The planet is currently facing unprecedented social, economic, and environmental challenges. Business is an important agent for change towards sustainability. It can be the start of innovation and lead to solutions for pressing problems of our time.
While studying, you'll learn to lead sustainability initiatives in a business setting. You'll develop the skills to work with local communities and the government to achieve positive societal and environmental outcomes.
Through our teaching, you'll gain expertise in independent and critical thinking. You'll have opportunities to work with external organisations, allowing you to apply your skills to real-world problems.
With dedicated placement support you'll be able to make the most of the opportunities open to you. Our careers and employability support extends after graduation, helping you to shape your career.
On graduation, you'll be well-placed for roles in internationally oriented companies, public institutions and organisations that strive for sustainability.
This course is taught in English at our campus in York.
If you would like to study a similar high quality programme spanning two institutions (University of York and University of Maastricht) and leading to a Dual Degree in one year, we encourage you to apply for our Sustainable Business, Environment and Society (dual degree) (MSc).
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We believe that universities should have a positive impact at a local, national and global level.
We've improved our ranking to become a top 15 research department, and our research is ranked joint second in the UK for impact, according to the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF results (2021).
The course structure will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to undertake an independent academic or applied sustainable business project. You'll gain multidisciplinary knowledge, including business functions and theories of organisational, sustainability (environmental, social and economic) and justice (social, environmental).
You'll develop skills in project design and implementation. You'll learn how to design and implement effective change management strategies including how to assess, improve and monitor the sustainability of an organisation. Through the group project you'll gain the experience of collaboration with an external organisation committed to sustainable business.
The programme has four streams or specialist pathways which allow you to tailor your degree to your personal or employment interests. Students have the choice of following one of these streams by undertaking the corresponding optional modules or conversely selecting modules from different streams if they so wish. The four streams are:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£10,590||£23,900|
Students on a Student Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.
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Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2024/25 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
If you are interested in the exchange option, you should consider the implications for:
Travel and accommodation for the conference will be covered.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
Throughout the course, there is a strong focus on project work and developing your change management skills.
The two semesters are taken up by taught modules. Programme teaching comprises a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops taught face to face as well as independent group work and private study.
At the start of the group project, you'll select a broad project idea from a list compiled in collaboration with business partners.
To support project development and implementation, you'll have two-hour workshops in the first two weeks of the module and 2-hr group meetings with staff alongside separate 1-hour weekly meetings with business partners.
For your independent project, you'll have regular one-hour meetings with the academic supervisor and business partner (if undertaken as placement).
Our state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatre and seminar rooms.
You will be based in the Department of Environment and Geography on Campus West.
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.
All the modules you take will be assessed, and we employ a variety of forms of assessment, including:
Your individual project will be assessed on a dissertation based on an assessed Dissertation Proposal completed in Semester 2.
On graduation, you'll be well-placed for roles in internationally oriented companies, public institutions or (non-governmental) organisations that are committed to international agreements and strive for sustainability.
|Undergraduate degree||2:2 or equivalent in any discipline or with relevant professional experience.|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS (Academic and Indicator)||7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and no less than 6.5 in all other components|
|Cambridge CEFR||C1 Advanced: 185, with a minimum of 185 in Writing and no less than 176 in all other components|
|Oxford ELLT||8, minimum of 8 in writing and no less than 7 in all other components|
|Duolingo||130, minimum 130 in Production and 120 in all other components|
|LanguageCert SELT||C1: 33/50 in each component|
|LanguageCert Academic||75 with a minimum of 75 in Writing and no less than 70 in all other components|
|KITE||495-526, with 495-526 in writing and 459-494 in all other components|
|Skills for English||C1: Pass overall, with Pass in each component|
|PTE Academic||67, with a minimum of 67 in Writing and no less than 61 in all other components|
|TOEFL||96 with a minimum of 24 in Writing and no less than 23 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Level 3 with Distinction in all components|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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