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MSc Management for a Sustainable Future

Position yourself and your organisation to succeed in the face of the emerging challenges of the present and future. Be a skilled and adaptable leader, able to bring out the best in people and understand how a sustainable approach to business can bring new opportunities. This distance learning course is an innovative alternative to a traditional MBA and will equip you with the skills to lead and succeed.

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Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

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Entry requirements

A degree or an equivalent professional or non-standard award and/or appropriate and relevant experience

For international students, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is required

Entry to the programme is flexible with three entry points each year - typically January, May and September

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UCAS institution code P63

Duration Two years part-time distance learning

Any questions about postgraduate study at Marjon?

Contact Rachel Bailey-Lewis, our Student Recruitment Officer (Postgraduate).

Course Summary

Businesses and organisations are facing new challenges, and we are all experiencing times of unprecedented change. 

This course shapes you to be a skilled and adaptable leader:

  • Learn how you and your business can respond to new challenges, and how to lead change.
  • Gain insight into how a sustainable approach to business can bring new opportunities.
  • Look to the future, with a focus on the development of practical management skills.
  • Focus on developing your potential in leadership, strategy and communication.

Fully accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this course is an innovative alternative to a traditional MBA, which will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to succeed in a variety of professional settings. These include small and medium-sized enterprises, larger organisations, public-sector, and not-for-profits.

As this course is CMI accredited, graduates from the programme will be awarded a Level 7 Diploma in ‘Strategic Management and Leadership Practice’ from the CMI in addition to their MSc Management for a Sustainable Future. In addition, graduates will be awarded Foundation Chartered Manager status with the CMI, with the opportunity to work towards full Chartered Manager status.

The programme enables all students to enrol and participate fully from anywhere in the world using a phone, tablet or computer. You’ll be able to share your learning experiences with other Marjon students and your tutor through online discussion forums and activities. You'll have access to high quality learning resources and to the University’s extensive digital library. You'll also benefit from full access to the CMI’s ManagementDirect online learning resources, including articles, e-books and videos, which are available 24/7.

Every student has a personal tutor, who is on hand to help with any questions or concerns that you may have. Your tutor will guide you through your studies, and will provide you with detailed feedback as you progress through the course. There will be collaborative learning opportunities with your tutor and fellow students throughout the course.

The course is designed to fit around your job and your other commitments. Each module takes three months to complete and you can proceed at your own pace. You should allow up to 12-15 hours each week to devote to study during term times, but this could be at weekends or during the evenings.

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Welcome to the Management for a Sustainable Future program. Driven by the inherent risks in society and the need to alter our path to a sustainable future, it really is no longer business as usual. Integral to this master's program is the understanding that the future is not something that happens to us, but rather something which we co-create. There are many models, frameworks, and methodologies we could choose to follow when thinking about designing and enabling change. That process of thinking and challenging is exactly what this course is designed for.

The scale and extent of social and environmental challenges that face business, may be viewed as opportunities to really rethink what value is being created and for whom? Our aim is to help you become effective managers and business leaders that can take new directions, and can embrace new opportunities along with more sustainable and inclusive economic models.

Why this course at Marjon?

A flexible schedule that supports the needs of busy professionals

Gain insights into how a sustainable approach to business can bring new opportunities

Fully accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

High quality learning materials are accessible on your mobile device

Outstanding tutor support from your personal tutor and expert lecturers in business and sustainability

Learn at your own pace

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

During the first stage of the programme you will gain an understanding of the key global societal, technological and cultural challenges to successful and sustainable business. You will progress to studying Sustainable Finance and Strategy and the Circular Economy. The second stage examines the leadership of change and innovation, including strategic people leadership and ethical leadership. You will develop the skills required to lead change in complex business environments with a range of stakeholders. In the final module, you will develop strategic plans, business change programmes and look at improvements in sustainable business performance. Finally, you will have the opportunity to design, plan, and conduct your own Strategic Management Project based on a topic of your own choice.
Dr Richard Thain - Director of Learning Solutions and Innovation

1st Year

Challenging the future
Understand the key global societal, technological and cultural challenges to successful and sustainable business.
Sustainable finance & strategy
Explore both conventional and innovative commercial business strategies and practice, including the Circular Economy.
Enabling leadership
The leadership of change and innovation, including strategic people leadership, leadership of self, and ethical leadership. Demonstrate an understanding and application of the skills required to lead change in complex business environments with a range of stakeholders.

