All over the world, expectations about the role of large corporations are changing. Today, the performance of businesses is assessed not only by earnings or share price – scrutiny is also placed upon organisations’ economic, cultural, social and environmental impacts. The actions, policies and strategies that businesses develop to consider these impacts are referred to under the umbrella concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

You will learn how to:

  • Identify problems facing energy companies under the umbrella of social responsibility;
  • Draw upon a range of sources to generate solutions to these problems;
  • Apply conceptual frameworks in order to enhance understanding about the impacts of corporate policies;
  • Recognise and reconcile the competing demands of corporate policies and stakeholder interests;
  • Forecast the positive and negative impact of policies and actions in a manner that reduces corporate risk;
  • Demonstrate the value of CSR in order to better inform decision-making.

This course aims to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to help formulate and manage a socially responsible agenda. In particular you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the influences upon, and impacts of, the energy sector, learn how to manage these impacts and develop the capacity to provide ethical leadership. We will help you to achieve this through exposure to a number of different disciplines associated with the articulation of CSR. These include business studies, cultural studies, economics, engineering, political science, research methodology and sociology.

Study Details:

Full time 1 year / Distance learning 3 years

Module Details:

 Stage 1:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility in the Energy Sector (Core)
  • Economic Contexts of Energy (Core)

Choose two modules from the following:

  • Health in the Energy Sector
  • Energy, Sustainability and Society
  • Sustainable Development
  • Project Fundamentals
  • Public Relations Theory and Practice
  • Environmental Impacts of Energy Generation

Exit Award: PG Cert Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy

Stage 2:

  • Research Methods for CSR and Energy (Core)
  • Building Sustainable Community Relations (Core)

Choose two modules from the following:

  • Ethical and Effective Leadership
  • Security, Conflict, Oil and Gas
  • Urban Environment and Social Regeneration
  • People: Environment Studies
  • Project Strategy and Leadership
  • Critical Approaches to Corporate Communication

Exit Award: Pg Dip Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy

Stage 3:

  • Dissertation

Award: MSc Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy

Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop and strengthen evaluative and critical analysis of corporate social responsibility to the energy sector. You will learn how to –

  • Provide ethical and effective leadership;
  • Develop strategic approaches to identifying and managing socially responsible agendas

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.


Distance Learning Part-time £3,100 Stage 1: £3,100 Stage 2: £1,960 Stage 3. UK/EU Students Full-time £6,950 entire course. International Students Full-time £9,500 entire course.

Entry Requirements

You should have a university degree at Honours level or equivalent, or at least 2/3 years relevant work experience.

All international applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by either gaining IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

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