MSc Sustainable Business

Please note that this course is subject to approval.

Year of entry: 2024


Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc)
1 year
Entry requirements

We require a First or Upper Second class honours degree (2:1, with 60% average) from a UK university or the overseas equivalent.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

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Course options

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Course overview

Develop a sustainability mindset, learn how to challenge orthodox thinking and make the world more ecologically, socially and economically sustainable. This MSc provides students with the ability to apply a business perspective towards developing sustainable goals.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £17,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £28,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


Contact details

Alliance Manchester Business School
Contact name
Master's Admissions Office
Alliance Manchester Business School was established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. Today, we are the UK's largest campus-based business and management school, and 'Original Thinking Applied' is at the heart of everything we do. Find out more .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a First or Upper Second class honours degree (2:1, with 60% average) from a UK university or the overseas equivalent.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

English language

For the latest information on demonstrating your English proficiency for those who first language is not English, please see our language requirements .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements see entry requirements for your country.  

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Your statement of purpose should cover the areas outlined below: 

  • Tell us why you are interested in the MSc Sustainable Business course at Alliance MBS and how the course will impact on your future
  • Describe what makes you an outstanding applicant and describe your potential to contribute to all aspects of the course.

How your application is considered

We can only process applications with the following documents:

  • valid English Language qualification
  • first and second year transcript (scanned copies are accepted at the time of application)  
  • statement of purpose (this is included as part of your application form, you do not need to email your statement of purpose directly to the Admissions Team)


To defer your offer to the following year, you must contact your admission officer to get a copy of the deferral form. You can only defer your offer for one year.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Understand the scale and nature of sustainability as a global issue and how this varies across the global north and south. You will recognise the key enabling and constraining, political and institutional contexts which affect sustainable business practice.

You will also:

  • Gain a critical understanding of the key global sustainability debates and challenges
  • Explore key theories of sustainability transitions and sustainable business
  • Understand how to critically engage with sustainable business perspectives to facilitate societal transitions to sustainable futures
  • Develop an understanding of research methods and analytics, including techniques of data collection and analysis necessary for developing a critical perspective on sustainability challenges and sustainable solutions

Special features

Sustainable Development Goals

The University has consistently ranked in the top 10 universities globally for impact against the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by the Times Higher Education and AMBS is a member of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education.

Teaching and learning

The course will combine face-to-face sessions with online digital resources. Classes will feature debates, role-play, real-world cases and live projects. An international cohort of students will work independently and in teams, building networks of future sustainability leaders.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits.

Semester One

  • Sustainability as a Global Grand Challenge
  • Navigating Whole System Transitions
  • Foundations & cases in Sustainable Business
  • Responsible Management 

Semester Two

  • Evidence and analysis for sustainable business projects
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship & business model innovation
  • Accounting, finance and the ESG agenda
  • International dimensions of sustainable business 

Dissertation or Sustainable Business Research project (60 credits)

  • Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
  • A dissertation normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research
  • Sustainable Business Research project consists of a group challenge and a piece of individual critical analysis work, supported by a literature review
  • Group projects may be based on real-life or live sustainable business problems, including through The University of Manchester University Living Lab

Scholarships and bursaries

Disability support

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Career opportunities

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Graduates may consider a career in a wide range of private, public, third sector and academic organisations.