Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc
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Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc

Cranfield University

The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc shares course content, including modules and other programme activities, with our Management MSc programme, which is ranked 3rd in the UK and 30th in the world in The Economist Which MBA? Masters of Management 2019 ranking.

Corporate Social Responsibility has never been more relevant to our organisations - it ensures businesses have a positive impact on the world and enables society to reach its goals. The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc will teach you the practicalities of how real businesses successfully embed sustainability into their core business purpose and strategy.

The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc is a highly practical course featuring a distinctive blend of theory and application. You will gain the knowledge and skills required for a career focused on corporate social responsibility, and working with some of our partner organisations you will put this learning into action by working on sustainability projects, finding real business solutions to complex sustainability issues. You will understand, and be able to respond to, complicated social, environmental and economic issues in the context of both national and international business.

You will gain valuable insight into sustainability in practice through a series of master classes and presentations from specialists in the field. Previous master class topics have included sustainability marketing and environmental management systems. Students have also had the opportunity to attend master classes with:

  • Marks & Spencer at their London Head Office
  • Diageo at The Innovation Forum on Sustainable Drinks Industry conference at their Head Office
  • Solitaire Townsend, co-founder of Futerra

Guest speakers have included:

  • ​Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director of Accenture for Sustainability and author of the best-selling book on the Circular Economy, Waste to Wealth
  • Nick Robins, co-director of Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System at UNEP (UN Environment Programme)
  • John Elkington, pioneer of the triple-bottom-line concept, founder of Volans and SustainAbility, author of over 20 books, thought-leader, business strategist, entrepreneur and environmentalist
  • Loughlin Hickey, senior adviser to A Blueprint for Better Business and trustee of the Blueprint Trust 
  • Darren Stibbe, CEO of The Partnering Initiative

You will also have the opportunity to attend corporate social responsibility events and conferences with our faculty including ‘Doing Good Doing Well’ in Barcelona, a two-day conference, which includes prominent keynote speakers, workshops and competitions.

Throughout the programme, you will also benefit from the extensive expertise and networks available within our internationally recognised Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility. The Centre works to empower current and future managers with the knowledge, skills and desire to lead responsible, sustainably managed organisations, and includes prominent members including its director Professor David Grayson who teaches on this programme.

Cranfield School of Management is known for being close to business.  For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management. Cranfield is one of the early signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRIME), and focuses on teaching and enhancing long-term social, environmental and sustainable business practices.

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Entry Requirements For This Course

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and each application is considered on its individual merit. Usually candidates must hold either a:

  • first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline
  • international degree - equivalent of UK qualifications
  • professional qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACA, ACCA) with 5 years' relevant work experience.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5 overall and 6.5 in the writing component

TOEFL - 92 and a writing score 21

Pearson PTE Academic - 65

Cambridge English Scale - 180

Cambridge English: Advanced - C

Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - pass

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

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