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Corporate Social Responsibility (MSc)

Course Description


All over the world, expectations about the role of large corporations are changing. Today, the performance of businesses is assessed not only by earnings or share price - scrutiny is also placed upon organisations' economic, cultural, social and environmental impacts. The actions, policies and strategies that businesses develop to consider these impacts are referred to under the umbrella concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

You will learn how to:

- Identify problems facing energy 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.

This course aims to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to help formulate and manage a socially responsible agenda. In particular you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the influences upon, and impacts of, the energy sector, learn how to manage these impacts and develop the capacity to provide ethical leadership. We will help you to achieve this through exposure to a number of different disciplines associated with the articulation of CSR. These include business studies, cultural studies, economics, engineering, political science, research methodology and sociology.

How you will learn

On campus learning will take place in lecture and seminar rooms, largely in the modern Garthdee complex. The teaching and learning experience will be complemented by the University's virtual learning environment facility (CampusMoodle) and library which includes considerable electronic resources.

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.

Entry Requirements

You should have a university degree at Honours level or equivalent, or at least 2/3 years relevant work experience.

All international applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by either gaining IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

English Language Requirements - http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/international-students/english-language-requirements


There are growing numbers of opportunities for graduates in CSR designated sections and related areas of the energy sector such as community development, human resources, project management, public relations and strategic planning. CSR expertise is also being integrated within functions such as accountancy, business development, corporate communications, engineering, law, operations management, and scientific exploration.

Hence the course is designed to prepare you for middle and senior management roles across the world in a range of areas within oil, gas and renewable companies, government departments, regulatory bodies and NGOs. In addition, there is scope for graduates to pursue research on behalf of funding or energy-related organisations.

Robert Gordon University has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK. CSR graduate employment prospects will be further enhanced through the acquisition of applied transferable skills such as critical analysis, decision-making, leadership, management, problem solving and research methods.


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

Visit the Corporate Social Responsibility (MSc) 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. For information on English requirements, please visit our website

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU £6,950; International Students £9,500

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