Applications are now closed for this programme for the 2016/17 intake. 

This course will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills for a successful business career with an emphasis on corporate sustainability. It will teach you both management and corporate sustainability theory and concepts and how to apply them practically in a real-world business environment.

At a glance

  • Start dateApplications closed for 2016/17 entry
  • Duration1 year
  • DeliveryTaught modules 65%, individual thesis 35%
  • QualificationMSc
  • Study typeFull-time

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in management with a focus on corporate sustainability, and for those in the early stages of their career who are keen to learn how to embed sustainability thinking into their role.

Class Profile 2015/16:

Gender:  Male 45% Female 55%
Age range:  22-43 years
Average age: 30 years
Number of nationalities:  

Why this course?

Cranfield is known for being close to business. For more than 40 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of sustainable management. Cranfield is one of the early signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRIME), and focuses on teaching and enhancing long-term social, environmental and sustainable business practices.

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"It’s a very good learning environment. The professors are not only really good, they are very motivated. You have the feeling they really want to teach you something."

Sara Siakala, alumna, MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability 2016

Informed by Industry

Cranfield bridges the gap between the corporate and academic worlds to promote sustainable business management. Our close connections within industry have enabled us to create and develop a 'community of practice' in the field, in which we serve as researchers, mentors and educators.

Accreditation

The Cranfield MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability is a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) dual accreditation degree.

You will have the unique opportunity to stand out from other management graduates by achieving CMI’s professional management qualification alongside your Cranfield degree. 

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.  It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, the hallmark of any professional manager, and encompasses a membership community more than 100,000 strong. 

More information can be found at: www.managers.org.uk 

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Course details

The course comprises twelve general management and specialist modules in corporate sustainability, a sustainable business consultancy project and a major research project based on a real sustainable business issue of your choice. One module is taught by Cranfield School of Water, Energy and Environment.

International Study Tour

Whilst studying the Cranfield MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability you will have the opportunity to attend the annual MIT Sustainability Summit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, as part of a three day optional study tour.

The Summit has grown to include more than 350 attendees and brings together professionals, academics and students to discuss key sustainability challenges. Presentations from influential thought leaders and expert practitioners combine with interactive workshops and provide the opportunity for you to brainstorm solutions to real sustainability problems with a diverse international audience. This will expose you to the very latest thinking in the area of sustainability, to discuss ideas with experts in the field and to build a network of useful contacts.

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Individual project

The thesis will require you to undertake a major research project based on a real sustainability business issue. You will apply your management knowledge, skills and analytical abilities to real-life situations and demonstrate your ability to research issues, critically evaluate data and information, apply tools and techniques to solve management problems, and write a report concisely, informatively and persuasively.


Assessment

Taught modules 65%, individual thesis 35%

Core modules

Marketing Strategy and Planning

Module Leader
  • Professor Hugh Wilson
Syllabus

    The module will familiarise you with the principles of strategic marketing and apply those principles to the marketing planning process. This process is cross-functional, and plans for the organisation’s revenue generation. Each session introduces you to important aspects of marketing strategy and then applies these theoretical elements in practice through the development of marketing plans based on a current case study. This is a very practical module leading to the development of a strategic marketing plan, and you will be required to research information and complete application exercises during and between classes.

    The module covers:

    • Strategic marketing and its role in the organisation.
    • Ten steps of the strategic marketing planning process.
    • Mission statements and organisational objectives.
    • The marketing audit and analytical tools.
    • Market maps and market segmentation.
    • SWOT analysis.
    • Marketing objectives and strategies.
    • Product and pricing strategy.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the evolution and role of marketing and be able to describe the characteristics of a customer-centric organisation.
  • Appreciate a series of marketing tools and techniques and their application in practice.
  • Recognise a successful marketing planning process and understand the construction and evaluation of a strategic marketing plan.
  • Structure and prepare a comprehensive marketing plan.
  • Make persuasive business arguments on paper and in presentations.
  • Evaluate marketing plans prepared by others.

