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PMCOSORE - MSc Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Master of Science Level Masters
Possible interim awards Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Total credits for course 180
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Business and Management
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 1 YEARS  
Part-time Day 2 YEARS  
Course leader Samuel Idowu

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The MSc CSR and Sustainability programme is designed to give students who we assume will be from different disciplines and backgrounds the opportunity of developing their skills and understanding in the emerging and evolving field of Sustainability and Sustainable Development. The field of corporate social responsibility has continued to reorient our perception of how we need to conduct our operational business practices in order to solve a number of addressable social, economic and environmental problems, graduates from all disciplines need to understand many of the issues involved. The course has been designed to meet this objective. Scholars have argued that there are different perceptions to CSR. Elkington in his triple bottom line model argues that there are three elements to CSR namely economic, social and ecological responsibilities, Carroll argues that the elements are four namely economic, legal, ethical and philanthropic responsibilities the United Nations in its Sustainable Development Goals 2030 in 2015 notes that these elements are in fact five, which are People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace. Understanding what these theories are saying about CSR is a good foundation of embedding ethical practices about CSR in tomorrow’s CSR manager. The programme is designed to do this.

There are six core modules which all students will study on the course, they will also have the opportunity of choosing two optional modules from a list of six.

All students will take a 20 credit core module on Fundamentals of CSR and Sustainability. It is the objective of this module to lay the required foundation for CSR with this module.

Students will be directed to develop their understanding and show their ability to apply knowledge and analyses to various business contexts through a range of opportunities, including the use of their own work experience, case studies, business scenarios, presentations, problem-based learning exercises and study visits.

Lectures and seminars which constitute the formal face-to-face elements of the course are essential activities that will support the development of knowledge and understanding. These sessions will provide students with tools of analysis, outline methods for evaluation and give clear guidance on how students may best extend and apply their learning independently. The face to face sessions are action oriented and student-centred to encourage ‘deep’ as opposed to ‘surface’ learning, and give students the opportunity to apply their understanding to various business scenarios, and to test out their ideas.

An important aspect of the skills they must leave the programme with is working successfully with others to achieve a desired objective, a number of their assessments will use group assignments which we believe will help them to develop the interpersonal skill and personal awareness.

These students will be allocated with personal academic tutors, who they will be encouraged to get to relate with about issues relating to their course.

Course aims

The MSc CSR and Sustainability aims to enable its graduates
1. Develop awareness of issues surrounding Sustainable Development and how it should be weaved into operational practices of corporate entities.
2. Develop an understanding of the role of the consultant in developing sustainable businesses.
3. Develop a critical awareness of sustainability debates both within economics and between economics and other disciplines with respects to environmental degradation brought about by business economic activities across the globe.
4. Acquire the practical skills necessary to undertake successful auditing of the working environment.
5. Develop awareness of the importance of the outer and inner contexts of organizations, emphasizing the importance of internal stakeholders to successful CSR outcomes.
6. Develop the substantive knowledge and critical thinking skills required to engage with sustainability issues in a professional context.
7. Develop the skill required to critically evaluate the prospects for effective environmental governance with respect to climate change and sustainability
8. Understand the ‘business case’ for CSR which suggests that socially and environmentally aware companies can expect to survive and prosper in a competitive business environment.
9. Develop awareness the challenges of overcoming stakeholder resistance to CSR and sustainability changes.

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MSc International Trade and Finance, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate conceptual understanding that enables the critical evaluation of key theories, current research and methodologies relating to CSR in business and social environments, sustainability and sustainable development issues, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and Sustainable and Environmental reports and of corporate entities worldwide
2. Demonstrate a good understanding of the principles of economic analysis and its application in examining environmental problems through appreciate the economic causes and consequences of environmental degradation brought about by economic activities.
3. Undertake independent research and use acquired knowledge to analyse and evaluate specific issues and sustainability problems that face business and society, demonstrating higher level skills in understanding research issues in sustainability and sustainable development, and applying appropriate research methods to propose a detailed investigation in the subject
4. Make sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and communicate these findings clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences, demonstrating higher order skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis
5. Explain complex ideas and analyses in their area of research through written exposition, collecting, interpreting, evaluating, manipulating, analysing, synthesising and representing information and data pertinent to the investigation.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

This course complies with the QAA Characteristics Statement for Master’s Degrees (2015)
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/Ma sters-Degree-Characteristics-15.pdf , and the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Master’s Degrees in Business and Management
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SB
S-Business-and%20Management-15.pdffor

Assessment strategy

A range of Assessment methods will be used by module leaders on the course. These assessment methods are designed to measure achievement and to foster the development of the range of learning outcomes given in Section 11 above. It is anticipated that the assessment strategy will support the development of effective and responsible CSR practitioners and experts. Timely feedback to students by module leaders a university wide policy will be adhered to.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Not applicable

Course specific regulations

The course conforms with the Regulations of the University Postgraduate Scheme and there are no additional regulations.

