Students who select Marketing Management must also select International Marketing Management
***Management Consultancy as Practice is core for students undertaking client/consultancy based dissertations

-Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
-Business Finance*
-International Finance*
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-People & World Organisations
-Global Ethics Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
-Marketing Management**
-International Marketing Management**
-Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
-Entrepreneurial Strategies
-Management of Innovation
-Advanced Topics in International Business
-Economic Environment of Business
-Management Consulting***

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. You will also complete a year-long dissertation project, in collaboration with your selected supervisor, an expert in your chosen field. You can choose to undertake a specialist topic dissertation or a consultancy-based project. Both options can be based either in qualitative or quantitative data and primary or secondary (desk-based) data.

Personal Development
You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.

Career opportunities

The unique combination of strategy and international business in this programme will provide you with a solid foundation for a career in a managerial position or as a consultant in any sector. It is also a suitable first step should you wish to pursue a research or academic career in strategy or international business. Recent graduate positions include:
-Business Development Consultant – Boilerhouse Media (UK)
-Business Process Analyst – Jaguar Land Rover
-Consultant – Deloitte (Spain)
-Senior Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
-Transformation Consultant – Cap Gemini Consulting (Germany).

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston.

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Note that this course is delivered by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) is a Master's-level graduate programme from the University of Cambridge. Read more
Note that this course is delivered by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) is a Master's-level graduate programme from the University of Cambridge. It equips senior and mid-career professionals and managers with the relevant skillsets to integrate sustainability thinking into business actions.

PCSB is widely regarded as one of the leading Master's-level programmes internationally for individuals who are seeking to enhance their ability to lead and influence change for sustainability, whilst also gaining an academic award.

The programme attracts strong, international cohorts of senior and mid-career professionals, predominantly from business. Because of this, PCSB alumni benefit from the world-class peer networking opportunities that the programme provides.

The programme spans a 9-month period (part-time) and is built around three short residential workshops, individual work-based assignments, and a group research project around an area of mutual relevance.

Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/component/courses/?view=course&cid=16032

About the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), an institute within the School of Technology, has run executive development programmes in sustainability for 25 years, with open programmes in the UK, Europe, North America, South America, South Africa and Australia, and customised programmes for many leading organisations.

Who is the course designed for?

The course has been designed for current and future leaders working in organisations that recognise the importance of sustainable development, and are committed to sharing their knowledge/experience and learning from others. It is an award of the University of Cambridge, and equivalent to one third of a Master’s degree.

It is assumed that participants will have a reasonably good general knowledge of some of the issues dealt with during the programme. However, it is not essential to have specialised knowledge, and it is not assumed that participants have direct responsibility for sustainability or related areas, such as CSR or environmental affairs.

Aims of the programme

Participants successfully completing the programme will:

- Gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business accredited by the University of Cambridge;
- Deepen their understanding of how sustainability issues impact on their sector, their organisation and their role;
- Develop the means to articulate the business case for sustainability, whilst balancing stakeholders' needs
- Analyse global business challenges, responses and organisational change;
- Build confidence to discuss emerging trends and issues which affect the business agenda with senior colleagues;
- Explore best practice and learn collaboratively with other professionals with different perspectives and experts in the field;
- Enhance their skills and experience in embedding sustainability in mainstream business operations and driving organisational change
- Become a member of the Cambridge Sustainability Network, which includes over 5,000 CISL alumni, faculty and contributors from around the world, who are leading the way in turning sustainability thinking into practice.

Students who complete the Postgraduate Certificate can then go on to complete the Postgraduate /diploma. The details of the Diploma are on the following website: http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/graduate-study/postgraduate-diploma-in-sustainable-business/pgdip-in-detail


In recognition of the practical challenges of participants undertaking study whilst holding down a full-time job, the programme does not require prolonged periods away from the workplace. Besides the short residential workshops, the core of the programme is an individual piece of work-related research and the development of a strategic action plan that is relevant to the participant's organisation.