Managing People and Organisations

Module Leader
  • Dr Ricahrd Kwiatkowski
Syllabus

    This module combines key ideas from organisational behaviour, psychology, sociology, and human resource management in order to provide you with a basic understanding and fluency in recognising, understanding and utilising what has been termed the "human factor" in organisations; including ways of conceptualising organisations and how people behave within them. You shall further consider the impact of the external environment on organisations, and finally address notions of organisational change.

    The module covers:

    • Introduction to people and organisations.
    • The individual and the team.
    • Motivation at work.
    • Employee engagement.
    • Performance management.
    • Political aspects of organisations.
    • Cultural aspects of organisations.
    • The changing nature of work.
    • The impact of the external environment organisations.
    • Individual and organisational change.
Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Understand a number of  different ways of conceptualising and understanding the individual within the organisation.
  • Understand a range of models and theories relevant to measuring and managing organisational performance.
  • Understand importance of relationships at work, group dynamics, effective teams and leadership in achieving effectiveness and change.
  • Critically engage with relevant topics in order to enhance personal capability.
  • Apply aspects of understanding and knowledge gained in the module to individually and personally relevant outcomes; especially concerning employability.
  • Gain insight into practical aspects of understanding and managing people and organisations, and identify gaps in their knowledge and skills.
  • Link to your personal and professional development agenda.

Managing Profitability, Liquidity and Asset Utilisation

Module Leader
  • Dr Simon Templar
Syllabus

    The module introduces you to the role of finance within an organisation and focuses on a number of traditional and contemporary costing approaches that will increase the visibility of cost and aid your management decision-making. The module begins with a session which explores the role of accounting and finance within an organisation. You are then introduced to the key financial statements contained in the reports and accounts of a business, highlighting the role of management accounting and needs of users of financial information. 

    The module covers:

    • The role of accounting and finance within an organisation.
    • Interpretation of company financial statements.
    • Introduction to traditional and contemporary accounting tools and techniques which can be applied to management decisions.
    • The application of accounting tools and techniques to support decision-making.
    • Exploring the relationship between accounting information and the management of an organisation.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify how management decisions can have an impact on the financial performance of an organisation.
  • Appreciate the theoretical concepts that underpin traditional and contemporary cost accounting approaches used to cost processes.
  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and contemporary costing approaches.
  • Interpret a set of company reports and accounts.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of a number of costing approaches, through direct practical application to a relevant management issue.
  • Apply a number of financial tools and techniques to appraise projects, product and customers profitability.

Improving Decision Quality with Management Science

Module Leader
  • Dr Benny Tjahjono
Syllabus

    The course will describe, demonstrate and critique the application of a range of management science techniques to support management decisions. Techniques that will be covered range from simple graphs to deterministic and stochastic modelling, including statistical analysis and forecasting methods. 

    The module covers:

    • The management science approach and break-even analysis.
    • Linear programming and graphical solution.
    • Linear programming with software support (MS Excel) and sensitivity analysis.
    • Probability theory and statistics (basic principles of probability theory, probability distributions, sampling distributions).
    • Decision analysis (decision making under risk and uncertainty, sequential decision making with decision trees).
    • Queuing (single server, multi-server queuing applications for manufacturing and service operations management).
    • Simulation.
    • Hypothesis testing and regression.
    • Forecasting.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Discern and apply appropriate management science techniques to analyse and solve common management decision problems.
  • Propose appropriate solution approaches to new decision problems.
  • Evaluate the application of management science techniques to a given problem and critically discuss their applicability, strength and weaknesses.
  • Understand the limitations of various management science techniques in a problem context.
  • Communicate the solutions provided by management science techniques based on an understanding of the theoretical principles that underpin the solutions.
  • Correctly interpret the results in a clear and meaningful way and to be able to communicate them effectively to a lay audience.