Modules required for interim awards

PG Diploma
Any combination of modules to the value of 120 credit points

PG Certificate
Any combination of modules to the value of 60 credit points

All core modules must be taken to gain the highest award.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

The MSc CSR and Sustainability degree will organise a week long induction programme for students on the degree. The focus of the induction will be to active learning and development whilst inculcating the principles of individual and team learning and development, action planning and preparation for academic study at master’s level. A number of the degree’s core modules are designed to give students the opportunity to develop their reflective learning and personal development. One of the in-course assignments on Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility will for example will require students’ to work in groups to find solutions to a few problems on social, economic and environmental issues contained in cases which will be provided to them. The module on Practical Sustainability also lends itself to helping students develop their reflective learning and self-development in the field of CSR. There are also a number of project modules which are designed to promote reflective learning on the degree.

Other external links providing expertise and experience

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) (2014)

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

Students will be actively encouraged to arrange to meet with the university’s Careers Service. Additional activities including networking events, masterclasses, workshops, guest lectures, book launches etc will be used to support career development and employability during the course.


By the end of the course, students will have developed their self-awareness and practical/transferable skills that will enhance their employability. Engagement with the alumni network and events that enable them to meet with employers and business practitioners will support their ability to progress their careers.

In addition to this, a number of the teaching team are well connected in the sector and will endeavour to do all they can to assist students in searching for suitable employment in the sector nationally and internationally. There will also be the opportunity for some of these graduates wanting to do a PhD in CSR at London Metropolitan University to do this.

Career opportunities

By the end of the degree, you'll have an understanding of the complex area of CSR, allowing you to become a fully-informed sustainability professional and keep abreast of current developments to critically analyse and evaluate the issues surrounding the implications of CSR.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good bachelor’s degree (2.2) in any subject

Exceptionally, candidates with significant CSR experience at a senior level may be considered. Interviews are generally required for non-standard entry.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2017/18 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 31 May 2017 Last validation date 31 May 2017  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes 100089 (management studies): 100%
Route code COSORE

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
AC7070 Fundamentals of CSR and Sustainability Core 20 NORTH AUT TUE PM
AC7P71 CSR and Sustainability Project Core 40 NORTH SUM NA  
          NORTH SPR NA  
FE7057 Practical Sustainability Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
FE7058 Consultancy Core 20 NORTH AUT TUE PM
FE7060 Environmental Economics and Investment Core 20 NORTH AUT TUE EV
FE7065 Research Methods for Global Business Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE EV
BL7001 CSR and Environmental Law Option 20 NORTH AUT WED PM
FE7052 International Corporate Finance Option 20 NORTH AUT WED EV
FE7055 Growth, Trade and Development Option 20 NORTH AUT MON EV
FE7063 Financial Regulation and Compliance Option 20 NORTH SPR THU EV
MN7161 Human and Ethical Perspectives in Organisations Option 20 NORTH SPR MON EV
TR7084 Translating for International Organisations Option 20 NORTH SPR WED EV

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
AC7070 Fundamentals of CSR and Sustainability Core 20        
AC7P71 CSR and Sustainability Project Core 40 NORTH SUM NA  
          NORTH SPR NA  
FE7057 Practical Sustainability Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
FE7058 Consultancy Core 20        
FE7060 Environmental Economics and Investment Core 20        
FE7065 Research Methods for Global Business Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE EV
BL7001 CSR and Environmental Law Option 20        
FE7052 International Corporate Finance Option 20        
FE7055 Growth, Trade and Development Option 20        
FE7063 Financial Regulation and Compliance Option 20 NORTH SPR THU EV
MN7161 Human and Ethical Perspectives in Organisations Option 20 NORTH SPR MON EV
TR7084 Translating for International Organisations Option 20 NORTH SPR WED EV