A group project helps to ensure that as much inter-organisational learning takes place as possible. An online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) facilitates communication and collaboration between the short, intensive workshops.

The course runs for nine months and encompasses the following key elements:

- A three-week preparatory phase;
- Three residential workshops;
- Ongoing virtual and non-residential learning activities, including preparatory materials (readings / videos / audios) in advance of the residential workshops;
- Two individual assignments and a collaborative research project;
- Support and facilitation from a team of programme tutors;
- Informal and formal collaboration with fellow participants via email, teleconferences, face-to-face meetings, and the VLE.

In addition to attending the workshops, it is estimated that participants need to undertake at least 3–4 hours of work every week to complete the programme successfully.

Lectures: 40 hours
Seminars and classes: 4 hours
Small-group teaching: 6 hours
Supervision: 6 hours


Workshop 1: Understanding the challenges and developing the business case

- Environmental, social and economic pressures and drivers
- Sustainable development concepts and frameworks
- Developing a critical and analytical mind
- Building the business case for sustainability
- Identifying risks and opportunities

Workshop 2: Catalysing change beyond the organisation

- Systems thinking
- Sustainable production and consumption
- Design and technology policy, standards and regulations
- Finance, investment and enterprise

Workshop 3: Taking action: implementation and driving change

- Sustainability as core business strategy
- Culture and governance
- Embedding and integration
- Resourcing and skills development
- Influencing and communication
- Leadership and ethics


During the course students complete the following business-relevant assignments, each contributing one third to the final mark:

- Analysis paper, 3,000 words
- Strategic action plan, 3,000 words
- Group Project, 7,000 words


PCSB is the equivalent to the first third of the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership programme. The topics covered correspond with those taught during the first Master's workshop and the assignments undertaken are similar to those completed in the first year of the Master's programme.

It is not necessary to complete a Postgraduate Certificate prior to applying for the Master’s. Furthermore, while completing a PCSB successfully may strengthen applications to the Master’s, it does not result in preferential access or negate the need to satisfy the Master’s-specific admissions requirements.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

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In this programme, leading academics encourage students to think across different disciplines to blend scientific, socioeconomic and policy perspectives for a stronger understanding of sustainability and how it can be achieved. Read more

In this programme, leading academics encourage students to think across different disciplines to blend scientific, socioeconomic and policy perspectives for a stronger understanding of sustainability and how it can be achieved. This wider perspective is attractive to organisations which promote sustainable development or seek to reduce humanity’s effect on the environment.

Ensuring the environmental sustainability of society is one of the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. How can the needs of the world’s growing population be met without threatening the ecological processes that support human wellbeing?

How can the economy and energy systems be restructured to combat climate change? What policies foster sustainability? How can the necessary changes in the behaviour of organisations and individuals be promoted? This MSc programme explores these and related, topical questions.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Environment & Society Academy.

Programme structure

This programme consists of six taught courses, studied over two semesters. Students will also undertake a research project leading to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words.

Compulsory courses typically will be:

  • Principles of Environmental Sustainability
  • Case Studies in Sustainable Development
  • Dissertation

Option courses: In consultation with the Programme Director, you will choose from a range of option courses. We particularly recommend:

  • Atmospheric Quality and Global Change
  • Climate Change and Corporate Strategy
  • Energy & Society 1: Key Themes and Issues
  • Foundations in Ecological Economics
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Change and Sustainability
  • Environmental Valuation
  • Development: Principles and Practices
  • Understanding Environment and Development
  • Energy Policy and Politics
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Forests and Environment
  • Participation in Policy and Planning
  • Political Ecology
  • Sustainability of Food Production
  • The Ecology of Ecosystem Services
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Water Resource Management

Courses are offered subject to timetabling and availability and are subject to change.

Learning outcomes

Students will be equipped to:

  • assess the sustainability of policies, programmes and projects at scales ranging from the local to the global
  • analyse environmental problems using knowledge from different disciplines, leading to well-founded and effective solutions
  • advocate sustainable development and engage in informed debate on current environmental controversies

Career opportunities

This programme prepares students for a wide range of roles within environmental consultancy, national and local government, non-profit organisations, education or research. The choice of option courses and dissertation projects can be tailored towards your chosen career path.

