Entry requirements

We know many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses. That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You'll also need to meet our English language requirements.
Additionally, you'll need to pass your first assignment set within the two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.
Academic entry route
In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our MSc Leadership for Sustainability, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree; or a relevant professional qualification
Work experience entry route
In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements, you must meet the following criteria:
  • at least three years’ experience within a relevant field of business, industry or a not-for-profit organisation, supported by two appropriate references
English language requirements
As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency is required in this language. If English isn’t your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.
You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Sustainability is an important issue, but how do you apply it to your business? Our MSc Leadership for Sustainability introduces ways to develop a strong, successful and sustainable economic model that helps your organisation achieve long-term growth.

The course focuses on the principles of sustainability within leadership, with modules that clearly and pragmatically link together to give a full picture of a real-life organisation.
You’ll explore a range of interesting topics, including:
  • how sustainable enterprises run economically, effectively and sustainably
  • the core principles of sustainable enterprise
  • the advantages of a ‘circular economy’
By the end, you’ll have a solid intellectual and philosophical understanding of how to take your organisation to the next level in sustainability.


  • Core Concepts in Leadership, Sustainability and Enterprise
  • High Impact Leadership
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability and Enterprise
  • Leadership and Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Policy and Data Analytics for Sustainability
  • Strategic Management for Sustainable Enterprise
  • Research Methods
  • Business and Management Research Report

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

£12,167 UK / £12,428 International (2023-24)

  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • 10% Anniversary Scholarship available on all Masters programmes.
Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 1206 489 358