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MSc Sustainability and Business

Programme code:MSC-EV/S&BUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Rory Padfield Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- Applications are invited from candidates from a range of backgrounds across the social and natural sciences.
- Candidates should have a related first degre with an upper second classification or above, or equivalent qualification.

Applicants without a first degree (e.g. mature students) or with a lower degree classification may be considered on the basis of their relevant sustainability experience and their potential for benefiting from the programme.

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 societal and environmental problems by developing thorough understanding of business organisations, developing new businesses and creating innovation. It seeks to prepare the next generation of sustainable business leaders and 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 business, environment and society, with an 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 wider 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, sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation tools that are available and shows how they are applied in practical situations. 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
- a critical 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 six core modules (five taught and one research dissertation) and thirty credits worth of optional modules to be selected by the students out of a choice of seven options, which complement the programme objectives and learning outcomes. The optional modules support clear alternative career paths for the students to advance their interests and knowledge in one of the following areas: policy, research, corporate entrepreneurship, development and climate change.

If a student has not achieved the minimum number of credits for an MSc after their re-sits, 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 90 credits are passed. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) can be obtained if 60 credits are passed.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

LUBS5537MNew Venture Creation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5963MEntrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5010MResearch Methods15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5020MResearch Project60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
SOEE5052MBusiness, Environment and Sustainability30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5341MIssues and Cases in Corporate Social Responsibility15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules (subject to timetabling; guidance will be given to students for effectively balancing the workload across two semesters).

LUBS5527MEnterprise and Society15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5531MCritical Entrepreneurship Studies15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5094MIntroduction to Ecological Economics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5226MManaging and Delivering Sustainability through Projects and Organisations30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SOEE5473MClimate and Environmental Policy and Governance15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SOEE5483MCritical Perspectives in Environment and Development15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

This module is elective and non-assessed, primarily designed to introduce post-graduate students to ‘Sustainability’ as a contested term, as well as providing some core knowledge surrounding its history and real-world application to apply and develop as you study your other modules at Leeds.

SOEE5282MIntroduction to Sustainability  creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Last updated: 20/09/2023 15:50:00


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