University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Sustainability and Business

You will examine the ways in which businesses can improve their environmental performance and enhance their social responsibility. Gain a well-grounded and critical understanding of the factors that shape the relationships between business, environment and society, and understand the wide range of policy frameworks and management initiatives that relate to environmental management and corporate social responsibility. Examine perspectives from government, business and stakeholder groups (such as pressure and community groups), drawing on the expertise of researchers, practitioners and researchers. During your studies, you will be introduced to a range of management tools and shown how they are applied in practical situations. Examine the factors that shape the success or failure of these initiatives � both from a corporate as well as a societal perspective. This course is ideal if you wish to develop corporate responsibility strategies and enhance an organisation�s social and environmental contributions. It can also lead you to careers in government or non-governmental organisations working in partnership with, or trying to influence business practice.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2.1 (Hons) or above in a natural, environmental, physical, management or social science subject. Mature applicants without a 1st degree or with a lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of their relevant industry experience and their potential for benefiting from the programme. In the past students have entered the programme from a number of backgrounds including engineering, environmental management and sciences, management and business, psychology and product design. We strive to provide a diverse and inspiring learning environment and encourage applicants from across the globe and from people at any point in their career. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

Course modules

Modules include: business; environment and sustainability; introduction to sustainability; research methods; research project; systems thinking and consulting practice; standards and tools for business; environment and corporate social responsibility; issues and cases in corporate social responsibility. climate change mitigation; climate change: impacts and adaptation; climate change: physical science basis; critical perspectives in environment and development; debates and controversies in international business; environmental policy and governance; environment-development overseas field course (additional cost); introduction to ecological and environmental economics; managing for innovation; marketing for management; organisational development and change; risk perception and communication; tools and techniques in ecological economics.

Assessment methods

To complement teaching, assessment is varied and includes both written and oral assignments and exams.

Sponsorship information

The School and the University provide a number of scholarships for UK, EU and international students; these range from partial fee awards to full maintenance grants; demand for scholarships is high so early application is essential.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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