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    For 2015 we have refreshed our suite of programmes to align even more closely with the challenges of sustainability and the skills that employers say they want to tackle those challenges.

    The MSc Sustainability and Business was formerly the MSc Sustainability (Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility). The programme structure remains largely unchanged, focusing on the interface of business, society and the environment from various disciplinary perspectives. However, the programme is now run in partnership with Leeds University Business School (LUBS), as a result offering a much wider choice of business-facing modules that can be studied alongside the core themes of corporate sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

    Course Overview

    This long-established programme examines the ways in which businesses can improve their environmental performance and enhance their social responsibility.

    Uniquely based outside of a business school context, this programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the complex relationship between business and the different dimensions of sustainability. Taught by specialists in sustainability, the course combines a conceptual review of the relationships between business, environment and society with a more applied examination of the wide range of initiatives that relate to environmental management and corporate social responsibility.

    Perspectives from government, business and stakeholder groups (such as pressure and community groups) are examined, drawing on the expertise of the School, the University and the practitioner community.

    The course explores the drivers pushing business to tackle sustainability from insider and outsider perspectives, considers how sustainability is conceptualised from a business perspective and introduces students to different approaches to managing the challenges of sustainability. It examines the range of management tools that are available, shows how they are applied in practical situations, and examines the factors that shape the success or failure of these initiatives.

    Excellent Career Prospects

    This programme aims to equip student for careers both in business and in other sectors of the economy (such as government or non-governmental organisations). The final career destination often depends on the experience the students had before starting the MSc, so some who have already worked in business find it easier to get sustainability or CSR jobs in companies immediately upon graduation. We have some students who are taking 'time out' from their jobs to enhance their sustainability credentials and are able to return to their jobs with new skills and understanding. Others who are more recent graduates may work for local government or NGOs or undertake internships. Others are now working for consultancy companies. Some students continue in education to do PhDs.

    Some specific examples include:

    • Sustainable Procurement Officer, Leeds City Council;

    • Environmental training officer at Carlsberg Tetley;

    • Environmental consultant at Young White Green consultants.

    • Energy operating company, looking into upcoming environmental legislation and advising different sites on how to comply.

    • Research Analyst with Suzlon Energy Ltd. India

    • Leading the US strategy for "2degrees network"--a collaboration platform for sustainable professionals

    • ICICI Bank India, Project Finance with interest in funding renewable energy investments.

    Other Courses of Interest

    • MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy

    • MSc Environment and Development

    • MSc Sustainability and Consultancy

    • MSc Sustainability (Ecological Economics) – please note this course is not recruiting for 2015. Please contact the Admissions Team for 2016 entry.

    This course can be studied on a full-time basis (12 months) or on a part-time basis (2 years)

    Compulsory Modules

    • 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

    Optional Modules

    • 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
    • Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Economics
    • Managing for Innovation
    • Marketing for Management
    • Organizational Development and Change
    • Risk Perception and Communication
    • Tools and Techniques in Ecological Economics

    Although we have refreshed this course for 2015, please refer to the 2014 programme catalogue in more detail to see the areas covered by teaching.

    Please note we are aiming to update this in early 2015.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Candidates should have an upper second class degree (2.1) or above in a natural, environmental, physical, management or social science subject. Equivalent international qualifications are also acceptable. Mature applicants without a first 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 thus encourage applicants from across the globe and from people at any point in their career. Applicants whose first language is not English, or whose degree is not from a UK institution, will need to satisfy language requirements determined by the School. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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