The course is split into three semesters. In the first two terms, you'll take lectures and seminars, followed by approximately four months of individual work leading to the submission of a dissertation in late August.
You'll consider different aspects of sustainability, while a wide range of optional modules allow you tailor your study to fit your interests and career plans.
Through lectures and seminars you'll be introduced to the foundational concepts and theory, both in sustainability and business. You'll also begin to understand how to bridge the gap between the two through a specialist module.
Studying research methodologies will provide the building blocks of key skills, techniques and tools, which you'll then go on to apply to real-world examples in semester two and in your own dissertation project.
In semester two, you'll begin to apply the theoretical and foundational knowledge that you were taught in semester one. You'll learn through case studies and real-world experiences, studying themes such as sustainable business models, theories of responsible business and organisational change.
Everything you have learnt over the course of semesters one and two will be brought together in an individual dissertation research project.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Sustainability and Business module descriptions for more detail on what you'll study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Sustainability and Business MSc in the course catalogue
New Venture Creation
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation
Business, Environment and Sustainability
Issues and Cases in Corporate Social Responsibility
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Enterprise and Society
Critical Entrepreneurship Studies
Introduction to Ecological Economics
Managing and Delivering Sustainability through Projects and Organisations
Environmental Policy and Governance
Critical Perspectives in Environment and Development
Climate Change Mitigation
Learning and teaching
You'll learn through a variety of teaching methods, to help you develop both generic and subject-specific skills. This includes lectures, real case studies, practical workshops, computer lab sessions, project work (individual and group work) and a written dissertation. There may also be research seminars from external speakers.
Practical exercises focus on real-world scenarios and case studies to produce optimal solutions, including familiarisation with state-of-the-art technical approaches, software and the regulatory regimes that companies and public sector organisations operate within.
The research-intensive environment of our School ensures that your course material is both up-to-date and research led.
You'll also learn the scientific and rational principles lying behind the practical approaches used in the world outside academia, so that your skills keep pace with changes in technology or the regulatory environment.
You'll be assigned a personal tutor, who will maintain contact with you throughout the year and offer pastoral guidance. They will help you to settle into the university and clarify any procedures, as well as helping you prepare for employment upon graduation.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
Active research environment
The School of Earth and Environment is home to five world-leading research institutes, which are at the heart of our active research environment –and working to tackle the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges. Throughout your degree, you'll be taught by experts who are leaders in their fields, and bebecoming directly engaged with their cutting-edge research.
The Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies (BOSS) group is a transdisciplinary team of researchers, who are focused on critically evaluating the role of businesses and organisations and how they can incorporate sustainability in their systems, including their activities and throughout their supply chains.
We have strong links within the industry and, during your studies, you may have the chance to learn directly from award-winning academics, professionals in government, large corporations, stakeholders and entrepreneurs.
The Programme Leader, Dr Rory Padfield, is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research focuses on themes such as supply chain and natural resource governance, sustainable consumption and production, and corporate sustainability across and between different scales of business organisations. He is also co-leader of the Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies research group.
The wider programme team is made up of researchers and academics who work within the Business and Organisations for Sustainable Societies (BOSS) research group in the Sustainability Research Institute, as well as members of staff from the Leeds University Business School’s Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies. This allows you to learn about the same themes, but from two unique perspectives.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You'll be assessed through a variety of methods, including both written and oral assignments and exams.
Online taster courses
Our Environmental Challenges collection is a five-part series of free online courses, delivered via FutureLearn. Ideal for current undergraduate students or mid-career professionals considering a Masters degree, this series explores how environmental management policies are developed and the challenges surrounding their formulation.