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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Sustainability and Business (Part-Time)

Programme code:MSC-EV/S&B-PUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Dr Pablo Munoz Contact address:P.Munoz@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Earth and Environment

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Earth and Environment

Programme specification:

This programme examines the ways in which businesses can improve their environmental performance and enhance their social responsibility.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the course combines a conceptual review of the relationships between business, environment and society, with a much more applied examination of the wide range of initiatives that relate to environmental management and corporate social responsibility.

Perspectives from government, business and stakeholder groups (such as pressure and community groups) are examined, drawing on the expertise of the School of Earth and Environment, Leeds University Business School, the broader University, and the practitioner community.

The course introduces students to the range of management tools that are available and shows how they are applied in practical situations, and it examines the factors that shape the success or failure of these initiatives, both from a corporate as well as societal perspective.

At the end of the programme students should have:
- a well-grounded and critical understanding of the factors that shape the relationships between business, environment and society;
- a good knowledge of the range of policy frameworks and management initiatives that seek to promote environmental management and corporate social responsibility;
- an awareness of the ways in which interactions between government, business and stakeholder groups can motivate and define the influence of related frameworks and initiatives;
- an ability to use the key inter-disciplinary research methods and approaches that relate to environmental management and CSR;
- experience of working in interdisciplinary teams on problems relating to environmental management and CSR.


Students who have fewer than 90 credits with an overall credit weighted average of 50% from their taught modules at the end of semester 2 (Yr2), will be suspended from progressing to project until after re-sits have been taken – these are normally taken in August. If after their resits the student has achieved the required number of credits to allow them to potentially achieve an MSc, they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity - this is usually in the next academic year.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits to progress to project after their re-sits, or they do not wish to continue to their project, they will be awarded either a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate dependent on the award criteria for their programme.

To obtain the Masters' (MSc) qualification candidates must pass 165 credits of level 5 modules to include the dissertation, and achieve an average mark of 50 across 180 credits.
A postgraduate diploma (PGD) can be obtained if 120 credits are passed including all compulsory taught modules
A postgraduate certificate (PGC) can be obtained if 60 credits are passed in the taught modules.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

There is no one required route through the modules, however in terms of academic progression, it is recommended that students follow the pattern below.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

LUBS5385MSystems Thinking and Consulting Practice15 credits 
SOEE5051MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability15 credits 
SOEE5281MIntroduction to Sustainability15 credits 

Optional modules:

One optional module should be taken in Year 1. This may be chosen from the list below (see Year 2 entry)


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

SOEE5010MResearch Methods15 credits 
SOEE5020MResearch Project60 credits 
SOEE5041MStandards and Tools for Business, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility15 credits 
SOEE5341MIssues and Cases in Corporate Social Responsibility15 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following optional modules (subject to timetabling).

LUBS5202MRisk Perception and Communication15 credits 
LUBS5210MMarketing for Management15 credits 
LUBS5231MManaging Global Logistics and Supply Chains15 credits 
LUBS5238MOperations and Supply Chain Management15 credits 
LUBS5247MManaging for Innovation15 credits 
LUBS5259MCross Cultural Management15 credits 
LUBS5386MOrganizational Development and Change15 credits 
SOEE5094MIntroduction to Ecological Economics15 credits 
SOEE5472MEnvironmental Policy and Governance15 credits 
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 credits 
SOEE5495MEnvironment-Development Overseas Field Course15 credits 
SOEE5540MClimate Change: Physical Science Basis15 credits 
SOEE5550MClimate Change: Impacts and Adaptation15 credits 
SOEE5561MClimate Change Mitigation15 credits 
SOEE5582MTools and Techniques in Ecological Economics15 credits 

Last updated: 04/11/2016

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