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MSc Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management

MSc Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sustainability Environmental Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The challenge of creating long-term value while embracing environmental, social, and economic/ financial risks and opportunities.

Meeting this challenge requires a fresh mindset and a toolkit of professional and research-inspired knowledge and skills. This specialist masters will equip you with essential theoretical and evidential foundations and help you to develop relevant practical and professional skills from which you can build or accelerate a career in the field of corporate sustainability.

Our unique course draws on the academic expertise and professional experience of the Department of Environment and Geography and The University of York Management School, alongside industry-leading guest speakers working in the corporate sustainability sphere. You will have the opportunity to combine the study of sustainability-driven business models, techniques, and tools with legal, ethical, financial, governance, accountability, marketing, and organisational aspects.

Our postgraduate teaching is informed by our research as well as top-level national and international experience in consultancy, industry, and professional practice. Our management research includes areas as diverse as the circular economy, sustainability and resilience, ethical marketing, social enterprise, sustainability in supply chains, corporate governance, global business, and risk management. Our environmental sustainability research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change and developing innovative solutions to environmental challenges, ranging from climate change to biodiversity conservation. Our researchers influence policy and advise on high-profile environmental issues.

Careers and skills

This course is suitable if you are aiming for a corporate sustainability related role in the for-profit or not-for-profit sectors. This role is central to industrial and business activities of all kinds, with many employing dedicated specialists, or teams of specialists, or allocating tasks across a range of job functions. The banking, finance and insurance sectors in particular are showing growing leadership on climate-change risks and responsible investment. As such, the range of opportunities for developing a career in this area of practice is growing.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental consultant
  • Business relationship officer
  • Environmental compliance engineer
  • Environmental analyst
  • Sustainability and ESG communications officer
  • Clean energy specialist


This module focuses on sustainability in a corporate context. It reflects a growing awareness of the significance for creating long-term shareholder value of balancing economic performance with practices that are simultaneously environmentally, ethically and socially sustainable.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree:2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant subject such as Management, Finance, Environmental Science or Geography, although students are drawn to this course from a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. If you have a 2:2 degree in a relevant subject as well as additional experience, such as work in environmental management, then we will also welcome your application. You'll need a good level of mathematical or statistical ability in order to follow the quantitative and financial modules: you can demonstrate this with, for example, an element of economics, accounting or finance in your degree.