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.

Study at a business school with a real commitment to ethics and the social and natural environment*
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 full-time learning route and as a postgraduate certificate. For more information please see:

• MSc Strategic Sustainable Business (Full-Time)

• 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 Information and Operations Management
  • Public Policy CSR & Sustainable Development
  • Technology, Business & Sustainability 
  • Ethics in Academic Practice.

The course then concludes with a dissertation project. 


You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. 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.

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 directors

Dr John Blewitt
BScEcon, MA, MEd, PhD, FRSA
John is a Senior Lecturer (Sustainability and Media Communications) teaching issues in communication, sustainability theory and practice, urban sustainability and education. His research interests include urban sustainable design, new media affordances, sustainability communications, and the spatial dimension of inclusive economic development. He is a Distinguished Schumacher Institute Fellow and member of the thinktank, Green House.

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.

More than a masters

Your Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year.

Learn more

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


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

Dr John Blewitt
Dr John Blewitt

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