Economics for Managers

Module Leader
  • Dr Catarina Figueira
Syllabus

    The module will introduce you to the concepts and techniques associated with managerial economics. You will learn to employ economic reasoning when making choices about the use of resources, recognise the importance of marginal analysis and diminishing returns in the context of business and consumer decisions, and analyse the external environment and understand the forces shaping the firm's competitive environment. On completion of the module, you will understand how to apply economic theory to real world problems.

    The module covers:

    • The concept of equilibrium: micro and macro structures of a broad range of financial markets. 
    • Choice theory and rational economic decision making: levels and structure of prices of assets in a broad range of financial markets is developed.
    • Concepts and ideas in macroeconomics relating to financial markets.
    • Monetary economics and the institutional context to which it applies.
    • Structure of money and capital markets.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Employ economic reasoning when making choices in the use of resources.
  • Recognise the importance of marginal analysis and diminishing returns in the context of business and consumer decisions.
  • Appreciate the various objectives which different firms may pursue and the consequent impact on managerial decisions, including those relating to price and output levels.
  • Analyse both the external environment and the internal capabilities of a firm and understand the forces shaping the firm’s competitive environment.
  • Recognise the importance of developments in the macroeconomy for management and business performance.
  • Use economic theory.
  • Use relevant geometric and quantitative models to explain and analyse monetary and financial phenomena.
  • Apply economic theory to real world problems.

Managing Operations

Module Leader
  • Dr Bob Lillis
Syllabus

    The module will teach you about the strategic role of operations, about designing and managing the operations process, about the tools and techniques of process improvement, and about capacity and inventory management, quality management, and performance management. You will learn to evaluate the contribution of operations to the development and implementation of successful business strategy, to appraise the critical issues faced by different operations, to select priorities for operational performance improvement, and plan the means to bring about that improvement. By the end of the module, you should be able to design and implement an operations strategy for any organisation.

    The module covers:

    • Strategic role and contribution of operations.
    • The process and content of operations strategy.
    • Process design and layout.
    • Managing the process experience.
    • Tools and techniques of process improvement.
    • Capacity management.
    • Inventory management, lean and agile operations.
    • Quality management and improvement.
    • People in operations.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically position the topic in an appropriate organisational context, recognising that tactically, operations management involves cross functional links at the process level.
  • Evaluate the operations contribution to the development and implementation of successful business strategy.
  • Appraise the critical issues faced by different operations, demonstrate how to select the priorities for operational performance improvement and plan the means to bring about that improvement.
  • Design and implement an operations strategy for any organisation.

Strategic Management

Module Leader
  • Professor Cliff Bowman
Syllabus

    This module is concerned with the direction and scope of the organisation. You will determine the purpose of the organisation, establish its objectives and formulate strategies in order to achieve these objectives. Predominantly you will explore how an organisation positions itself with regard to its changing environment, and in particular its competitors, in order to gain and sustain competitive advantage. This means that strategic management considers how an organisation’s internal resources and capabilities can be developed to meet the changing demands of customers, in such a way as to achieve the expectations and objectives of its stakeholders.  

    The module covers:

    • Conceptual and empirical research.
    • Competitive and corporate strategy.
    • Strategy in an international context.
    • Strategy design and implementation.
    • The notions of environmental analysis.
    • Resources and sustainable competitive advantage.
    • Political strategy and parenting advantage.
    • Successes and failures for implementing strategy.
    • International development to achieve sustainable competitive advantage.  
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate that in order to achieve and sustain advantage, you will need to be able to understand and react to changes in your organisation's environment, to perceive the threats and opportunities in this environment, and to formulate strategies which are consistent with the organisation's resources and capabilities.
  • Examine the key challenges companies face and understand the major approaches companies employ as they seek to navigate complex environments.
  • Understand the key strategy concepts as well as recent research regarding corporate and competitive advantage.
  • Make strategic decisions and improve your ability to think strategically.
  • Utilise practical skills with strategic management tools and techniques.

