Taught course

Corporate Social Responsibility

Robert Gordon University · School of Applied Social Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject area, and demonstrate an interest and understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility, in the University course application form.
Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – the nature of the relationship between corporates, governments and communities has become increasingly significant as all parties become aware of the potential positive (or negative) impacts of businesses on the world beyond their immediate and obvious activities.
This MSc is designed to enable students to apply ways of thinking about CSR to local and global industries such as telecoms, finance, commodities trading and the extractive industries. Incorporating the study of a diverse array of local to global factors, the course assists students in grasping the complexities of the contemporary issues and challenges facing a variety of sectors and their role in development alongside governments and third sector organisations.
You will learn how to:
  • Identify problems facing 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.
The course offers student two exit routes:
  • MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Energy); or
  • MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Sustainable Development)

Information for international students

Postgraduate courses normally require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components. Some of our courses require a different level of English. Please check our course pages for specific details. Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

Fees and funding

UK students
Distance Learning Part-time £3,410 Stage 1: £3,410 Stage 2: £2,280 Stage 3: Full-time, £7,160 entire course
International students
Distance Learning Part-time £3,410 Stage 1: £3,410 Stage 2: £2,280 Stage 3: Full-time, £11,120 entire course

For more information, visit www.rgu.ac.uk/finance

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
36 months


full time
8 months
distance learning
24 months


distance learning
12 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1224 262728