M.Sc. On Campus

Global Strategy and Sustainability

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
24000 GBP/year
17200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The MSc in Global Strategy and Sustainability at The University of Edinburgh aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the theories, processes, behaviours and institutional forces effecting the environmental and social sustainability of private, public and 3rd sector organizations, and the role of strategy in affecting local and global outcomes.


As a society, we face urgent challenges from the impact of climate emergencies, environmental damage and social inequality.

Businesses sit at the nexus of many of these challenges as they must address the concerns of multiple stakeholders:

  • customers
  • supply
  • chain partners
  • investors
  • governments
  • local communities

The challenge for businesses is to transform their cultures, processes and even business models for the better within the broader context of a global context to net zero carbon.

What role can business play in contributing to achieving net zero carbon while protecting and enhancing human rights – freedom from poverty, access to clean water, good health and a right to education – at a local and a global level? Business firms and organizations must upgrade their capabilities through individuals with a nuanced, critical and reflexive understanding of environmental sustainability and social inequality from a business perspective.

At Edinburgh, you will have the opportunity to learn about business and its impact upon environment and society from researchers who are international leaders in their field, and from leading research and industry engagement from the Business School’s Centre for Business Climate Change and Society (CBCCS). You will also benefit from the Business School and the University’s networks in industry, and in the field of social responsibility and sustainability field.

You will learn in a diverse multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment through innovative teaching that combines and incorporates blended and experiential learning approaches.

The MSc in Global Strategy and Sustainability at The University of Edinburgh aims: 

  • To give you opportunities to learn conceptually and experientially how organisations in a range of contexts can create value for stakeholders through more sustainable and equitable approaches.
  • To facilitate students of diverse backgrounds and nationalities to collaborate in developing knowledge and skills required to be competent, knowledgeable and reflexive managers who can lead and support the development and implementation of environmentally sustainable and socially equitable practices and processes across a range of different sectors and organizational contexts

Programme Structure

By the end of the programme, you will have the following knowledge and understanding:

  • How to critically and strategically assess our existing understanding about a range of issues within the field of business, and its systemic relationship to research-based knowledge of environmental sustainability and social impact;
  • Of the role of practices, processes and policies in enabling organizational performance, sustainability and equity;
  • Of the challenges and opportunities for developing and implementing these new practices, processes and policies.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in business and commerce, management, finance, accounting, economics, international politics, international relations, science, engineering, or law.
  • We may also consider applicants with a degree in a different subject area but who have relevant work experience or can demonstrate a high level of interest and engagement in environmental/social sustainability. This could, for example be through involvement with voluntary organisations or societies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    17200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17200 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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