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MSc Sustainable Business Management

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year 2024
Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline Business and Management


  • Develop advanced business skills combined with an in-depth understanding of sustainability and the role of business in creating a sustainable future
  • Study a range of modules across a variety of disciplines such as climate change, policy and governance, environment and human health taught by experts in the most pressing sustainability problems and their solutions
  • Engage with highly current concepts and debates around Biomimicry and the Circular Economy
  • Progress to careers in general management or leadership positions across all market sectors or more specialist roles in environment and sustainability
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Programme Director: Jose Melenez Roman

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UK Business School of the Year

Times Higher Education Awards 2022

Top 10 for Business and Management

9th in The Complete University Guide 2025

100% of our research in Business and Management has internationally excellent impact

Based on research rated 4* and 3* in the Research Excellence Framework 2021

Triple accredited Business School


Entry requirements

A mid 2:2 degree from a recognised university.

We consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

Environmental sustainability and ethical decision-making are becoming increasingly important within business, with growing recognition that if businesses and governments do not respond to environmental issues the long-term economic impacts will be vast. You will explore sustainability with a focus on the circular enterprise economy, natural capital, and biomimicry in innovative and entrepreneurial business practices.

You will complete a case study providing the opportunity to analyse real-world examples of the relationship between environmental and social performances and economic values and use these learnings to develop your own approaches for achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in your Major Project.

Our wide range of optional modules enables you to tailor your programme to your career and research interests.

  • During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits.
  • Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.
  • Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list.

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£17,100 full-time

International fees per year:

£29,500 full-time

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering scholarships for this programme as part of The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme.  The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and UK universities. The scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at candidates from eligible low and middle income Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the UK.  

The scholarships cover full tuition fees, living costs, airfares and allowances. 

For further details go to our Funding Database.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

University of Exeter Business School research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Our research-led teaching is combined with practical experiences such as field trips and project work, so that you can apply your learning to real world scenarios. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge to pursue the career you want, wherever in the world you choose to work.

Our programmes cover a range of disciplines including entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, human resource management, and tourism. With strong links to organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and with professional organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), we ensure that your Master’s degree is widely recognised in today’s global marketplace.

You will be taught by internationally respected academics who are at the forefront of their research. We draw upon disciplines across the social sciences and give emphasis to the dynamic nature of enterprise, global connectivity and the management and leadership of the global challenges that lie ahead.

The Business School is home to the following research centres:

Graduate School of Environment and Sustainability

You will become part of Exeter's Graduate School of Environment & Sustainability - a vibrant and supportive postgraduate community based here on our Penryn campus in Cornwall. The Graduate School brings together experts from across the spectrum of earth and life sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and business. You will interact with students from other MScs and have the opportunity to explore issues from a range of perspectives, benefiting from a truly interdisciplinary experience. All our programmes are designed with a focus on developing solutions to global challenges and creating a better future for our planet and its people.

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Graduates will be well placed to take up general management and leadership positions across all market sectors, such as Graduate Manager, Management Consultant, Business Development Manager. You will also be competitive candidates for specialist environment and sustainability roles such as Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Environmental/Sustainability Consultant, Environmental/Sustainability Analyst.

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Business School careers service web page for more information.