How to strategically manage and promote sustainable business is at the forefront of decision-making processes and projects of global investors, companies, the public sector and non-governmental organisations.
This MSc in Strategic Sustainable Business provides you with the skills and knowledge for a successful career in sustainable business and corporate social responsibility. It brings together knowledge and applied skills on strategic sustainable management and its environmental, social and economic dimensions. There are three key elements covered by the course: sustainable business, strategic management, and entrepreneurship to lead sustainable change.
The MSc is a practical one: teaching is based largely on experiences in real-life contexts with inspirational practitioners. It’s delivered by the University of Stirling Management School and the Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL), combining academic excellence and practical knowledge in supporting leaders and organisations towards a more-sustainable society.
Sustainability means business — be empowered in sustainable business, strategic management and entrepreneurship to lead sustainable change
Sustainable management in practice — tackle environmental, social and economic sustainability issues with external partners facing real-world challenges
Endorsed by sustainability leaders — this MSc is endorsed by leading organisations in sustainability (SEPA, Natura Co.); and members of United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Third in the UK for employability — Stirling is third in the UK for graduate employability and among the top 25 best schools in the UK according to REF 2014
Build your sustainability network — be part of a vibrant community of current and future innovators for sustainability with over 120 nationalities represented on campus
The course focuses 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 and corporate social responsibility. And our partnerships with sustainably managed organisations provide you with the chance to see how these practices work in the real world.
Over the three semesters, you’ll:
On this course you will have the opportunity to enhance your career opportunities by participating in work-based multi-disciplinary projects designed to prepare you for the next step on the career ladder.
We work with companies across different sectors in presenting a range of opportunities for our students.
Enhance your employability whilst gaining work experience with our Making the Most of Masters initiative.
The University of Stirling Management School equips students to flourish as effective managers in the workplace through enhanced self-awareness, critical thinking, leadership and team-working skills.
At the University of Stirling Management School, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students realise their potential.
The graduate job market has never been more competitive, and greater focus is now being placed on finding graduates who can demonstrate a wide array of skills, competences and experiences.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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You’ll need a minimum of a second class honours degree or an equivalent qualification. However, you can still apply if you don’t have these formal qualifications, but bring significant and relevant work experience.
INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for students who don’t meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.
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If English isn’t your first language, you must have one of these qualifications:
If you don’t meet the requirements, you might be able to attend one of our English courses before your main course begins.
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
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Stirling Management School invests in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies.
The course focuses 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. And our partnerships with sustainably managed organisations provide you with the chance to see how these practices work in the real world.
Begin your new course in the best possible way, with our unique Flying Start Leadership programme.
This programme is exclusively for new students about to start one of our postgraduate courses. You’ll take part in activities, workshops and information sessions to help you prepare for the year ahead, and make the most of your time at Stirling.
Take part in the Flying Start Leadership programme and you will:
Activities range from practical skills – like effective public speaking – to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. It’s also a chance to discover all that the University and the vibrant city of Stirling have to offer, and to make new friends.
Other learning activities to prepare you for study in the UK Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study.
The course consists of two semesters of taught courses and a three-month dissertation period.
You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, case studies, role playing, computer simulations, guest speakers and company projects.
Assessment includes reports, essays, briefings, case analyses, debates, literature reviews, marketing communication plans, poster sessions and presentations. Assessed work is often conducted in groups, which helps to develop your teamwork and communication skills.
In semester 1 you will study the following modules:
In semester 2 you will study the following modules
Plus 2 Electives modules from:
In semester 3 students will undertake a Dissertation or Consultancy Project
A comprehensive reading list will be available in the near future.
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .
Our global reputation
We are ranked among the best universities in the world. Stirling is listed in the Times Higher Education’s ‘Top 200 most international universities in the world’ (2016 Edition), ‘150-under-50’ (2016 Edition), ‘Top 3 Universities for Graduate Employment in the UK’ (HESA, 2016 Edition), and Top 25 UK institutions for Business and Management in the last national audit (REF 2014).
Leading scholars in strategic sustainable business
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 the Journal of Cleaner Production, Clean Technologies & Environmental Policy, Business & Society and Technological Forecasting & Social Change.
Leading research and knowledge exchange centre
The partnership between the University of Stirling Management School and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership regularly delivers the internationally recognised ‘Sustainability Leadership Executive Development Programme’ in Scotland. CSPL is an official member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN).
Unique, practical learning
Students will be immersed in the practical aspects of sustainable business, acquiring skills, knowledge and expertise on sustainability management by engaging 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 policy makers during the teaching modules.
You’ll work on consultancy-style projects with external clients and engage with Environment influential networks, such as the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scotland 2020 and 2050 Climate Groups and firms that have won the VIBES Award – Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland.
Ideal atmosphere for a sustainable experience
The University of Stirling has one of the most beautiful and green campuses in the world and aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 38% by 2020. It’s also, ‘one of the safest in Britain’, according to The Complete University Ranking, 2017.
Many of our postgraduate students come from overseas. Studying at Stirling offers an excellent opportunity to establish your own global network of contacts at the outset of your career.
Professor George Burt brings practical experience and theoretical knowledge to his teaching, having designed and facilitated many private and public sector strategy, scenario and futures projects. He has worked for organisations such as World Bank, Shell, ProRail NV Holland, PETRONAS, de Beers, PayPal, Doosan Babcock, Lloyds Registry Quality Assurance, Caledonian Paper plc, the Edrington Group, Stirling Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, and City of Glasgow Council. His research has been published in leading journals in organisational strategy and sustainable scenarios.
The University of Stirling is regarded as the best university in Scotland for graduate employability, and in the top three in the UK. This course prepares you for a career in strategic sustainable management across a range of large global organisations, small-medium enterprises and third and public sector.
As the job market for sustainability professionals continues to boom, there will be a wide range of opportunities in the private sector, public and non-governmental sectors. For example, at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December 2015, developed countries pledged to inject USD 100 billion per year by 2020 and extend this until 2025 to support greener growth. This, in turn, will generate many job opportunities in sustainable business.
The MSc will prepare students for a broad range of roles, including:
There is a ‘sustainable business revolution’ on the way. Investors and consumers will avoid firms with poor and non-strategic sustainable performance. The public sector and government have agreed to pursue sustainability and a lower-carbon economy and NGOs and foundations supporting sustainability have been growing in numbers and relevance. Worldwide agreements, such as the COP21, will boost sustainable growth and business. This magnificent change towards a more-sustainable society needs managers with a strategic perspective for sustainable management.
"Strategic sustainable business is vital for emerging economies that search for sustainable and inclusive growth. The MSc explores knowledge and skills towards more sustainable organisations and public agendas".
Mrs. Raquel Breda dos Santos, Director, DPCS, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil
"Research, Development and Innovation are promising ways to deal with contemporary environmental and social challenges. At Natura, we have been facing the challenge of integrating innovation and sustainability in order to strategically deliver new concepts, technologies, products and services. It is timely and welcomed that this MSc is launched as the challenges and opportunities to contribute to sustainability are immense".
Mr. Leonardo Garnica, Manager, R&D, Natura Company (an United Nations "Champions of the Earth" awarded company; listed as one of the world's 100 most sustainable corporations)