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Sustainability Management MSc

Become a leader of sustainability in organisations. Develop the skills to help businesses develop socially and environmentally responsible practices. Learn to manage organisations for a sustainable future.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


There is growing demand for managers who can lead and drive sustainability change within an organisation. This unique course is designed to meet that demand. It explores how to address sustainability issues in an organisation's key operational functions, from accounting to supply chain management.

You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to develop projects that focus on social transformation through organisations and their stakeholders. You will learn how to manage an organisation as it moves from a traditional business model to a sustainable one. We'll show you how to design an organisation that is based on sustainability. This is essential for an ecological global economy.

You'll explore key sustainability challenges through:

  • political economy
  • finance
  • accounting
  • entrepreneurship
  • marketing
  • strategic management

As you progress through the course, you will be able to:

  • engage with industry partners
  • carry out interdisciplinary research
  • plan for a sustainability career
  • study abroad (if eligible)

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What you'll learn

You will:

  • gain a critical appreciation of global sustainability issues and challenges for organisations
  • learn how to reflect on sustainability management practices in ethical and responsible ways
  • apply systemic perspectives and use anticipatory and strategic thinking to address complex problems
  • engage in practice and research projects with real-life organisations
  • experience different learning environments and cultures

You will develop key skills in:

  • stakeholder communication
  • collaborative teamwork
  • socially responsible leadership


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional and practical skills

You will:

  • be able to apply theoretical knowledge to specific contexts of sustainability practice and management.
  • develop integrated problem-solving skills. These include being able to define, contextualise, analyse, and evaluate creative solutions to multi-level sustainability problems.
  • be able to present sustainability solutions effectively to (potential) stakeholders.
  • learn to plan, design, develop and implement collaborative project and team work. You will do this in cross-cultural settings, which will encourage you to be sensitive and responsive to diverse cultural contexts.
  • develop self-awareness and leadership skills. These will help you to influence behavioural and social transformation for sustainability. You will integrate values, ethics and social justice in your learning.

Research skills

You will:

  • develop and apply systemic perspectives on complex challenges at the interface between organisations, society and global eco-systems. This involves using systems thinking.
  • reflect independently and critically on research and the ethical implications of complex sustainability problems and solutions. You will do this at both micro and macro levels of economic and social activity.
  • be able to design, develop, implement, evaluate and report on theory or practice-based research.

Study Abroad opportunities

Once you have completed all the taught elements of the course, you will be able to undertake an additional semester of study with a partner institution.

The Study Abroad period will begin in the late September/early October following submission of your dissertation.

If you participate in an international exchange, you will need to select partner modules which add value to your degree. These should focus on subjects that will enhance your:

  • graduate employability prospects
  • intercultural understanding
  • communication skills

Your future

Further study

This course provides a pathway to a Master of Research (major thesis), MPhil and/or PhD degree in Sustainability Management, and other related fields.


After completing this course, you will be well-equipped to begin or advance in a sustainability-oriented career. You could take on the role of sustainability analyst, officer or manager. This could be in a wide range of organisations and sectors, such as government, business or non-profit.

Industry links

We have strong links with a wide range of organisations focused on pursuing sustainability. These cover a variety of industries and civil society areas.

Careers support

We have careers staff with expertise in advising on "green" and sustainability-oriented careers. This course also includes extra-curricular activities which will support your professional and personal development planning.

You will become a member of our School’s Sustainability Forum. This is a year-long programme of events and activities. You will be able to explore and decide on the main goals and aspirations of your learning journey.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 80 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, national and international leaders
  • over 34,000 alumni in our network, spanning over 150 countries
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is the gateway to Newcastle Helix - an innovation hub and community that brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers.

Our facilities include:

  • flexible conference room with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing over 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and over 25 seminar and teaching spaces, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • dedicated Student Hub and Quiet Space, providing a balanced mix of study space for group work or quiet, individual study
  • contemporary café
  • employability hub to support your career aspirations
  • Bloomberg Room to give you a real feel for the trading room floor
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab, a state-of-the-art research facility for conducting studies in experimental economics and economic psychology

The Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle Helix also offers further study and learning spaces. This includes a 750 seat auditorium – the largest in the University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

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Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

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Dr Wee Chan Au - Degree Programme Director
Newcastle University Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1624
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