Student experience

Would you like to know what it’s really like to study at the School of GeoSciences?

Visit our student experience blog where you can find articles, advice, videos and ask current students your questions.

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The digital revolution has led to an unprecedented volume of information about consumers, which progressive organisations are eager to understand and use. Read more

The digital revolution has led to an unprecedented volume of information about consumers, which progressive organisations are eager to understand and use. This innovative masters degree will give you the practical skills to analyse consumer data and provide insights for successful marketing strategies.

Taught by leading academics from Leeds University Business School and School of Geography, you’ll explore a range of analytical techniques including applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and retail modelling, consumer and predictive analytics and data visualisation. You’ll also develop the softer skills to use the results of these analyses to inform decisions about marketing strategy.

Thanks to our connections with businesses worldwide, you’ll have access to emerging trends in topics such as consumer behaviour, decision science and digital and interactive marketing. You’ll further develop your practical skills with the opportunity to work on a live data project provided by a company.

Academic excellence

This courseoffers you a rare combination of teaching expertise; the Business School’s academic excellence in Marketing alongside world-class teaching from the School of Geography, which draws on the knowledge of the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy.

The University of Leeds is a major centre for big data analytics and you’ll benefit from affiliation with the UK’s Consumer Data Research Centre. The centre aims to make data that are routinely collected by businesses and organisations accessible for academic purposes. Coordinating and analysing this large and complex data has the potential to increase productivity and innovation in business, as well as to inform public policy and drive development.

Read an interview with the academic team to learn more about our expertise and the growing importance of this emerging subject area.

Course content

Core modules will introduce you to a range of analytical methods, ensuring you develop a solid foundation in the essential skills for consumer analytics and marketing strategy.

You’ll learn how to analyse geographic data using GIS software and understand the application of this in retail modelling, to evaluate new markets and locations. You’ll study predictive analytics, big data and consumer analytics, business analytics and decision science, and learn how to communicate results through data visualisations.

Alongside this, you’ll learn how to deploy data to inform decisions about marketing strategy. Marketing modules include marketing strategy, consumer behavior and direct, digital and interactive marketing. You’ll also deliver your own data-driven marketing research project for a company.

Optional modules allow you to further your knowledge in a related area of interest, either corporate social responsibility, internal communications and managing change, or applied population and demographic analysis.

By the end of the course, you’ll submit an independent project. You can either research a topic in-depth and submit a dissertation, or gain practical experience through a consultancy project working with an external organisation.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take the nine compulsory modules below, plus your dissertation, which can be a choice of either a research dissertation or marketing consultancy project.

  • Geographic Data Visualisation & Analysis 15 credits
  • Big Data and Consumer Analytics 15 credits
  • Predictive Analytics 15 credits
  • Applied GIS and Retail Modelling 15 credits
  • Business Analytics and Decision Science 15 credits
  • Consumer Behaviour 15 credits
  • Marketing Research Consultancy Project 15 credits
  • Direct, Digital and Interactive Marketing 15 credits
  • Marketing Strategy 15 credits
  • Dissertation OR Marketing Consultancy Project 30 credits

Optional modules

You'll take one further optional module.

  • Applied Population and Demographic Analysis 15 credits
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability 15 credits
  • Internal Communications and Change Management 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Consumer Analytics and Marketing Strategy MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from the expertise of our academics, including lectures, workshops, seminars, simulations and tutorials. Company case studies provide an opportunity to put your learning into practice.

Independent study is also vital for this course, allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.


Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course you will be equipped with advanced skills in consumer analytics and marketing strategy, ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in consumer data analytics, marketing and/or management.

Due to the digital revolution, companies from around the world and in many industrial sectors have access to greater amounts of data.

The most progressive companies in the world are particularly interested in marketing graduates with strong analytical skills, and typical roles could include marketing or consumer data analyst, direct marketing manager, marketing manager, retail manager, or marketing or management consultant.

