University of Aberdeen: Leadership, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (MSc)

InstitutionUniversity of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department Business School
Telephone 01224 272090
Study type Taught


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.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.

1 course option

Qualification MSc
Level SCQF Level 11
Entry requirements

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).


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.


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.

Location Main Site
University Office
Regent Walk
King's College
AB24 3FX


EU 7800 GBP for Year 1
England 7800 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 7800 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 7800 GBP for Year 1
Wales 7800 GBP for Year 1
Channel Islands 7800 GBP for Year 1
International 16900 GBP for Year 1

University of Aberdeen


"96% of our graduates enter jobs, research posts or further study within six months of graduating."


University of Aberdeen Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth-oldest university in the UK, and combines ancient tradition with the best in modern teaching and study facilities.

The University has an excellent reputation for teaching quality and research. In fact, over the years, 5 Nobel Prizes have been awarded for work carried out or begun at the University.

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