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  • Study a unique multidisciplinary degree which enables you to make a positive difference to the lives of people around the world

  • Learn from a specialist team of research-active academics who work at the forefront of the field

  • Engage with academic literature and up-to-date management case studies

  • Develop the core skills and knowledge to tackle the global challenges of social justice and sustainability

  • Enjoy a rich student experience with input from of our diverse community of students from all corners of the globe 

Are you seeking a challenge that’s in tune with our times and looking to make a difference in the world? Our dynamic and interdisciplinary MSc Sustainability and Social Justice programme is designed to challenge current thinking on the way in which individuals engage with, and organisations operate within, an increasingly turbulent global environment. 

The 1 year full-time (2 years part-time) programme aims to develop your critical skills as an undergraduate or manager seeking to develop sustainable organisational strategies, policies and practices. The course facilitates critical learning, which is respectful of socio-cultural differences nationally and internationally, and enables you to apply holistic knowledge derived from politics, economics, culture and management to a range of contemporary global and social justice issues. For example, the fashion industry faces increasing pressures to become more sustainable; not only in fast fashion, with sustainable sourcing and production, but also in luxury fashion, with corporate social responsibility. Such matters across industries will be examined from multiple sustainability and social justice perspectives to discuss potential solutions and scopes for future directions.

You will benefit from research informed teaching from cross-department specialists within the Business School and across the University, and an excellent working and learning environment. By engaging with academic works and current management case studies you will develop the practical wisdom, strategic knowledge and managerial skills essential for successful future careers in organisations with an innovative and sustainable global outlook.

The core modules comprise Principles of Responsible Management, Social Justice, Principles of Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Policy Responses, International Human Rights and Social (in)Justice, Market-Led Organisational Change, Research Methods and an opportunity to go deeper with a Dissertation or Consultancy Project on a specific area of interest agreed with your tutor.

Built upon the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and designed alongside the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the programme will appeal to undergraduates seeking to progress to postgraduate study with an interest in issues of sustainability and social justice. It will also attract managers working to develop sustainable organisational strategies and policies both in profit and not-for-profit sectors. 


As a graduate of our well-rounded programme, you will be equipped to enter careers in a wide-range of sectors including consultancy, communications and advocacy, government research, national and international charities, NGOs, think tanks, business and social enterprise where you will be able to develop sustainable organisational strategies and policies.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start date: September 2021
Teaching takes place: Daytime


Taught elements of the course take place on campus, Winchester


Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information 

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our . 


Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or international equivalent. This programme is aimed at a wide range of students from different national and professional backgrounds.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

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Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Principles of Responsible Management 20

Organisations are under increasing pressure from various stakeholders to embed environmental and social purpose into business systems and structures, and this module is designed to develop understanding of opportunities and challenges for progressive and transformative organisational action. This module provides students with a conceptual and practical understanding of the principles of responsible management as presented in the United Nations PRME, and Global Compact frameworks. Emphasis will be given to the business perspective (both from an individual and organisational analytical lens), alongside other societal actors in a broader political economic context, alongside ethical decisions shaping responsible business management practices.

Social Justice 20

Social justice is an ideal that means different things to different people.  The central aim of this module is to help students formulate a nuanced concept of social justice that they can apply in their professional roles and beyond, both working within institutional structures and, where appropriate, challenging them. The module fosters wide reading and class discussion to build empathy towards diverse visions of social justice alongside critical analysis of their values, implications and feasibility. Students will develop diplomatic, listening and communication skills to equip them to be agents of change for good in society.

Principles of Environmental Sustainability 20

The focus of this module is on how the natural environment that has been degraded as a result of human activity can be restored at the same time as continuing to be used to meet the economic and social needs of the current generation and maintained for future generations. Students will learn about the proximate (e.g. climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss) and indirect socio-economic and political factors that have caused unsustainable environmental exploitation and develop an in-depth understanding of the potential solutions to these complex and varied problems. It considers what environmental sustainability means in practice to different stakeholders with contrasting needs. Under what circumstances one group’s voice should be given priority, and how might this be contested? The module also explores issues of governance at different scales (international, national and local) that shape debates and policies regarding how environmental sustainability should be achieved in the 21st century.

