MSc Strategic Sustainable Business

This cutting-edge Masters course provides you with the academic foundations and practical knowledge to lead organisations and society towards a more sustainable future.

Strategic Sustainable Business

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

Changes at Stirling

Find out about important changes including how you'll be taught, start dates and how we're making campus safer.

In our course you’ll explore strategic sustainable management and its environmental, social and economic dimensions. Learning from real-life situations and inspirational practitioners, your studies will focus on three key areas:

  • Sustainability in business
  • Strategic management and consulting
  • Entrepreneurship to lead sustainable change
Unique, practical learning

We focus on the challenges and opportunities of transformative and practical management for sustainability. There’s a balance of theory and practice to help you to prepare for jobs in sustainable management, sustainability consulting, and corporate social responsibility. Our partnerships with sustainably managed organisations provide you with the chance to see how these practices work in the real world.

You’ll be immersed in the practical aspects of sustainable business, acquiring skills, knowledge and expertise on sustainability management by working with real-world organisations. These include large companies, small and medium enterprises, the public sector and NGOs. You’ll learn from experienced sustainable managers, innovators, entrepreneurs and policymakers during the teaching modules.

By the end of the course, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of sustainable management and its opportunities and challenges.

Learn from the experts

Throughout the course, you'll engage with academics who have conducted outstanding research in the field of sustainable management. This research has been published in first-tier journals, such as:

  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy
  • Business and Society
  • Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
Real-world experience

We emphasise building your practical experience, with consultancy-style projects for external clients and engagement with Environment influential networks. These networks include the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Zero Waste Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, along with firms that have won the VIBES Award – Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise. The school is also an advanced signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education, realising the Sustainable Development Goals through responsible management education.

The course is run in collaboration with the Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL), combining academic excellence and practical knowledge in supporting leaders and organisations towards a more-sustainable society. The CSPL is pioneering a Climate Solutions programme with support from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and the Scottish Government. 

Top reasons to study with us

Throughout the course you’ll:

  • acquire the latest perspectives, knowledge, skills, best practices and experience for a successful career in a variety of emerging sustainability-related jobs
  • engage with cutting-edge frameworks, best practices and tools, including the UN framework for sustainability leadership
  • develop an in-depth understanding of sustainable management and its opportunities and challenges
  • enhance your ability to lead sustainable projects and initiatives across different sectors
  • engage in real-world situations in private organisations, the public sector and NGOs
  • enhance and develop critical, analytical, interpersonal and other transferable skills for strategic sustainable business
Developing Business Leaders of the Future

Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations such as conflict management. Find out more about Flying Start.


If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for Business and Management research, according to REF 2014.

64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

What our students said

Lalita Tejavibulya
Lalita Tejavibulya
MSc Strategic Sustainable Business
What I liked most about studying at the University of Stirling was the mix of students from different cultures and backgrounds and living with them was great. I learned about how businesses work and where sustainability can be integrated into the core of businesses.
Read Lalita's story
Harriet Talbot
Harriet Talbot
MSc Strategic Sustainable Business
I chose the University of Stirling because the course was one of the few that offered a business-led approach to sustainability. I really enjoyed the practical elements such as strategy development, consulting, project management and communication. I now work at Unilever in the Global Sustainability Department strategy team.
Read Harriet's story

Which course would you like to apply for?

MSc Strategic Sustainable Business

Search for another course