Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Corporate responsibility and sustainability have become significant issues for a wide range of organisations and for the managers who work within them. A broad range of reasons underpin this increase in significance, such as high'profile corporate scandals; a growing need to demonstrate accountability, transparency and sustainability; a decreasing tolerance for corporate excess and irresponsibility; as well as the need to protect corporate reputation and to develop brand loyalty and competitive advantage.

The programme is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding, to stimulate critical thinking and to practise problem'focused decision'making on a range of economic, social and environmental issues that affect the operation of contemporary organisations. It will be of benefit to those individuals who either have already acquired an appreciation of corporate responsibility and sustainability through their career and wish to develop further insights into this subject, or those who have limited knowledge of the subject and wish to develop their understanding and appreciation of it or use the knowledge gained to embark on a career in this sector.

Course Modules

Full'time modules:

Corporate Governance;

Corporate Responsibility;

International Business Ethics;

Public Relations;

Research Methods in Management I;

Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility .

Part'time modules ' Year 1:

Corporate Governance;

International Business Ethics;

Research Methods in Management;

Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility .

Part'time modules ' Year 2:

Corporate Responsibility;

Public Relations .

Option modules ' group 1:

Energy and Climate Change;

Environment and Policy;

Environmental Communication;

Environmental Science for Environmental Management;

Sustainable Business Practice .

Option modules ' group 2:

Accounting and Financial Management;

Comparative Employment Relations;

Globalization: forces, players and management;

International Business Strategy;

International Human Resource Management;

Marketing Principles and Practices;

Principles of Financial Reporting;

Strategic Management (Postgraduate);

Trust Social Norms and Development .

MSc Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability dissertation.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £11,250 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £17,425 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,625 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £8,700 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent. A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College. Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.