2nd Year

Creating and sustaining value
Apply systems-thinking in the development of strategic plans, formulate commercially sound business change programmes and improve sustainable business performance.
Strategic management project
Design, plan, and conduct a strategic management project based on a topic of your own choice. This can be relevant to your own professional business practice or relate to a strategic issue identified within a wider business organisation.

This course is perfect if you're curious about

Promoting responsible business practices?

The principles of sustainable and values-led business?

Building a practical capability for strategic value creation?

Helping business respond and adapt to new and emerging global challenges?

Creating and sustaining value?

Leading and managing change?

Marjon has worked with Cornwall Chamber of Commerce for many years. Their practical, results-oriented, flexible courses make it very appropriate for Cornwall’s small businesses. The new MSc in Sustainable Management is a perfect example of an accessible course meeting the ambitions of many businesses.
Kim Conchie - CEO of Cornwall Chamber

What might you become?

A Masters’ degree can enable career progression in a highly competitive marketplace and promote career mobility. Holders of a Masters’ degree can expect to demonstrate flexible and transferable skills such as high levels of initiative, leadership, and mastery of a subject area. Marjon graduates are well placed to differentiate themselves and go on to progress their careers in a variety of settings, including small and medium-sized enterprises, larger organisations, public-sector, and not-for-profits.



Chartered Management Institute

CMI is one of the leading bodies in the UK for leadership and management. You'll earn their Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice and Foundation Chartered Manager status alongside your degree, at no extra cost to you and requiring no additional assessments.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

The programme is delivered entirely online. The taught component of this programme is carefully structured to facilitate your ability to learn flexibly and independently, and you will learn through a structured series of online lectures, webinars, tutorials, core and recommended reading, websites, and videos. Each student is assigned a tutor who will be in available throughout the course, to guide you through the teaching and learning materials, and provide advice and feedback on assessments.

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed in several ways including reports, case studies, presentations and engagement with peers. There are no written exams but there is a fixed assessment date for coursework at the end of each module.

There is an opportunity to undertake a Strategic Management Project and a Strategic Consultancy Project, where you will explore an aspect of business practice or strategy in detail, solving problems and making recommendations that can be applied in practice.

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Dr Richard Thain

Course leader

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Richard has 20 years’ of experience in higher education, designing award-winning distance learning programmes which have been delivered to students in over 60 countries. He has founded a successful start-up, and has spent 5 years as the CEO of an SME. He has a passion for inclusivity in education, a sustainable approach to life and business, and for providing an outstanding student experience.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £10,500

Fees for International students: £10,500

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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More information

This programme brings together leading academics together with experienced business, sustainability and leadership practitioners:

Nigel Moody is an experienced and independent professional business consultant specialising in learning and development, business performance improvement and change. He works extensively in the fields of performance coaching, executive mentoring and outplacement with clients including HM Government and large multi-nationals both in UK, mainland Europe and beyond. Nigel also works with Cranfield school of Management and is a Visiting Fellow at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Sybille Schiffmann has over 18 years of experience, both leading and supporting successful Organizational Change and Organizational Development programmes, as well as extensive experience working with senior executives, boards and extended leadership teams, facilitating strategy development, change process interventions, providing executive coaching, leadership and team development. Sybille has also been leading commercial leadership and social enterprise programmes in a Higher Education environment.

Monty Mountford OBE is a former Army Officer, with 31 years’ of experience of leadership and management in complex, dynamic environments.  A fellow of the CMI and a Chartered Manager, he is also a lecturer at De Montford University Leicester.

Dr Lynne Wyness has 25 years of teaching experience in secondary, further and higher education. She has managed a pedagogic research programme and helped colleagues from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to develop their own research projects to promote change. Lynne has a PhD in Human Geography and an MSc in Sustainable Development, and has numerous peer-reviewed publications on sustainability topics.

Dr Gregory Borne is an interdisciplinary social scientist with an emphasis on sustainability. He has worked for international organisations such as United Nations as well as organisations in the government, education and third sectors. He is the author of four books on different components of sustainability. Greg is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as well as the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

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