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Overview Combine the growing discipline of Corporate Social Responsibility with the increasingly important issue of Environmental Management


1 year full-time

Both Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 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 CSR 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.

Course content What you’ll study


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 Social Responsibility policies in the real world and you'll examine the consultancies helping organisations achieve their CSR 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:

  • Corporate and Social Responsibility (20 credits)
  • Business and the Environment (10 credits)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (10 credits)
  • Qualitative Methods (10 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (10 credits)

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

  • Business Information Systems (10 credits)
  • Financial Management (10 credits)
  • Social and Environmental Accounting (20 credits)
  • International Political Economy of Business (20 credits)
  • Ethical Marketing and Sustainability (20 credits)

Full list and descriptions of modules.

These modules will run in 2016-17. Modules may change in later years to reflect the latest research.


You'll also complete an 8,000 word dissertation, worth 80 credits, as part of the MSc. Your independent research can cover any aspect of Corporate Social Responsibility and/or Environmental Management covered by the syllabus.

The dissertation will allow you to demonstrate your skills in research and apply insights from the taught modules.

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.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

This Masters combines formal lectures, practical workshops and seminars.

  • Guest lectures from corporate CSR 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.


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.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

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*.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

This course is suitable if you're aiming for a career in management and Corporate Social Responsibility 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 How to get here

Course entry

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.

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system, which allows you to save your progress and return later to finish. If you're unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application.

International options

General guidance on international entry requirements: email for details for this course.

English language

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

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in each other component
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with no less than 21 in each component
  • 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.

Enquire Contact our admissions tutor if you have any questions

Dr Victor Tsemo

Dr Victor Tsemo

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