Careers support

As a masters student you will be able to access careers and professional development support, which will help you develop key skills including networking and negotiating, and put you in touch with potential employers.

Our dedicated Professional Development Tutor provides tailored academic and careers support to marketing students. They work in partnership with our academics to help you translate theory into practice and develop your interpersonal and professional business skills.

You can expect support and guidance on career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, as well as one-to-one coaching on interpersonal and communication skills.

Read more about careers support at the Business School.

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This masters degree covers the latest concepts in strategy and innovation, with a focus on business growth and sustainability issues. Read more

This masters degree covers the latest concepts in strategy and innovation, with a focus on business growth and sustainability issues. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and manage new products, services and business models in a range of sectors.

Introducing your degree

Innovation is crucial if businesses are to survive and thrive, and graduates with the skills to generate and implement new ideas are increasingly in demand in the private and public sectors. On this masters course you will explore different aspects of strategy and innovation and how they can be used to help companies become more competitive, to drive change in industries and to create new business opportunities. You’ll also look at how innovation impacts on the economy and society. The programme includes a forward-looking module, Trends in Strategy and Innovation, which will ensure you are up to date with the latest ideas and approaches. You will also learn about the strategic and management challenges of developing, implementing and marketing new products and services. The course content is underpinned by the extensive research expertise of our academics in the areas of business growth and sustainability – themes that are integrated throughout the programme.


Innovation is the fuel of companies’ competitive strategies; radical innovations can challenge established ways of working and revolutionise the business models of entire industries. 

This course examines strategy and innovation in the context of growth, including the growth of established companies through the introduction of new products, services and business models, as well as new business growth. It covers contemporary topics such as the sharing economy, disruptive technologies and service innovation concepts. There is also an emphasis on sustainability, including social, environmental and economic sustainability, reflecting current global trends. These themes also reflect the considerable research expertise of our staff, some of whom are world-leaders in their field.

We welcome applicants who have just completed their undergraduate studies as well as those with substantial professional experience who are looking to advance their current career or move into a new sector. The diversity of our student community adds another dimension to the learning experience, offering the opportunity to develop a global network.

Career Opportunities

Your knowledge of strategic thinking and the innovation process, alongside your management capabilities, will mean you are well placed to go into any organisation that is interested in developing new products or business models. These could be small start-ups or large companies – one recent graduate has gone to work for Procter and Gamble in Vietnam, for example. 

This course is also excellent preparation if you are interested in starting your own business. One of our graduates started her own successful ride sharing business in Nigeria (GoMyWay.com) in Nigeria.

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Corporate responsibility and sustainability have become significant issues for a wide range of organisations and for the managers who work within them. Read more
Corporate responsibility and sustainability have become significant issues for a wide range of organisations and for the managers who work within them. A broad range of reasons underpin this increase in significance, such as high-profile corporate scandals; a growing need to demonstrate accountability, transparency and sustainability; a decreasing tolerance for corporate excess and irresponsibility; as well as the need to protect corporate reputation and to develop brand loyalty and competitive advantage.

The MSc Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding, to stimulate critical thinking and to practise problem-focused decision-making on a range of economic, social and environmental issues that affect the operation of contemporary organisations. It will be of benefit to those individuals who either have already acquired an appreciation of corporate responsibility and sustainability through their career and wish to develop further insights into this subject, or those who have limited knowledge of the subject and wish to develop their understanding and appreciation of it or use the knowledge gained to embark on a career in this sector.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Designed to link theory and practice by building on Birkbeck’s renowned quality teaching and expertise in the delivery of part-time education. Since many Birkbeck students work, this programme brings together those with relevant experience and an interest in developing further.
Designed for those wishing to engage critically with the issues of business and society, those wishing to be involved professionally in corporate responsibility and sustainability sector, and those wishing to continue for a PhD in this area.
Teaching is underpinned by research work at the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Master's in Environmental and Society Studies. Master's specialisation in Corporate Sustainability. Studying innovations and socio-economic transformations that enhance an environmentally sustainable economy, in particular the role of business and the market. Read more

Master's in Environmental and Society Studies

Master's specialisation in Corporate Sustainability

Studying innovations and socio-economic transformations that enhance an environmentally sustainable economy, in particular the role of business and the market.

