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MSc Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management

Combine the growing discipline of Corporate Sustainability with the increasingly important issue of Environmental Management

2018/19 entry


1 year full-time

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

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Both Corporate Sustainability 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 Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management 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.

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.

You'll be working in two internationally renowned departments. 

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) 96% of our research activity is classified as internationally recognised. 

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) the vast majority of our research is rated 3* or 4*. 

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 sustainability policies in the real world and you'll examine the consultancies helping organisations achieve their corporate sustainability 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:

You'll also choose 40 credits from a range of optional modules:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


You will also complete an 8,000 word dissertation, worth 80 credits, as part of the MSc. This dissertation can either be York based, or as a placement with an external partner. For the former, staff in the Department will suggest a range of possible subjects and titles, but you can also devise your own title. For the latter, the dissertation topic will be of relevance to the external partner. For both types of dissertation, you will have a departmental supervisor who will provide regular guidance and will be able to comment on drafts of your dissertation. If you are undertaking a placement for your dissertation, you will receive additional guidance from a project supervisor.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2018/19

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,580£16,780

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

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Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

This Masters combines formal lectures, practical workshops and seminars.

  • Guest lectures from corporate sustainability directors and executives will give you an insight into real world situations and organisations.
  • You will use the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to supplement lectures and practicals with additional material.
  • Some modules offer optional drop-in help sessions.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Types of assessment in this course include:

  • Essays of around 3,000 words
  • Examinations
  • Presentations and reports
  • 8,000 word dissertation.

Formative assessment as you study will allow you to receive feedback on your progress and understanding.

Careers and skills

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

Career opportunities

Within six months of graduation 100% of our graduates are employed in further study or setting up their own business. More than 70% of our previous graduates are employed, either in the UK or abroad, and have gone on to work as: 

  •  Environmental managers 
  •  Sustainability consultants 
  •  Supply chain analysts
  •  Lobbyists.

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Time management
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Working knowledge of sustainable organisations
  • Experience evaluating the "triple bottom line"

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade

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.

English language

If your native language is not English you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • TOEFL: 87 with a minimum of 23 in Writing and no less than 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

We also accept other English Language Tests.

Students who have successfully completed a recent undergraduate degree at a UK University are exempt from the English Language requirement.

You may also want to attend the University's Pre-sessional Courses.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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