An overview of the MSc in Global Strategy and Sustainability programme structure, including details of the course information for semester 1 and semester 2.

Teaching and Learning 2021–22

For the academic year starting in September 2021, we currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching. Our teaching model will depend on the Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time but we are planning on the basis that all students will be with us in Edinburgh.

More Information on Teaching in 2021–22

This programme runs for one academic year, starting in mid-September and ending in August. At the start of the programme, you study compulsory courses. These are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built and ensure a common basis of knowledge across the different areas. Some of these may be during Semester 1 and others Semester 2, more details will follow soon.

A comprehensive Welcome Week provides an introduction to the programme, the School, and the University. Designed to be both informative and fun, it enables you to get acquainted with your classmates.

Through the selection of various option courses, you can tailor your studies towards your career interests.

Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year’s learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.

The information below gives you an idea of the planned courses and structure of the programme. The exact details of timings for courses across Semester 1 and 2 is likely to be confirmed in April 2022 prior to the programme starting in September 2022.

Compulsory Courses

  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Dissertation
  • Global Strategy
  • Responsible Management of Digital Innovation
  • Sustainability in Context
  • Strategic Sustainability Consulting Projects
  • Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods

Option Courses*

You will be required to choose 2–3 option courses

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Developing Knowledge-Based Business
  • Digital Transformation and Digital Business
  • Global Creative Industries
  • Innovation in China: From Emerging Economy to Global Powerhouse
  • Organising for Social Change: Strategy, Governance, and Innovation

*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.

The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued, or replaced.

Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.