Climate Change and Policy Responses 20

This module aims to develop a deep understanding of the links between climate change policy and actions via study of theory and practice. Embedding students’ understanding of theory of climate policy requires a consideration of history dating back to before the 1990s. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, 1992) is introduced as the initial global recognition of the climate crisis, with attempts at legal underpinning (e.g. Kyoto, 1998) analysed for their long-term legacy in policy. Millennium efforts at addressing global inequalities are also examined in order to develop frameworks for multiple policy analysis (including both climate and development). More recent international efforts are thus placed in perspective. Successes and failures are analysed, and adaptation and mitigation futures assessed through multi-policy, multi-country study. The Global effort on both is analysed critically, with attention to barriers to progress and the implications for climate justice.

International Human Rights and Social (In)Justice 20

This module will provide students with a critical introduction to international human rights theory and its application with specific reference to models of social justice. Initially the module will examine a number of the key underpinning theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of human rights, with particular focus on the universality of such rights. The module will then move on to analyse and evaluate some key mechanisms for the protection of rights and whether and to what extent models of social justice are reflected within these.  The module will conclude by exploring the practical implications of this area of law for students who seek to make a difference to the world through their developed critical understanding of the subject.

Market-led Organisational Change 20

Market-led Strategic Change will enable students to investigate and consider a range of contemporary marketing drivers. Change drivers are evolving, and practitioners will need to be able to recognise new influences on strategic marketing as they advance through their careers. Contemporary topics include transformative marketing, the fourth industrial revolution, sustainability marketing, social marketing and digital marketing. Using the tools, models and frameworks of market-led-strategic change, students will devise and create new market-driven strategies to leapfrog customers with superior value over competition. Finally, students will critically reflect on their role as a leader of market-led strategic change.

Research Methods in Business 20

This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools required to develop and undertake research in any area of business. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, and select research methods using secondary and/or primary sources appropriate to particular research questions, relating these to existing business theories.

The module provides the foundation for further development of research skills through a dissertation by independent study.

Dissertation* 40

The dissertation enables students to specialise in an area of interest by conducting an independent, in-depth research project, guided by research-active tutors. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, conduct research using secondary and/or primary sources and analyse their findings in relation to existing business theories.

The dissertation is of interest to potential future employers, demonstrating critical abilities, research expertise and business knowledge. It can also prompt student interest in conducting further research, whether in a consultancy role or in continued academic research at PhD level.

*Students will choose either the Dissertation or the Consultancy Project module.

Consultancy Project* 40

In this module students undertake a sustainability and social justice consultancy project for a client organisation. Students are expected to undertake research into an issue related to sustainability and social justice, and to develop conclusions and recommendations that are intended to benefit the client organisation and perhaps the sector as a whole. By this stage of the programme students will have developed a good understanding of the place of sustainability and social justice in a variety of contexts and this client project is a good opportunity to apply what has been learnt in a real-life situation. The project focuses on the rapid collection and assimilation of data in order to gain a detailed understanding of the client organisation’s needs and their issues. This is essential in any work-based assignment regardless of the nature of the work or the functional area of expertise being applied. Students will be expected to interact with the organisation as if it were a real commercial relationship which will include recording activities and reporting to the client. By the end of the project, students should have developed a set of skills that they can apply in a consistent, professional and confident manner.

*Students will choose either the Dissertation or the Consultancy Project module.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2022 Course Tuition Fees

UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,900
Part-time entry | £3,450 p/a

Total Cost | £6,900

International Students

Full-time entry | £14,100
Part-time entry | £7,050 p/a

Total Cost | £14,100


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.


Printing and Binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Students studying MA Reconciliation or MA Reconciliation and Peacebuilding may be eligible for a bursary.

Key course details

Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or international equivalent.
On campus, Winchester