M.Sc. Corporate Social Responsibility with Environmental Management

University of York

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,532 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,233 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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CSR and environmental management are becoming key issues for a wide range of businesses and organisations, both in the UK and overseas, as they seek to resolve longstanding operational and competitive challenges using socially and environmentally friendly technologies and processes.

The context of the programme will be international, reflecting the increasing trend towards the globalisation of business organisation and the transnational nature of environmental problems faced by the corporate sector and regulators and policy-makers.

The programme is suitable for those aiming for careers in management both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, which require an understanding of CSR, and environmental management.

The programme incorporates a range of modules from business management and environmental science including compulsory modules in Corporate Social Responsibility and Risk, Continuity and Change in Organisations, Qualitative Research Methods, Tools for Environmental Assessment, Social and Environmental Accounting, Climate Change and Carbon Management, and Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis, and Financial Management.

Optional modules may include the Management of Human Resources, Strategic Management and Organisational Change, the study of Business Information Systems, Innovation and Technology Management, Operations and Project Management, Environment, Law and Policy, Pollution Control and Waste Management, Environmental Economics, Environmental Science and Management Case Studies, and Environmental Contaminants: Pathways and Processes. The programme also incorporates a dissertation component involving independent research in any aspect of CSR and Environmental management covered by the syllabus.


Term 1
* Corporate Social Responsibility & Risk (20 credits)
* Business Information Systems (10 credits)
* Financial Management (10 credits)
* Environmental Science and Management Case Studies (10 credits)
* Tools for Environmental Assessment (10 credits)

Term 2
* Climate Change Science and Management (10 credits)
* Environmental Law and policy (10 credits)
* Qualitative Research Methods (10 credits)

Choice of 1 from:

* Social and Environmental Accounting (20 credits)
* Continuity and Change in Organisations (20 credits)

Term 3
* Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis (10 credits)

* Dissertation (60 credits)

Note: the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer


Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent) in any relevant subject for example; management, finance, economics, environmental science, geography, geology or joint honours with the above.

Applicants with a 2:2 degree in the above or related subjects with relevant supplementary work experience are welcomed, for instance a track record in business management or prior engagement in a CSR role.

No prior knowledge of science is needed but the programme does include quantitative and financial modules for which applicants will be required to demonstrate experience or knowledge of quantitative approaches and/or economics. Students will need to have a good level of mathematical/statistical ability as demonstrated, for example, by having completed a first degree that includes elements of economics, accounting or finance.

For students whose first language is not English, we normally require evidence of English language ability.

Typical offers for students from other countries
China: offers range from 80 to 85 in the four year bachelors degree. Diplomas are not accepted.

Greece: GPA of at least 6.5 in undergraduate degree

India: First-class undergraduate degree

Malaysia: GPA of at least 3 in undergraduate degree

Pakistan: First-class undergraduate degree

English Language requirements
Applicants for whom English is not their first language should provide evidence of English language competence. Acceptable qualifications are:

IELTS: with overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in other components

TOEFL: 96in the Internet-based test with a minimum of 24 for writing, 23 for speaking, 23 for listening and 23 for reading.

Cambridge Proficiency at Grade C or above

Pearson Language Test: 67

Pre-Masters Programme (Graduate Diploma in Academic Communication)
Applicants for Masters programmes in the Management School, Politics, Physics, Social Practice and Social Work or Womens studies, with an IELTS result of 5.5, can take the Universitys Pre-Masters programme. This programme provides spoken and written skills development in specific subject areas, as well as preparation for Postgraduate level study in a UK environment.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test: 96

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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