Taught course

Strategic Sustainable Business

University of Stirling · Stirling Management School

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

In our course you’ll explore strategic sustainable management and its environmental, social and economic dimensions. Learning from real-life situations and inspirational practitioners, your studies will focus on three key areas:

  • sustainable business
  • strategic management
  • entrepreneurship to lead sustainable change

Unique, practical learning

We focus on the challenges and opportunities of transformative and practical management for sustainability. There’s a balance of theory and practice to help you to prepare for jobs in sustainable management and corporate social responsibility. Our partnerships with sustainably managed organisations provide you with the chance to see how these practices work in the real world.

You’ll be immersed in the practical aspects of sustainable business, acquiring skills, knowledge and expertise on sustainability management by working with real-world organisations. These include large companies, small and medium enterprises, the public sector and NGOs. You’ll learn from experienced sustainable managers, innovators, entrepreneurs and policy makers during the teaching modules.

By the end of the course, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of sustainable management and its opportunities and challenges.

Learn from the experts

Throughout the course, you'll engage with academics who have conducted outstanding research in the field of sustainable management. This research has been published in first-tier journals, such as:

  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy
  • Business and Society
  • Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Real-world experience

We emphasise building your practical experience, with consultancy-style projects for external clients and engagement with Environment influential networks. These networks include the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scotland 2020 and 2050 Climate Groups, along with firms that have won the VIBES Award – Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

Information for international students

INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you'll be guaranteed entry onto this Masters degree.

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 162 in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 with minimum of 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no sub test lower than 17

More information on our English language requirements

Fees and funding

Please consult our website for up-to-date information on course fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Craig Anderson