The private sector plays a crucial role in shaping our sustainable society. Products and services and the way they’re developed, produced, and distributed put a considerable amount of pressure on the world’s resources. The private sector is therefore key to solving structural resource scarcity and environmental problems, notably related to fossil energy use and climate change.

More and more businesses believe they have a responsibility to tackle environmental challenges and, indeed, do so. But how can all businesses be gotten to think of both planet and profit? Does it work best when the pressure comes directly from governance in the form of economic sanctions and legislation? Or is it better that the pressure comes from consumers demanding sustainability? If so, how can public opinion be swayed in favour of the environment?

See on our website: http://www.ru.nl/masters/corporate

Innovations and socio-economic transformations

In the Master’s in Corporate Sustainability, we’ll look at all these aspects. Therefore, you can expect to learn about behavioural economics, organisational studies and innovation management as well as about different environmentally sustainable economies. Examples of sustainable economy include the we-economy, the bio-economy, the circular economy and the sharing economy. Another crucial question is whether these can exist in the current market where the main focus lies on economic growth.

You’ll be introduced to the latest scientific insights, which will be illustrated with numerous examples from the private sector: from cars and light bulbs to second-hand item web shops to coffee and chocolate. Because of the attention given to both strategy and policy, you’ll be able to work as an advisor for both the private and public sector. You could help governmental organisations and NGOs stimulate companies and consumers to make the needed change. Or you could work for a company in any sector and show them the power of environmental innovation.

Why study Corporate Sustainability at Radboud University?

The specialisation strongly focuses on the corporate level of sustainability transformations and corporate social responsibility.

There’s particular attention for innovation: not just technological innovations but also on innovating manufactory processes and new business models.

The main focus is on policies and the social-organisational aspects surrounding innovations rather than the concrete innovations themselves.

Related aspects of business administration will be incorporated in this specialisation. You can also take courses from the Master’s in Business Administration as electives for a multidisciplinary perspective.

You’ll also benefit from the advantages of the Master’s programme in Environment and Society Studies in general.

Environment and Society Studies: Towards a sustainable future

See on our website: http://www.ru.nl/masters/corporate

Radboud University Master's Open Day 10 March 2018

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This industry-accredited course is aimed at civil and/or structural engineers who aspire to become senior sustainability managers in both consulting engineering and contracting organisations. Read more
This industry-accredited course is aimed at civil and/or structural engineers who aspire to become senior sustainability managers in both consulting engineering and contracting organisations. It successfully balances sustainable structural engineering with advanced construction management, and is led by a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers. With sustainability being a key issue for the 21st century, this course offers specialised knowledge and skills that will enhance your employability potential.

Key features
-This programme builds on the research excellence in sustainable concrete construction at Kingston University and is fully compatible with the existing Government and Foresight Strategy on Sustainable Construction.
-Input from experts at leading civil engineering, construction and related companies complements the academic teaching. This enables you to develop a wider perspective and understanding of the worldwide sustainability issues facing the construction industry.

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, under licence from the Engineering Council, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

What will you study?

The hands-on course focuses on the challenges and opportunities for the concrete industry in meeting the demands of sustainability. It combines concrete technology, sustainable construction, earthquake engineering, fire assessment, geo-environmental engineering and construction management.

The advanced concrete design module is assessed by coursework based on the national university competition organised by The Concrete Centre, the trade body representing the concrete industry in the UK.


Coursework (including real-world case studies) and/or exams, practice-led research dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

-Management of Project Risk, Quality and Safety
-Sustainable Construction and Substructure Design
-Structural Design in Concrete and Steel
-Estimating, Tendering and Procurement

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Why Surrey?. This programme is run by the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) – a leading centre for environmental and sustainability-related research and postgraduate teaching. Read more

Why Surrey?

