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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 individuals and organisations can address social and environmental problems by means of creating and developing new businesses and innovation. It seeks to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs who will develop, reinvent and innovate sustainable enterprises in an increasingly challenging world.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the course combines a conceptual review of the relationships between enterprise, environment and society, with a much more applied examination of the wide range of innovative and enterprising activities that relate to simultaneous environmental, social and economic value creation.

Perspectives from business, policy and stakeholder groups are examined, drawing on the expertise of the School of Earth and Environment, as well as the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies, Leeds University Business School, the broader University, and the practitioner community.

The course introduces students to the range of management, entrepreneurship and innovation 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 business as well as a 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 innovation and new business development towards fostering a sustainable society

- 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 business sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation

- experience of working in interdisciplinary teams on challenges relating to social, environmental and economic value creation.

The programme comprises eight core modules and one optional module to be selected by the students out of six options. The optional module is meant to offer a clear career path for the students to advance their interests and knowledge in one of the following areas: policy, research, corporate entrepreneurship, development and climate change.

For progression from taught course to dissertation, a minimum of 90 credits must be accrued by successful completion of modules. If this minimum is not achieved, candidates will be required to defer undertaking their dissertation (SOEE5020M) until, and only if, this minimum is reached by resit examinations.

Students who have fewer than 90 credits from their taught modules in June will be required to either:

1. Defer the start of their dissertation/project to the next academic session, pending the outcome of their re-sits in August; or, if they have fewer than 60 credits

2. Re-sit their failed modules in August, for the maximum award of a PG Dip

To obtain the Masters' (MSc) qualification candidates must pass 165 credits of level 5 modules (including all compulsory taught 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.
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]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SOEE5042MSustainable Venturing and Innovation15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5051MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5281MIntroduction to Sustainability15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5341MIssues and Cases in Corporate Social Responsibility15 creditsSemester 2

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:

LUBS5532MEnterprise Awareness15 creditsSemester 1
LUBS5538MNew Venture Creation15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5010MResearch Methods15 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5020MResearch Project60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

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

Enrolment for SOEE5498M is by application only and subject to an additional fee.

LUBS5386MOrganizational Development and Change15 creditsSemester 2
LUBS5528MContemporary Challenges in Enterprise15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5498MSustainability and Local Enterprise: Patagonia Field Course15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5561MClimate Change Mitigation15 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 11/04/2017

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