Corporate Social Responsibility course PgCert/PgDip/MSc

MSc Corporate Social Responsibility

1. Overview

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – the nature of the relationship between corporates, governments and communities has become increasingly significant as all parties become aware of the potential positive (or negative) impacts of businesses on the world beyond their immediate and obvious activities.

This MSc is designed to enable students to apply ways of thinking about CSR to local and global industries such as telecoms, finance, commodities trading and the extractive industries. Incorporating the study of a diverse array of local to global factors, the course assists students in grasping the complexities of the contemporary issues and challenges facing a variety of sectors and their role in development alongside governments and third sector organisations.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify problems facing companies under the umbrella of social responsibility;
  • Draw upon a range of sources to generate solutions to these problems;
  • Apply conceptual frameworks in order to enhance understanding about the impacts of corporate policies;
  • Recognise and reconcile the competing demands of corporate policies and stakeholder interests;
  • Forecast the positive and negative impact of policies and actions in a manner that reduces corporate risk;
  • Demonstrate the value of CSR in order to better inform decision-making.

The course offers student two exit routes:

  • MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Energy); or
  • MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Sustainable Development)

Download a PDF of this course

MSc Corporate Social Responsibility Leaflet (PDF 192KB)

2. What you will study

Core modules on the course will cover a variety of issues connected to corporate social responsibility, including international standards and regulations, managing local content, the Global Compact, stakeholder engagement strategies and the triple bottom line in corporate sustainability. Also covered will be issues such as supply chain management, building value through value chain analysis and effective monitoring and evaluation approaches.

Modules specific to the two different exit routes will cover the following:


Those undertaking the energy route will examine the relationship of energy to issues around global and national security and conflict management. The impact of energy on health from the perspective of those both working inside the energy sector and those outside it who are affected by its operations will also be studied.

Those undertaking the sustainable development route will examine the impact of globalisation on communities, how to manage community development projects and developing leadership skills.

All students will study research design and methodology in preparation for the dissertation. This aspect of the course will focus on understanding the skills and techniques most suitable for use in the workplace and students will be encouraged to undertake a work based dissertation where appropriate.

After completion of 120 credits students can exit with:

  • PgDip Corporate Social Responsibility (with Energy) or
  • PgDip Corporate Social Responsibility (with Sustainable Development)

After completion of 60 credits students can exit with a PgCert Corporate Social Responsibility

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

A combination of lectures, seminars, on-line discussions, webinars and self-directed study.

The flexible nature of the course means that you will be able to pursue issues relating to CSR that are relevant and appropriate to your interests, experience and future career ambitions.

Examples of Student Projects:

  • Working with a local firm to analyse and consolidate their socially responsible practices.
  • Assessing the potential for CSR to help with peace building amongst communities in Uganda.
  • Analysing the impact of Local Content policies on CSR carried out by oil and gas companies.
  • Assessing the impact of stakeholder engagement in Ghana.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of community engagement connected to a major energy project in Peterhead.
  • Developing best practice for CSR for national government policy making in Liberia.

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject area, and demonstrate an interest and understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility, in the University course application form.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Student Funding

Scholarships

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information:

Social Work and Social Science Scholarships

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,410 Stage 1:
  • £3,410 Stage 2:
  • £2,280 Stage 3:

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £7,160 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,120 entire course

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,310 Stage 1:
  • £3,310 Stage 2:
  • £2,200 Stage 3:

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £6,950 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £10,800 entire course

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,100 Stage 1:
  • £3,100 Stage 2:
  • £1,960 Stage 3:

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £6,950 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,500 entire course

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,560 Stage 1:
  • £3,560 Stage 2:
  • £2,380 Stage 3:

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £6,950 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,500 entire course

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,565 Stage 1: (2014-15 starts)
  • £3,565 Stage 2: 2014-15 starts
  • £2,370 Stage 3: 2014-15 starts

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £6,950 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £9,500 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,150 Stage 1
  • £3,150 Stage 2
  • £2,630 Stage 3

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £7,950 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £8,930 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Full-time

  • £8,930 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,150 Stage 1
  • £3,150 Stage 2
  • £2,630 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £8,930 entire course

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

8. Prospects

A variety of potential careers are open to students graduating from this course and former students have gone on to devise and manage the CSR strategies of national governments, to manage sustainability issues in multinational corporations, to work in corporate communications and PR and to doctoral studies to name just a few.

Developing the skills taught on this course enables graduates to help companies extend their appreciation of the environments they operate in, in order to better inform corporate decision-making and manage attendant uncertainties and risks. The student learning experience is directed towards achieving this, cultivating in students the necessary academic learning so that they graduate with employable, desirable skills and/or the ability to pursue further research opportunities within international contexts.

9. Assessment

Assessment methods include written coursework in the form of essays, case studies and reports, contribution based assessment of online participation and a research project.

10. Meet your course leader

Sarah Buckler

Sarah is a social anthropologist with specialist interests in the anthropology of arts and creativity, community and organisational development, interaction and identity. She has worked extensively throughout the UK on arts based projects and projects with minority communities and has acted as advisor on a number of government funded schemes and initiatives requiring an understanding of community dynamics.

Sarah has recently extended her field of interest to West Africa where she has recently been carrying out research into potential development projects involving NGOs, transnational corporations and government ministries.

View Dr Sarah Buckler's staff profile

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Start Date

September

Course Length

Full time 1 year / Distance learning 3 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time on campus /Part-time distance learning

Academic School
School of Applied Social Studies

Case Study

  1. "Facilities comparable to any top university in the world"

    "My choice for Postgraduate study at Robert Gordon University was driven by the fact that the MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Energy programme has numerous world-class researchers."

    Francis Xavier Tuokuu Corporate Social Responsibility course PgCert/PgDip/MSc

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