This programme is run by the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) – a leading centre for environmental and sustainability-related research and postgraduate teaching.

CES accommodates a wide range of disciplines dedicated to resolving environmental problems, and this Masters programme prepares a new generation of environment and sustainability professionals for the strategic challenges ahead.

This programme provides both a theoretical and practical grounding for evaluating the technical, social, economic and organisational elements of environmental problems.

These include life-cycle assessment and other analytical methods to understand how to use resources and manage materials and waste. You will learn how to anticipate and respond to future policy developments and market pressures, understand stakeholders’ roles, and develop problem-solving and decision-making skills.

This programme provides a route to graduate membership of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. We encourage you to explore past and present student experiences of our environment and sustainability programmes.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time and part-time. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Industrial placement

Full-time students are able to undertake an industrial placement module which enables them to spend six to twelve weeks working for a company or NGO, doing the type of work they will aim to find on graduation.

Examples of organisations at which recent industrial placements have taken place include:

  • Minimise Solutions
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • GAP
  • Diocese of London
  • The Radisson
  • LC Energy
  • Solar Aid
  • NUS

Guest lecturers

Several high-profile guest lecturers have assisted with the delivery of some of the modules. CES modules make maximum use of guest lecturers, drawing on the practical skills and experience of key experts from government and industry to complement the theoretical components of the modules offered.

For example, Jonathon Porritt, former chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission, gives a guest lecture on the Sustainable Development Applications module, analysing the standing of sustainable development in business and policy making.

The extensive expertise of CES academics and researchers is also drawn upon in modules. Professor Tim Jackson, advisor to the government and international bodies and author of the seminal book, Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet– also lectures on some CES modules.

Educational aims of the programme

  • Provide theoretical and practical grounding for evaluating technical, social, economic, and organisational aspects of environmental problems
  • Apply life-cycle assessment thinking and other analytical methods to gain better understanding of resource uses and materials/wastes management
  • Anticipate and respond pro-actively to future environmental policy developments including government regulation and policy, and competitive market pressures
  • Develop a greater understanding and sensitivity to the range of stakeholders in environmental planning and management
  • Adapt and apply appropriate specialist techniques and methodologies for problem-solving andn decision-making through advanced module options

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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'Sustainability and Growth' (formerly. Resources, Development and Growth) is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics. Read more
'Sustainability and Growth' (formerly: Resources, Development and Growth) is one of the specialized tracks of the Master's program in Economics.

Tilburg University is ranked #11 worldwide in Business and Economics (Times Higher Education, 2016).

Combine inclusive economic growth with a non-deteriorating environment:

Recently the OECD and Worldbank have launched a Green Growth strategy, which looks for ways to combine inclusive economic growth with a non-deteriorating environment. International development agencies, national governments, regional planners, but also internationally operating firms have to deal with the tension between development and growth on the one hand, and responsible use of resources on the other hand.

This has resulted in a wide variety of responses at the firm level, from foreign investments with the aim of securing resources to corporate social responsibility strategies. At the more aggregate level, analysts have been questioning the growth imperative (cf. Occupy Wall Street, Degrowth) - is growth obsolete?

Evaluate policies and firm strategies towards development and sustainable resource use:
In the 'Sustainability and Growth' track, you will learn how to analyze the sources of economic growth in a country or region, the barriers to growth and development they face, and the possible negative consequences of growth. You will be trained to evaluate policies and firm strategies towards development and sustainable resource use.

The track is closely linked to the Tilburg Sustainability Center, a multidisciplinary research and policy advise institute.

In these courses, you will learn how to evaluate people’s willingness to pay for environmental improvements, and how to measure the effectiveness of structural reform policies. You will write policy proposals regarding inequality and growth, educational policies, and innovation strategies. An example of a case you will be analyzing is investment in sustainable production methods in Vietnamese villages.

