CSR and environmental management are becoming key issues for a wide range of businesses and organisations, both in the UK and overseas, as they seek to resolve longstanding operational and competitive challenges using socially and environmentally friendly technologies and processes. The context of the programme is international, reflecting the increasing trend towards the globalisation of business organisation and the transnational nature of environmental problems faced by the corporate sector and regulators and policy-makers. The programme is suitable for those aiming for careers in management both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Note: This is a specialist masters programme. It will not be possible to transfer onto other Environment Department or York Management School programmes if you accept an offer to study for a MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility with Environmental Management.
What the programme covers
The programme incorporates a range of modules in business and environmental management, which are taught between October and May. For 2012-2013, the compulsory modules are Corporate Social Responsibility and Risk; Tools for Environmental Assessment; Financial Management; Business Information Systems; Environmental Science and Management Group Case Study; Qualitative Research Methods; and Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis. The optional modules for 2012-13 offer a choice in the York Management School between Social and Environmental Accounting or Continuity and Change in Organisations, and in the Environment Department between Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Management or Environmental Law and Policy.
The programme also incorporates a dissertation component, carried out between May and September, involving independent research in any aspect of CSR and Environmental Management covered by the syllabus. This dissertation element typically involves collaboration with an external public or private sector organisation.
The structure and content of the programme is currently being reviewed for 2013-2014, based on the views of academic staff and student experience, and using an advisory panel of external organisations. This may result in some changes to the modules that are offered, although the basic structure and aims of the course will remain unchanged.
and the following options
Within the York Management School, a choice of 1 from:
Within the Environment Department, a choice of 1 from:
Note: the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer
Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent) in any relevant subject, for example management, finance, economics, environmental science, geography or joint honours with the above.
Applicants with a 2:2 degree in the above or related subjects with relevant supplementary work experience are welcomed, for instance a track record in business or environmental management or prior engagement in a CSR or environmental management role.
No prior knowledge of environmental management is needed but the programme does include quantitative and financial modules for which applicants will be required to demonstrate experience or knowledge of quantitative approaches and/or economics. Students will need to have a good level of mathematical/statistical ability as demonstrated, for example, by having completed a first degree that includes elements of economics, accounting or finance.
For students whose first language is not English, we normally require evidence of English language ability.
Please contact the course leader, Corrado Topi, if you would like clarification of your eligibility for any of the Masters programmes.
Typical offers for students from other countries
China: offers range from 80 to 85 in the four year bachelor’s degree. Diplomas are not accepted.
Greece: GPA of at least 6.5 in undergraduate degree
India: First-class undergraduate degree
Malaysia: GPA of at least 3 in undergraduate degree
Pakistan: First-class undergraduate degree
English Language requirements
Applicants for whom English is not their first language should provide evidence of English language competence. Acceptable qualifications are:
IELTS: with overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in other components
TOEFL: 96 in the Internet-based test with a minimum of 24 for writing, 23 for speaking, 23 for listening and 23 for reading.
Cambridge Proficiency at Grade C or above
Pearson Language Test: 67