7 Reasons to Study Sustainable Business Leadership Online

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Designed and delivered by expert academics from Leeds University Business School and the School of Earth and Environment, our inspiring distance learning MSc/PGCert is one of few online courses that integrates the two areas of sustainability and business, tackling highly contemporary issues at the cutting-edge of research.

In this blog, we explore seven reasons to study Sustainable Business Leadership online with the University of Leeds.

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1. Grow your business sustainability knowledge

By choosing to study Sustainable Business Leadership online, you’ll develop the ability to critically assess the relationship between organisations, the environment and society.

You’ll appreciate the challenges and opportunities sustainability poses for companies whilst enhancing your understanding through a series of modules. These include:

  • Sustainability and Business
  • Policy, Governance and Sustainability
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Leadership for Change
  • Decision Making in a Complex World
  • Enterprise Innovation and Sustainability
  • Delivering Sustainable Solutions
  • Sustainable Business Strategies
  • Business Analytics
  • Research Project*

*If you are an MSc student, your studies will conclude with a research project where you can showcase your expertise. You can either explore a specific concept in depth or address a business challenge that’s relevant to your employer or of particular interest to you.

2. Develop crucial sustainability skills

You will also gain several sustainability skills that employers are actively seeking including:

  • Critical thinking: creatively identify and challenge assumptions and statements, detect incorrect facts and generalise appropriately.
  • Complex decision-making: apply relevant frameworks and knowledge to identify the need for change and solve complex problems.
  • Communication and collaboration: convey complex ideas and arguments to a variety of stakeholders using appropriate communication methods.

3. Progress to sustainability management roles

An online Sustainable Business Leadership MSc/PGCert is ideal if you have no or limited managerial experience but are looking to upskill to sustainability management level, as the course will help you both challenge and influence organisational approaches to a wide range of contemporary sustainability issues. Alternatively, if you are an experienced manager with a solid working background in business sustainability, the course will help you progress to C-suite level roles and better lead individuals or teams that drive technical solutions for sustainability.

Did you know?

According to Glassdoor, those working at sustainable management level in the UK can earn up to £55,582 per year (as of May 2023).

4. Learn from expert academics

Throughout your studies, you’ll learn from experts in the field of sustainability and business who will share their industry-leading knowledge and experiences. By collaborating with academics, from module tutors at the University of Leeds through to professors and industry professionals, you’ll come to understand effective and forward-thinking approaches to managing sustainability in business. Your module tutors will also offer feedback and support in both lessons and assessments, to help you progress in your studies.

“The course is suitable for people at any stage in their career who want to gain a deeper understanding of sustainability and what their own role might be in driving positive change in society or in their organisation”

Dr Laura Smith Lecturer for Sustainable Business Leadership (online) University of Leeds
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“My involvement has been with the first three foundational modules and in my experience, it’s been a really great opportunity for interaction with the students through various types of online tools such as discussion boards, peer engagement and moderation with the module leaders. There are also weekly webinars where we check in with students, have discussions around certain topics and answer any specific questions”

Dr James Van Alstine Associate Professor in Environmental Policy and Director of Masters Education, University of Leeds
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5. Study online when and where it suits you

Our Sustainable Business Leadership MSc/PGCert enables you to study online when and where it suits you and fit your learning around busy personal and work commitments.

The course is delivered via an award-winning virtual learning environment, Minerva, which has been designed by a team of experts to ensure your online learning experience is of the highest quality and prepares you for success, both academically and professionally.

Each week you will study through virtual face-to-face sessions with our module tutors. With a 100% online delivery mode, you can benefit from the advantages of our world-leading institution from anywhere in the world without the additional cost of overseas living.

6. Work in a rewarding sector

Sustainability is a unique sector that truly allows you to make a difference to the world. Whether you are new to sustainability in business or looking to progress, you will work in a rewarding sector that allows you to make a positive contribution to sustainability and make a meaningful impact in your organisation.

You will be able to support the design, development, implementation, and sustainable management of initiatives in organisations.


7. Access some of the top jobs in sustainability

Once you graduate, you’ll have the skills to tackle sustainability challenges in your organisation from climate change, energy, transport and more.

You can specialise in sustainability data and insights, project management, finance, compliance, or marketing. Study Sustainable Business Leadership to develop your skillset and access some of the top jobs in sustainability.

Study Sustainable Business Leadership online with the University of Leeds

The Sustainable Business Leadership Masters/Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) at the University of Leeds is delivered 100% online, giving you the flexibility to learn whilst working.

Be part of one of the world’s top 75 universities (QS World University Rankings, 2024), with a global reputation for excellence in research and teaching. We are also in the top 5 in the UK and top 20 in the world for sustainable impact (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, 2021).

You’ll learn from two faculties:

Leeds University Business School which is triple accredited and ranked in the world top 70 for Business and Management studies (QS World University Rankings by subject, 2023).

The School of Earth and Environment which is ranked in the global top 20 for Earth and Marine Sciences and top 25 for Environmental Studies (QS World University Rankings by subject, 2023). It’s a major international powerhouse for environmental research that has wide-ranging and positive impacts on the world that we live in.

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