As a society, we face urgent challenges from the impact of climate emergencies, environmental damage, and social inequality. There is a pressing need for organisations to transform their cultures, processes, and even business models. You will have the opportunity to learn about business and its impact and explore how to build a humane, resilient future and align business mandates and missions with ethical responsibility.

Study Details:

1 year full-time

Module Details:

Compulsory Courses

  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Dissertation
  • Global Strategy
  • Responsible Management of Digital Innovation
  • Sustainability in Context
  • Strategic Sustainability Consulting Projects
  • Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods

Option Courses*

You will be required to choose 2–3 option courses

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Developing Knowledge-Based Business
  • Digital Transformation and Digital Business
  • Global Creative Industries
  • Innovation in China: From Emerging Economy to Global Powerhouse
  • Organising for Social Change: Strategy, Governance, and Innovation

Programme Funding

Applicants to the MSc in Global Strategy and Sustainability can apply for a range of scholarships both from the University and external organisations. Please see our website.

Student Destinations

Graduates from the University of Edinburgh are highly sought after globally. Our dedicated Student Development Team within the Business School will be an integral part of your student experience from day one. We are here to help you become equipped to maximise your potential in the global market.

The MSc in Global Strategy and Sustainability provides a unique opportunity for students. Students on the programme will have diverse educational backgrounds and work experience, and either want to pursue careers in a relevant field based on these backgrounds and incorporate sustainable and ethical strategic thinking, or will want to pursue a career specifically in sustainability.

Examples of roles and areas of work include:

  • Strategy and Sustainability Analyst or Consultant
  • Business Consultant
  • Sustainability and Environmental Manager or Officer
  • Sustainability Programme Manager
  • Sustainability Communications Consultant
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Community Development Manager
  • Business Development Manager or Consultant
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Investment Banking
  • Project Management


Please see our website for fee information

Entry Requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent international qualification.

  • In business and commerce, management, finance, accounting, economics, international politics, international relations, science, engineering, or law.
  • We may also consider applicants with a degree in a different subject area but who have relevant work experience or can demonstrate a high level of interest and engagement in environmental/social sustainability through work or voluntary activities. These are not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.

Please see our website for how to apply

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