On the MSc in Global Strategy and Sustainability you will have the opportunity to work with industry and business professionals in a variety of ways such as through guest lectures, company sponsored dissertations, and career exploration treks.

This programme is closely linked with industry through a group consultancy project and leverages the University’s existing strengths in the sustainability domain — particularly its Centre for Business, Climate Change, and Sustainability (B-CCaS) and Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) and their related industry and government networks.

Group consultancy project

During your MSc you will take a course which involves a consultancy project; this involves working closely with companies or businesses as part of a team to assist with a real-life active project.

In most cases, the client will ask you to write a report which you will research and develop during the taught component of the course. You will also develop your presentation and discussion skills as you present your findings back to the business.

Topics range from broad, strategic issues to more specialised business matters related to environmental sustainability, diversity, and social impact. Your group will have to work together to produce clear and practical recommendations while meeting deadlines.

Company sponsored dissertations

A company sponsored dissertation (CSD) involves a student carrying out an authoritative piece of work on a business or management issue identified by a project client.

The work will typically take an in-depth look into a defined research area and result in a substantial report containing extensive research, rigorous analysis and practical conclusions.


  • Real project defined by a company's business needs
  • Enhances your technical skills, also developing further transferable skills
  • Gain an insight into the sponsoring company
  • You get to network and raise your profile
  • Enhances employability and adds to your CV

Career and Employability Treks

We provide students with the opportunity to visit organisations and engage with industry and business professionals in their own environments.

Please note: Treks may be in and around Edinburgh or further afield and may have limited places


  • Developing your knowledge of an industry, sector, or geographical location in order to make informed career choices
  • Get a feel for the culture, people, and values of specific companies
  • Build your network of industry professionals and alumni

Read our Student Blog about attending a Career and Employability Treks in 2022/23

Guest lecturers

Within modules of the programme our academic team bring in senior figures from relevant international organisations to talk about specific subject matter and its application to real world working challenges.

These lectures are followed by the opportunity to network further with the speaker and gain valuable career insight and advice from experienced professionals.

Potential Organisations that will feature as part of guest lectures for this programme:

  • abrdn plc
  • Accenture
  • CDC Group
  • Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
  • Ernst & Young
  • European Central Bank
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KPMG
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Revolut
  • Santander