Course Description

MSc. International Sustainable Business

The MSc International Sustainable Business is a new innovative programme, offered by the College of Business & Law at UCC. This unique programme will equip business and non-business graduates with in-depth, practical knowledge of global business disciplines, combining managerial and strategic skills to influence and lead sustainable global businesses. We envisage that graduates of our International Sustainable Business programme will be future drivers of positive change.

As a student of this programme, you will learn the tools, knowledge and frameworks to carefully reflect on, and better manage, the tensions between profit, people and planet for decision making within international businesses. You will do this through your choice of focussed pathway either Sustainable International Management and Strategy or Sustainable Business.

In this programme you will assess business cases within complex and multidimensional global business markets and environments learning how to help businesses develop strategic responses across a range of activities and markets.

Our modules are designed to equip you with the skills to be a positive force within business and society to contribute to a resilient and inclusive future for all and to align business strategies with ethical responsibilities, including Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We achieve this by examining, formulating, and shaping global business solutions for a sustainable future.

The MSc programme is designed in the context of UCC’s Connected Curriculum. Opportunities for leadership, industry engagement, and professional development are integrated within the curriculum. This is an excellent opportunity for those of you who want to complement your degree with business skills, broadening your skillset in a way that adds value to global organisations, and who are interested in developing innovative strategies and business models that answer our global sustainability challenges.


Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I (60 credits)

  • BU6012 Business Professional Skills (5 credits)
  • BU6013 Responsible Leadership for a Global World (5 credits)
  • BU6014 Global Markets and Trade (5 credits)
  • MG6415 Ethics and Sustainability (5 credits)
  • FE6305 Contemporary Socio-Economic and Environmental Issues (5 credits)
  • EC6621 Strategy for Global Business (5 credits)
  • BU6015 Research Methods Module (5 credits)
  • BU6016 Quantitative Research Methods (5 credits)

Elective Modules

Choose 20 credits from either the Responsible International Management and Strategy pathway or the Sustainable Business pathway:

Responsible International Management and Strategy Pathway (20 credits)

  • MG6834 International Business and Strategy (5 credits)
  • MG6833 International Market Entry Strategies (5 credits)
  • MG6337 International Human Resources Management (5 credits)
  • MG6407 International Marketing and Practice (5 credits)

Sustainable Business Pathway (20 credits)

  • EC6077 Ecological Economics and Sustainability Policies (5 credits)
  • EC6078 Business Practices for a Circular Economies (5 credits)
  • EC6079 Green Investment Strategies (5 credits)
  • EC6080 Environmental Regulation and Compliance Management (5 credits)

Part II (30 credits)

  • BU6017 International Sustainable Business Report (ISBR) (30 credits)
Exit award: Postgraduate Diploma in International Sustainable Business. (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)

Students who pass taught modules to the value of 60 credits in Part I, may opt to exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in International Sustainable Business.

CollegeCork University Business School (CUBS), UCC
Course LocationCork
Course CategoryInternational Business, Business
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding BodyUCC
Awarding Body DetailsMSc
Course Start Date9th September 2024
Course End Date31st August 2025
Course Duration12 Months FT/ 2 years PT
Course TimeThe MSc International Sustainable Business may be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months from the date of first registration for the programme. The programme culminates in the writing of an International Sustainable Business Report where you will demonstrate an application of concepts and frameworks to an actual business situation facing an international business. This approach will demonstrate how you can translate your learning into practice to develop responsible, sustainable, and ethical solutions. An academic advisor from your pathway will provide guidance and advice in developing your report. We have a dedicated expert teaching team drawn from across the business school. We adopt where possible the principles of universal design to learning. We emphasise the connection between students, learning, research, global business, and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff from the College of Business and Law are at the forefront of these integrative approaches to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between disciplines such as business, economics, management and marketing, food business, information systems, and finance. Our learning approach combines lectures, projects, real-life case studies, seminars, group discussions, and presentations along with individual and group reports. Seminars are also provided by visiting speakers from global public and private sector organisations
Course Fee10,640
Entry RequirementsApplicants must normally have a Second Class Honours Grade 1 (GPA 3.25 out of 4.0) in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in any discipline or equivalent. Applicants who achieve a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) but meet all other requirements will be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on a case-by-case basis.
Carear PathThis innovative course aims to develop your skills for employment as a responsible business leader, as well as provide the foundations for undertaking further study. You will work in teams on real business challenges with a sustainability focus developed with global business players. Our students can choose between two focussed pathways: one that emphasises internalisation and responsible business leadership, and another that equips students to lead in the development of sustainable business models to address the climate change agenda. You will learn from expert academics and leading industry professionals on how to better embed sustainability into international businesses. Ultimately the MSc International Sustainable Business endeavours to create a cohort of business-ready graduates. A strong emphasis is placed on employment and career search via workshops on interview techniques, skills analysis, CV presentation, and job applications. We will provide our students with key skills in sustainable business management – skills that are in high demand in today's job market. MSc International Sustainable Business embraces the importance of sustainability, responsibility, and an ethical approach to international business. The skills developed on the MSc course include: Leadership, organisational, interpersonal, team-working and strategic decision-making skills Competencies in sustainable business practices Working to deadlines producing analyses, reports, and presentations to professional standards Ability to interpret and analyse data Application of frameworks and concepts to the global business world Research project design, implementation and management Examples of jobs our graduates are expected to gain employment in include Global Business Strategists, Business Consultants, Sustainability Managers, CSR managers, ESG Analysts, Regulators, and Policymakers.
Course CodeMSCISU
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