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MSc Strategic Sustainable Business

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.

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Study at a business school with a real commitment to ethics and the social and natural environment.
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Engage with the UN Global Compact Principles of Responsible management.
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Study abroad and internship opportunities.
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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 also available via a part-time/ distance learning route and as a postgraduate certificate. For more information please see:

• MSc Strategic Sustainable Business (Part-time/Distance Learning)

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.  

Learning

As you work through the compulsory module you will: 

  • build a skills portfolio which allows you to showcase the competencies you have acquired during your studies, competencies that are highly desirable to employers worldwide 
  • take part in a range of skills workshops and simulations 
  • have the opportunity to complete an integrated work internship of up to six months or complete a study abroad opportunity with one of over 50 international partner institutions worldwide. 

Assessment

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.

Course Director

Dr Helen Borland 

BSc, PhD
Helen is a 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. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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.

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This course will 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 good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)
  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University
  • 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.
For International Students:
  • 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.

Duration of course: Full-time - 1 year 

Start date:
 September

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

The opportunity for payment by instalments is available.

Scholarships:
Scholarships for 2016/7 entry are now open. Find out more here.


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Dr Helen Borland

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