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Corporate Social Responsibility with Environmental Management - MSc

Course Description

Combine the growing discipline of Corporate Social Responsibility with the increasingly important issue of Environmental Management.


Both Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Management are increasingly important for a wide range of organisations. This specialist Masters 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.

For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules alongside a dissertation worth 80 credits. There are five core modules, amounting to 60 of your 100 required credits:
-Corporate and Social Responsibility (20 credits)
-Business and the Environment (10 credits)
-Environmental Impact Assessment (10 credits)
-Qualitative Methods (10 credits)
-Quantitative Methods (10 credits)

You'll also choose 40 credits from a range of optional modules:
-Business Information Systems (10 credits)
-Financial Management (10 credits)
-Social and Environmental Accounting (20 credits)
-International Political Economy of Business (20 credits)
-Ethical Marketing and Sustainability (20 credits)

You'll also complete an 8,000 word dissertation, worth 80 credits, as part of the MSc. Your independent research can cover any aspect of Corporate Social Responsibility and/or Environmental Management covered by the syllabus.

The dissertation will allow you to demonstrate your skills in research and apply insights from the taught modules.

Our teaching and research span the natural social and economic sciences in an integrated way. Postgraduate teaching is informed by our research which includes work in areas as diverse as ethical marketing, social enterprises, tropical rain forests, pollution, biodiversity conservation and wildlife management.


This course is suitable if you're aiming for a career in management and Corporate Social Responsibility in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Visit the Corporate Social Responsibility with Environmental Management - MSc page on the University of York website for more details!

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.

Last Updated

16 February 2017

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