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MSc Sustainable and Ethical Business Management

MSc Sustainable and Ethical Business Management

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2 years

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sustainability Business Studies Management Ethics

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Course Summary

This new work-based learning masters degree is for mid-level to senior business professionals who want to reposition their organisation for a better future. Learn how to build more ethical and sustainable business practices that align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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The highlights

  • Designed specifically for the global corporate market, this master’s degree is for mid-level to senior business professionals. It’s a seminar-led programme which combines know-how from business experts with leading-edge research from across many disciplines
  • Become a Sustainability leader in your organisation. Learn how to manage your entire operation through an integrated sustainability, ethical and responsible lens
  • This is not about greenwashing or tokenism. We’ll look at all key aspects of your business — strategy, leadership, the workforce, operations, marketing, finance and accounting, — so that you learn how to realign all aspects of your business in response to the environmental, social and economic global crises
  • You will apply everything to your own organisation through work-based learning, and you will also be challenged to look critically at your own behaviours, development and lifestyle
  • This course is aligned to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations-supported initiative. This means it equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a responsible leader, capable of balancing economic and sustainability goals — specifically, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


We expect this programme to change how you approach business, forever. You will become an innovative and responsible leader, capable of balancing economic and sustainability goals. This is one of the most critical challenges facing all businesses at this time — there are now numerous global targets aligned to this including the Paris Agreement (2015), the 2030 Agenda as well as key national industrial strategies (e.g. UK and other nations pledging to be carbon neutral by 2050). So by completing this qualification, you will significantly enhance your career prospects across all business sectors.

While the programme looks at how to run a successful business specifically through an integrated sustainable and ethical lens, it will also improve your overall leadership and business management capabilities, enabling you to deal with critical current and future scenarios.


Leading Sustainable & Ethical Change (20 Credits)
Independent Study (60 Credits)
Sustainable & Ethical Business Operations & Marketing (20 Credits)
Sustainable & Ethical Business Strategy (20 Credits)
Sustainable & Ethical Finance & Accounting (20 Credits)
Sustainable Workforce and Wellbeing (20 Credits)
The Case for Sustainable and Ethical Business (20 Credits)

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Entry requirements

You should normally have a good honours degree (minimum 2:2) in any discipline, or an equivalent level qualification, together with a minimum of three years’ work experience in a mid-level or senior management role that is relevant to the outcomes of the programme.

University information

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is a modern institution offering applied, research-informed teaching in high-quality, technically advanced facilities. Whether you are progressing directly from undergraduate study, want to change your career, or pursue your passion for a subject you love, there are options to suit you. We cater for your personal circumstances, with full-time, part-time and online learning available in...more

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