Career perspectives

This track is advised if you wish to pursue a career in international organizations (World Bank), national governments (Ministry of Development Cooperation, Ministry of the Environment), non-governmental organizations, or internationally oriented consultancy firms.

Examples of functions of recent graduates of this track:
•Consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank
•Credit Risk Analyst at FMO
•Consultant at The World Bank
•Senior Business Consultant at SimCorp
•Policy Advisor at CNV
•Strategy Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group
•Business Analyst at Argos Energies
•Consultant at Mercados EMI
•Business Consultant at First Consulting
•Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC
•Junior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam
•Projectleader SEPA at IBC Business Consulting
•Business Analyst at PostNL
•Business Analyst Finance and Enterprise Performance at Accenture
•Consultant at Steward Redqueen
•Junior Consultant at ECORYS
•Financial-Economic Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
•Research Consultant at Digitalis Ltd

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The MSc in Environmental Technology provides the highest . standard of knowledge and skills development.  for environmental specialists. Read more

The MSc in Environmental Technology provides the highest standard of knowledge and skills development for environmental specialists. Through the course students acquire a diverse range of discipline-specific problem-solving frameworks for tackling contemporary environmental issues. A major emphasis of the course is on the way that environments function and on the compatible tools, alternative technologies and policies for sustainable environmental management. MSc Candidates also learn to appreciate that successful projects depend, at least in part, on belonging to a network of experts aiming to advance personal and collective environmental goals. We emphasise a friendly and supportive learning environment.  

Our course combines the natural and social sciences in a truly interdisciplinary manner, providing a foundation for graduates to demonstrate their ability to identify and resolve environmental and sustainability issues in a holistic way. This broad training is followed by an in-depth education in many specialised areas, maintaining the course's interdisciplinary nature. The specialist options in the second term are designed to cater for a variety of individual interests and career requirements. 

The course provides students with different options to build on their undergraduate degree, by allowing them to specialise in an area of particular interest, convert undergraduate knowledge to a different setting, differentiate for the job market and learn specific techniques and tools for research and management. 

Building on Imperial’s environmental world-class research portfolio, dedicated teaching staff to coordinate the interdisciplinary nature of our course and very strong links with industry, business and regulators. We pride ourselves on the quality of the service we provide to students, science and the society, and our excellence in delivering the valuable interaction between scientific/technological training and industrial experience.

Director of the course is Dr Mike Tennant 

Business and the Environment

Contemporary “business-as-usual” solutions are not sufficient for achieving meaningful change in a resource-constrained and inequitable world. Students taking the Business and the Environment Option (B&E) will develop a critical understanding of how businesses currently tackle the challenges of sustainability in the broadest of senses. They will use creative thinking to develop proactive businesses models that go beyond contemporary levels of sustainability performance.

The B&E Option provides students with an understanding of opportunities and risks that businesses face in the light of growing environmental and sustainability constraints and social inequality. It gives them the critical thinking skills required to develop entrepreneurial solutions that maximise those opportunities. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to deal with the complex choices that business must face in order to function as responsible members of society.

The Option benefits from the input of leading companies and strategists in the fields of sustainability, environment, finance, retail and emerging markets, and students are exposed to a wide variety of industry and academic perspectives. There is a strong emphasis on problem-solving , taking a learning-by-doing approach and going beyond the norm to develop solutions to difficult problems using systemic, innovative thinking coupled with sound business and organisational management strategies.

Teaching is supported with case study sessions, which give students the skills and confidence to rigorously analysis sustainable business problems. Extensive practical work serves to both reinforce learning and to give students exposure to real-world problems. A group-based consultancy project is carried out in conjunction with leading UK-based companies, whilst a business modelling exercise gives students the opportunity to develop their own ideas of what a responsible company should look like by creating robust business ideas that have positive environmental and social impacts.