Managing Corporate Sustainability

Module Leader
  • Dr Palie Smart
Syllabus

    The module outlines the major sustainability challenges and explores how progressive organisations are responding to them in-terms of organisational mind-set, leadership, value-chain, collaboration and change management. It will give you a better understanding of how corporate action can be best configured to promote responsible and sustainable business strategies, and invite you to think about the purpose of business.

    This module covers:

    • Sustainability challenges and new industrial paradigm.
    • The responsible organisation’s mind-set response.
    • Leadership response.
    • Value chain response.
    • Inter-organisation network response.
    • Championing change response.
    • Sustainable futures and scenarios.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the range of global sustainability challenges facing businesses.
  • Establish key concepts and theories relating to corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility/citizenship and business ethics.
  • Decipher and articulate the value of organisational responses to sustainability challenges.
  • Review and evaluate the different ways in which organisations assesses their material impacts and how they report sustainability performance.
  • Express the distinguishing management and leadership skills required to manage and embed successful corporate sustainability initiatives.
  • Discuss how to engage employees and identify potential change agents and sustainability champions.
  • Undertake a rough-cut organisational sustainability maturity diagnostic assessment and appraisal.
  • Apply envisioning tools to imagine and design future sustainable business scenarios.
  • Use sustainability performance data from company report and accounts and other data-bases to carry out a comparative analysis.
  • Work in teams, explore/present collective intellectual positions and debate their merits amongst peers.
  • Articulate the key tenants of an implementation plan that avoid the risks associated with green wash approach to sustainability.

Management Consulting

Module Leader
  • Dr Monica Franco-Santos
Syllabus

    The module brings together what you have learnt on the programme so far and helps you to apply it in practice. You will work in teams, playing the role of a management consulting team, in competition with the other learning teams. You will be presented with a real-life business problem from a case company and will have one week to understand the problem, gather relevant data, use appropriate tools/frameworks to analyse the data, and propose innovative, pragmatic and achievable recommendations. A panel of experts, including practitioners and academics, will assess your proposed solutions and give you feedback.

    The module covers:

    • Developing relationships that last.
    • Project management.
    • From diagnosis to discovery: Problem solving and creative thinking.
    • Delivering the message with success.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically examine managerial problems with the aim of make strategic decisions to solve them.
  • Combine and apply the theories, frameworks and perspectives learnt in other modules.
  • Explain and critically comment upon relevant process, concepts and methods involved in management consulting projects.
  • Recognise how to develop authentic relationships with external and internal clients.
  • Understand how to present ideas effectively.
  • Utilise data analysis skills.
  • Utilise presentation skills.
  • Utilise problem solving skills.
  • Utilise project management skills.

Creating Sustainable Organisations

Module Leader
  • Professor David Grayson
Syllabus

    This module will further discuss some of the major sustainability challenges facing organisations today, and will explore how the leading organisations are managing their social, environmental and economic impacts. You will gain a better understanding of how organisational action can be aligned to promote responsible and sustainable values and you will reflect on the long-standing debates concerning the political economy and ethical management practices.

Intended learning outcomes

Applied Science and Technology for Environmental Sustainability

Module Leader
  • Dr Philip Longhurst
Syllabus

    During this module you will review the business case for environmental sustainability in terms of resource security, risk management, regulatory compliance and supply chain management. Furthermore you will learn about the key technologies for the treatment of water, waste, soil and air emissions, their characteristics and principles for operation. You will be introduced to the environmental analytics and decision tools that are increasingly used to evidence good environmental performance across a broad range of business sectors.

