Are you interested in how businesses engage with communities? Are you curious about how corporate governance mechanisms lead to responsible business? Have you wondered how organisations think about the natural environment and the impact this has? Or are you just passionate about all things sustainability? If so, then the MSc in Sustainability and Management is for you!
This programme explores the challenges and opportunities that social and environmental issues create for organisations. We will uncover the thinking behind, and tools of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, that help managers improve the long-term survival of their organisations within increasingly dynamic global markets. We will debate some of the core assumptions of business and consider the changes needed to bring organisations more in line with the broader expectations of society. We will investigate the challenges for managerial decision-making that arise from the imperative to improve the sustainability of the firm and its relationships with communities, society and the natural environment. Our programme is 12 months long, with two 11-week semesters of taught content, and the summer period, where you can choose between a research dissertation and a practice track.
The programme will: *Deepen and advance your understanding of corporate sustainability *Provide you with a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of significant contemporary issues in business and management research with a particular emphasis on issues relating to corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability *Enable you to balance theory with practical application *Develop your key business skills including group working skills, project management and presentation skills * Leverage the expertise of nationally and internationally recognised faculty who have successfully published in the world’s top journals * Prepare you for a wide variety of business/ management roles
Structure and Content
Our MSc in Sustainability and Management is an intensive full-time programme lasting 12 months. The programme is divided into two 11-week semesters of taught content, and the summer period, where you can choose between a research dissertation and the practice track. The dissertation allows you to focus on a specific aspect of sustainability that is interesting to you, using theory and robust research methods to investigate and generate a much deeper understanding of this area of interest. The practice track allows you take all you have learned about sustainability, and use this knowledge within your team to come up with a solution for an organisation’s problem.
Semester 1 During the first semester you will study the following five modules: -Business Economics -Business Ethics -Marketing -Human Resource Management -Operations Management
Semester 2 During the second semester the modules are: -Methods of Management Research -Strategies for Sustainability -Principles of Corporate Social Responsibility -Environmental Management -Global Governance and Accountability
Please note that modules and unit content are subject to change. Please see the latest programme catalogue for information on courses currently available.
Summer period During the summer period you will be able to choose between two tracks: (1) dissertation track and (2) practice track. The dissertation track gives you the opportunity to do a piece of substantial work on your own, demonstrating originality, innovation, drive, and determination. The dissertation also enables you to plan and execute your own project, giving you complete choice and flexibility.
The practice track allows you to undertake a number of tasks, both working in teams with other members of your cohort and working individually. The practice track is designed to allow you to apply learned concepts and theories to practical problems and issues, including a management problem which will be presented to you by an organisation. This track also provides opportunities for gaining practical experience in running team projects.
Both tracks allow you to demonstrate critical insight and reflective thinking about business/management/policy issues. The tracks also help develop your written and presentation skills, and your ability to develop effective arguments. All of these attributes are transferable skills relevant to the workplace and your future career.
Teaching & Learning Methods
You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning methods that could include: interactive lectures, case studies, seminar presentations and group project work. As this is a Masters level course, we place a significant emphasis on independent, directed, private study that is often conducted in learning sets or groups.
A variety of individual and group assessment methods are used throughout the degree including assignments, exams, presentations, reports and exercises.
Career development and Support
We recognise that enhancing your employability is a primary goal for undertaking a Master's degree at Bath. We have a successful track record and extensive experience of working with a wide range of global organisations to develop the right skills and competencies that our students will need to achieve their career goals.
Destinations of our MSc in Sustainability and Management graduates (2014):
100% of 2014 MSc Sustainability and Management graduates were employed within 6 months of graduation. Our outstanding record for employability is reflected in the companies and organisations where these graduates now work:
AB Inbev AnTech DAI (USAID project) Mitsubishi Total The Carbon Trust University of Bath Williams Advanced Engineering
Career Development Programme
Our expert careers team is dedicated to providing first class careers support exclusively for School of Management MSc students. We offer a Comprehensive Career Development Programme and provide an individual service by working with you on a one-to-one basis to identify your career goals and help you to plan your job search.
Our Career Development programme is integrated into your MSc timetable and includes;
- An overview of career opportunities in different sectors - Workshops on the recruitment process including: CVs, cover letters, application forms and interview advice - Mock interviews and assessment centres - Opportunities to network with graduate recruiters, sector specialists and alumni - Guest speakers, company visits and presentations, employer-led skills sessions - Development of employability skills by participating in company sponsored community projects - Week-long business immersion week - The Future Business Challenge - Additional support for international students and those seeking global job opportunities
A highly ranked business school
We have established ourselves as one of Europe’s leading business schools and 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the University of Bath, celebrating our past achievements and looking forward.
A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses is being developed for students at English universities. There will be loans of up to £10,000 available for Masters students starting a course in 2016/17. More information is available on the study site (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/taught/government-loans/index.html) and the government website external website.