Available for September 2019 entry.

Our MSc addresses the social and environmental challenges facing businesses and how responsible leaders can create and embed responsible business practices across organisations. We aim to equip our students with the knowledge and insight to understand how ethical and responsible management can lead positive organisational and social change.

This programme is studied on campus.

Students will explore responsible business practices and sustainability in the context of international business and will develop an understanding of its strategic role and explore its future economic, environmental and social impacts on today’s organisations.

Through the programme, students will develop the ability to apply critical and innovative ways of re-thinking social responsibility and citizenship for local and global industries. They are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding and importantly, their interpersonal and leadership skills to be able to affect positive change.

In addition to developing relevant theoretical insights, our Industry Weeks allow students to interact with organisations and to develop practical and hands-on solutions to opportunities. This encourages entrepreneurial thinking and gives them a chance to develop, test and plan ideas for new sustainable ventures. We will also teach them how to pitch ideas to investors and key stakeholders.

Our programme combines a research-led approach with a practical, professional focus to meet the growing demand for leaders who can help organisations identify and achieve their social and sustainability aims. We offer a robust programme for those seeking leadership with a CSR and sustainability component and provides students with the opportunity to focus and interact with industry issues and ideas, in the context of a continuously changing world.

We apply a cross-disciplinary approach to explore the current and future challenges faced by businesses, not-for-profits and government. It is aimed at professionals in corporations, not-for-profits and governmental agencies who want to bring about fundamental changes in business practices, individual and social behaviours.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
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What You'll Study

Students will have the opportunity to explore a range of themes to broaden their knowledge and sharpen their critical analysis of current global debates and challenges. Industry weeks provide an opportunity for students to engage with industry and use their knowledge and theories in the real world setting. Students will study a range of themes including:

- Social innovation

- Governance and accountability

- Social entrepreneurship and high-impact ventures

- Social marketing

- Ethics, community and stakeholder engagement

- Change leadership

Please contact for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Lectures, Industry Research, Seminars, Individual Projects, Group Projects and Assessment.

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars

Assessment Methods

The programme assesses the competencies and skills through individual and group presentations, digital media presentations, report writing and company led research projects. The modules are delivered in block mode, where each one is taught separately over a three week period, before moving on to the next module. There are no examinations for the modules, which are all assessed using continuous assessment.

Why Study Leadership, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability?

·  Our Business School is internationally recognised for its excellence in world-leading research impact in Business and Management Studies.

· Develop critical insights into current and emerging approaches and apply these in real world settings.

· Understand the developing role of responsible leadership, social enterprise, business ethics and sustainability issues for international business.

· Choose between becoming a Social Entrepreneur or Leader of Sustainability in an international corporation and charity.

· Balance theory and practice and become an expert within the field of responsible management and stakeholder engagement.

· Develop a well-rounded skillset – gain the tools to succeed in your job search, as well as the communication and professional skills that business recruiters expect.

· Strengthen your capacity for social, geographical and cultural mobility.

· Drive organisational change and help organisations to face some of today’s biggest social and environmental challenges

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

This programme is open to graduates from any discipline and does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £8,300
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £17,900
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


Increasingly, sustainable development and leadership are thought to be major challenges for governments and organisations around the world as they continue to achieve greater environmental sustainability and higher level of community engagement. There are an increasing number of posts in the sustainability sector as organisations, non-profit and private, are under pressure to address their social and environmental impacts. Students who graduate from our programme will be able to enter a variety of industries and take up positions in; government ministries and public sector bodies concerned with policy analysis in sustainable development and impact assessment, consultancies and NGOs concerned with addressing issues of sustainability and multinational corporations seeking to develop their reputation and work with wider groups of stakeholders.

Our students will develop and be able to offer potential employers the crucial characteristics, knowledge and skills in demand in today’s globally competitive business environment.

Industry Links

Our Academics come from the commercial world as well as Academia and we are constantly engaging with industry. Our business connections mean we provide opportunities to network with, present to, brainstorm with and do work for industry, including;

  • The chance to have your work seen by eminent members of your profession.
  • ‘Live’ projects for and site visits to prestigious companies or institutions.
  • Project work and workshops with visiting lecturers and industry specialists.

Our Experts

Programme Leader
Dr Shamima Haque

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.


  • 24 hour access to our online Learning Support provided via our Virtual Learning environment MyAberdeen.
  • Membership of the University Library, learning materials including access to core text books.
  • Access to international networking and continuing professional development.
  • Join our business societies such as the Entrepreneurial Society.
  • Access to the Internet.
  • Access to all campus facilities.
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