Key elements of the Option include:

  • understanding sustainability challenges across a company’s complete supply chain
  • innovation and sustainability
  • problem-solving using life cycle and systems thinking
  • effective stakeholder engagement, corporate reporting and marketing
  • business ethics and responsibility
  • basic accounting for business
  • creativity and business modelling

Expected learning outcomes for the B&E Option are:

  • to understand, interpret and creatively apply good practice in sustainable business strategy and operations to contemporary business problems
  • to interpret and evaluate complex, inter-disciplinary and future-oriented sustainability concepts and apply them to create entrepreneurial business ideas
  • to effectively engage peers and professionals in generative conversations
  •  to effectively use a range of technical and transferrable skills


Graduates of the B&E Option normally go on to careers in a wider variety of organizations, including sustainability and general consultancy, in-house sustainability units and start-up companies.

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With businesses worldwide understanding the importance of bringing their organisations in line with the broader expectations of society, this programme taught in a world class business school environment will equip you for the future of sustainable business. Read more
With businesses worldwide understanding the importance of bringing their organisations in line with the broader expectations of society, this programme taught in a world class business school environment will equip you for the future of sustainable business.

Course outline

MSc Strategic Sustainable Business is a business degree with a difference. With businesses worldwide understanding the importance of bringing their organisations in line with the broader expectations of society, this programme taught in a world class business school environment will equip you for the future of sustainable business.

This programme has been designed to allow you to explore the challenges and opportunities that environmental and social sustainability issues create for organisations at a strategic level. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach, enabling you to explore sustainability, carbon management and social responsibility in a strategic business context.

We use academic and practical activities together with a variety of philosophical and grounded perspectives to give you a detailed knowledge and understanding of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

For more information on the full time version of this course, see here: http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/abs/abs/msc-strategic-sustainable-business/

For more information on the Postgraduate Certificate portion of this course, see here: http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/abs/abs/postgraduate-certificate-in-strategic-sustainable-business/

Subject guide and modules

Core Modules:
-Corporate Governance Regulation & Compliance
-Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
-Strategic Business Sustainability
-Strategy, Change & Leadership
-Green Information and Operations Management
-Public Policy CSR & Sustainable Development
-Technology, Business & Sustainability
-Ethics in Academic Practice

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Part-time / Distance learning
Part-time distance learning will allow you the flexibility to take control of your own learning and balance study with professional and personal obligations.

Applying yourself to two modules per term, combined with the final dissertation, will allow you to complete the course in the recommended two year period. However you are able to spread your study over a maximum of five years, affording you the opportunity to study at a slower pace or take breaks where necessary.

The programme is designed to cater for distance learners and is supported online with a sophisticated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with each module being designed specifically to cater for the needs of online distance learners.

Career opportunities

This programme will prepare you for roles in commercial business, the public sector, social enterprises or the not-for-profit and charitable sectors. Recent graduate positions include:
-Senior Director, Sustainability, Kelloggs
-Senior Consultant for UNICEF, Asia and Pacific Regions (for CSR)
-Assistant Manager, Sustainability, Armstrong Fluid Technology
-Associate in Sustainability Services, KPMG Consulting
-Environmental and Social Consultant, Deloitte (France)
-Freelance Sustainability and Communications Consultant, UK

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

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The MSc in International Business Management is aimed at graduates with no previous business or management experience, or those wishing to change or develop their careers, to study towards an internationally recognised MSc. Read more
The MSc in International Business Management is aimed at graduates with no previous business or management experience, or those wishing to change or develop their careers, to study towards an internationally recognised MSc.

The course aims to enhance and build upon existing skills and/or experience to provide relevant business and management training and skills.

Five pathways are available:

1. MSc in International Business Management with Finance
2. MSc in International Business Management with Human Resource Management
3. MSc in International Business Management with Marketing
4. MSc in International Business Management with Logistics
5. MSc in International Business Management with Sustainability Management

Sustainability Management pathway

Semester 1: Climate Change: causes and impact; Competitive Strategy; International Business; plus one optional course
Semester 2: Climate Change: mitigation and adaption; Business Economics; Business Research Methods; plus one optional course

A dissertation on a Sustainability Management topic is then completed over the summer months.

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