MSc Strategic Sustainable Business (part-time)

Silvia-Valentina Gogu

I was working in sustainability so this MSc was exactly what I needed to build my skills. I now work in a higher position with more responsibility."

Silvia-Valentina Gogu 
Sustainability Programme
Coordinator at Armstrong
Fluid Technology 

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

With businesses worldwide understanding the importance of bringing their organisations in line with the broader expectations of society, this course will equip you for the future of sustainable business. Our graduates go on to work at companies including Deloitte, KMPG and Kelloggs.

48th in the world and 7th in the UK in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2017.
Engage with the UN Global Compact Principles of Responsible management
Study abroad and internship opportunities
Get consultancy experience on a live business dissertation project

This course has been designed to allow you to explore the challenges and opportunities that environmental and social sustainability issues create for organisations at a strategic level. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach, enabling you to explore sustainability, carbon management and social responsibility in a strategic business context.

We use academic and practical activities together with a variety of philosophical and grounded perspectives to give you a detailed knowledge and understanding of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Study routes available:

This course is available via a postgraduate certificate. For more information please see:

• Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainable Business.  

Students of HKU SPACE who have graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Green Building Management are eligible to complete the Aston MSc Strategic Sustainable Business course via distance learning, they will receive recognition of prior learning (RPL) of up to 60 credits. Find out more.  

Core Modules:

  • Corporate Governance Regulation & Compliance 
  • Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
  • Strategic Business Sustainability
  • Strategy, Change & Leadership
  • Green Technology & Operations Strategy
  • Public Policy CSR & Sustainable Development
  • Technology, Business & Sustainability 
  • Communicating Sustainably
  • Ethics in Academic Practice.

The course then concludes with a dissertation project. 

Draft timetable 2017/18


You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations, coursework, presentations and a learning journal. The taught element of the course is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.


Part-time distance learning will allow you the flexibility to take control of your own learning and balance study with professional and personal obligations.

This course adopts a transdisciplinary approach to teaching meaning you'll learn through lectures, case studies, guest lectures, group activities, presentations and online learning materials.

Applying yourself to two modules per term, combined with the final dissertation, will allow you to complete the course in the recommended two year period. However you are able to spread your study over a maximum of five years, affording you the opportunity to study at a slower pace or take breaks where necessary.

The course is designed to cater for distance learners and is supported online with a sophisticated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with each module being designed specifically to cater for the needs of online distance learners.

Course director

Dr Helen Borland 

BSc, PhD
Helen is senior lecturer in business sustainability where she is responsible for teaching strategic business sustainability to MBA, MSc, and PhD students. Helen’s research and teaching stem from her knowledge of the ecological sciences and philosophy behind sustainability and how these can be taught and researched in a business context. Her development of a unique strategic typology for business sustainability is gaining attention in a number of academic and commercial circles.

This coursewill prepare you for roles in commercial business, the public sector, social enterprises or the not-for-profit and charitable sectors. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Senior Director, Sustainability, Kelloggs

  • Senior Consultant for UNICEF, Asia and Pacific Regions (for CSR)

  • Assistant Manager, Sustainability, Armstrong Fluid Technology

  • Associate in Sustainability Services, KPMG Consulting

  • Environmental and Social Consultant, Deloitte (France)

  • Freelance Sustainability and Communications Consultant, UK

One of the following:
  • A UK honours degree.
  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.
  • A degree equivalent professional qualification.
  • Consideration will be given to equivalent professional qualifications and in exceptional circumstances those qualified by extensive relevant experience. Candidate interview would be required for those with non- standard qualifications and experience.
As well as:
  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee.
  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date.
  • A completed application form.
  • GCSE or equivalent standard in maths.
For International Students:
  • An overseas degree recognised by Aston University.
  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades.
  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.
Consideration will be given to equivalent professional qualifications and in exceptional circumstances those qualified by extensive relevant experience. Candidate interview would be required for those with non-standard qualifications and experience.

Duration of course: Part-time / distance learning 2-3 years                                     
Start date:
September and January

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.


UK/EU:          £10,000 
International:  £15,950 

Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here

Interested? I'd love to hear from you

Helen borland
Dr Helen Borland

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