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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Corporate Social Responsibility

Course Description

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – the nature of the relationship between corporates, governments and communities has become increasingly significant as all parties become aware of the potential positive (or negative) impacts of businesses on the world beyond their immediate and obvious activities.

This MSc is designed to enable students to apply ways of thinking about CSR to local and global industries such as telecoms, finance, commodities trading and the extractive industries. Incorporating the study of a diverse array of local to global factors, the course assists students in grasping the complexities of the contemporary issues and challenges facing a variety of sectors and their role in development alongside governments and third sector organisations.

You will learn how to:
• Identify problems facing companies under the umbrella of social responsibility;
• Draw upon a range of sources to generate solutions to these problems;
• Apply conceptual frameworks in order to enhance understanding about the impacts of corporate policies;
• Recognise and reconcile the competing demands of corporate policies and stakeholder interests;
• Forecast the positive and negative impact of policies and actions in a manner that reduces corporate risk;
• Demonstrate the value of CSR in order to better inform decision-making.

Visit the website: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/social-work-and-social-sciences/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/corporate-social-responsibility-and-energy

Course detail

The course offers student two exit routes:

• MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Energy) or
• MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Sustainable Development)

After completion of 120 credits students can exit with:

• PgDip Corporate Social Responsibility (with Energy) or
• PgDip Corporate Social Responsibility (with Sustainable Development)

After completion of 60 credits students can exit with a PgCert Corporate Social Responsibility


Core modules on the course will cover a variety of issues connected to corporate social responsibility, including international standards and regulations, managing local content, the Global Compact, stakeholder engagement strategies and the triple bottom line in corporate sustainability. Also covered will be issues such as supply chain management, building value through value chain analysis and effective monitoring and evaluation approaches.

Modules specific to the two different exit routes will cover the following:

Those undertaking the energy route will examine the relationship of energy to issues around global and national security and conflict management. The impact of energy on health from the perspective of those both working inside the energy sector and those outside it who are affected by its operations will also be studied.

Those undertaking the sustainable development route will examine the impact of globalisation on communities, how to manage community development projects and developing leadership skills.

All students will study research design and methodology in preparation for the dissertation. This aspect of the course will focus on understanding the skills and techniques most suitable for use in the workplace and students will be encouraged to undertake a work based dissertation where appropriate.


A combination of lectures, seminars, on-line discussions, webinars and self-directed study.

The flexible nature of the course means that you will be able to pursue issues relating to CSR that are relevant and appropriate to your interests, experience and future career ambitions.


Assessment methods include written coursework in the form of essays, case studies and reports, contribution based assessment of online participation and a research project.


A variety of potential careers are open to students graduating from this course and former students have gone on to devise and manage the CSR strategies of national governments, to manage sustainability issues in multinational corporations, to work in corporate communications and PR and to doctoral studies to name just a few.

Developing the skills taught on this course enables graduates to help companies extend their appreciation of the environments they operate in, in order to better inform corporate decision-making and manage attendant uncertainties and risks. The student learning experience is directed towards achieving this, cultivating in students the necessary academic learning so that they graduate with employable, desirable skills and/or the ability to pursue further research opportunities within international contexts.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline


For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Corporate Social Responsibility page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Francis Xavier Tuokuu: Corporate Social Responsibility course PgCert/PgDip/MSc

"My choice for postgraduate study at Robert Gordon University was driven by the fact that the MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Energy programme has numerous world-class researchers.

"In addition to their keen interest in research, they are very helpful and supportive of students. The small class size makes teaching and learning interactive and this has prepared me professionally for the world of work. The department is very well equipped for research and the facilities are comparable to any top university in the world.

"Due to the wealth of knowledge I've acquired in this programme, I feel I'm ready to contribute to development back home in Ghana; by helping to solve problems through innovative research and most critically, impacting and inspiring the next generation of African development thinkers."


Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The School of Applied Social Studies has a number of merit scholarships on offer to students wishing to study at the School from September 2015. Please read through the following information carefully. Scholarships also available from some national government funding bodies.We have the following awards available for the academic year 2015/16:
- MSc Social Work: Depending on demand the awards will be between £1,000 and £2,000 per successful applicant. Course commences September 2015.
- MSc Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy: Depending on demand the awards will be between £1,000 and £2,000 per successful applicant. Course commences September 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 and £2,000 per successful applicant


Eligible Courses for the Merit Scholarships:
- MSc Social Work
- MSc Corporate Social Responsibility and EnergyFirst, you will have accepted a place on one of the above MSc courses.Second, you will either be an international or UK / EU applicant for full-time or distance learning mode of delivery.Third, you or your family will be responsible for paying the full-cost of the course.If you meet this criterion then you can complete an application form and return it to the School.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have a university degree at Honours level or equivalent, or at least 2/3 years relevant work experience. Non-graduate applicants may be accepted who have at least three years of managerial experience in a relevant position and can provide a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their suitability for the course. For information on English requirements, please visit our website

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