    This module has four elements as follows:

    • The Business Imperative for Environmental Sustainability
    • Tools and Techniques for Environmental Decision-making
    • Technology Selection and Appraisal
    • Sustainable Design and Manufacturing
Intended learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module, the participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the relationships between technology, governance and decision analytics as they relate to the environmental sustainability agenda.
  • Contextualise these features in businesses that have strong environmental governance, as exemplified by case studies.
  • Evaluate and select various tools and techniques for technology and strategy appraisal, their advantages, disadvantages and data requirements.
  • Express the sustainability agenda clearly in business terms.
  • Engage employees and identify potential change agents and sustainability champions.

Sustainability in Practice

Module Leader
  • Dr Palie Smart
Syllabus

    This module simulates a real-life consultancy project. Competing against your class colleagues, your team will work on a live sustainability challenge project for a partner organisation over the course of a week. You will formulate recommendations and report to senior executives at the final client presentation. You will investigate the organisational context and sustainability challenge in depth and discuss potential avenues and the implications for its resolution. This module will allow you to gain a broader and better understanding of how organisational action can be best configured to promote responsible and sustainable business behaviours and strategies.

Intended learning outcomes

Research Methods and Statistics

Module Leader
  • Dr Ian Crawford
Syllabus

    The module will equip you to design, conduct and report on the research project in the final part of the programme, as well as preparing you to carry out or commission management research in your professional life. You will learn to articulate and define management problems, design research that will help you to make informed management decisions, choose and apply appropriate qualitative or quantitative data collection and analysis methods, translate data into information to form evidence for management decision-making, and to use widely-used quantitative and qualitative analysis software.

    The module covers:

    • The nature and purposes of an MSc thesis.
    • An introduction to organisational research methods.
    • Research planning and design.
    • Selecting and applying qualitative research methods.
    • Using SPSS for statistical analysis of research data.
    • Selecting and applying statistical tests and measures.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Articulate and define management problems.
  • Design and plan studies that will generate the data required to make informed management decisions.
  • Choose appropriate methods of qualitative and/or quantitative data collection methods.
  • Choose and apply appropriate methods of qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis.
  • Translate data into information to form evidence for management decision making.
  • Utilise the most widely used quantitative and qualitative analysis software by practitioners.
  • Time manage.
  • Project plan.
  • Make informed decisions: evidenced-based decision making.
  • Structure and order management reports.
  • Critically evaluate data and information. 
  • Critically evaluate data and information interpreted and presented by third parties.
  • Write concisely, informatively and persuasively in order that communications achieved their intended effect.
  • Utilise effective presentation skills.

Fees and funding

MSc Full-time £11,000

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.
MSc Full-time £17,500

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Funding Opportunities

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

Bursaries

We have a limited number of bursaries available for UK/EU candidates, worth up to £4,000. These are awarded at the MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability course director's discretion and are based on merit as well as considerations of financial need. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please indicate so in the financial details section of your application.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and each application is considered on its individual merit.  Usually candidates must hold either a first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline; or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications; or a professional qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACA, ACCA) and have 5 years' relevant work experience.

Having taken your application into consideration, the course director may also require you to take GMAT (minimum score 600). The GMAT course code for the Masters in Management and Corporate Sustainability is K2H-N3-98.

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English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component

TOEFL - 92, with a minimum of 21 in the writing component

Pearson PTE Academic - 65

Cambridge English Scale - 180

Cambridge English: Advanced - C

Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Your career

At Cranfield you will receive support to help you plan an effective career strategy, whether you are looking to secure your first role in corporate sustainability, or wanting to take your career to the next level. The Cranfield Career Development Service will help you to plan your personal and professional development and provide you with lifelong career management skills.

Applying

To apply you will need to register to use our online system. Once you have set up an account you will be able to create, save and amend your application form before submitting it.

Once your online application has been submitted together with your supporting documentation, it will be processed by our admissions team. You will then be advised by email if you are successful, unsuccessful, or whether the course director would like to interview you before a decision is made.  Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.

Applications are now closed for this programme for the 2016/17 intake.