MSc Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Start date
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
For 2024-2025:
£16,290 (Home)
£31,410 (International)
MSc Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Birmingham

Put your ideas into action and shape the future of socially and environmentally responsible business by studying our Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship MSc.

After decades of global setbacks on the sustainable development and climate action agenda, businesses and governments face growing pressure to engage in sustainable and responsible business practices at international, national, and local levels.  

It is more important than ever that business professionals of tomorrow can lead the transition towards responsible and sustainable business development through their expertise in innovative sustainability and entrepreneurship.  

Who is this course for?

This specialist course is ideal for those with a passion for sustainability who want to develop their business expertise and make positive change.  

Why study this course at Birmingham?

  • You will take part in a week-long bootcamp at the start of the course. The bootcamp will set the scene for the following modules through hands-on learning which is a key feature of the course. This is also an opportunity to come together with your new colleagues on the course and develop a sense of community with your peers. 
  • You will benefit from support in developing your career from the University of Birmingham Business Incubator (UoB Elevate) which is exclusive to innovative University of Birmingham students and graduate start-ups.  
  • You will be part of a small cohort on this focused, specialist programme, allowing you to develop a closer relationship with experts, staff, and fellow students.  
  • The course focuses on real global challenges with an emphasis on solutions through ethical and sustainable business practices. Find out how we are working for a responsible future at Birmingham.

Discover our unique scholarship offers

Students walking on University campusAt Birmingham Business School we offer a wide variety of scholarships for our new MSc students in 2024.

These awards are available to both UK and international applicants and range in value from partial to full tuition fee support.

Find out more about our scholarship offers


The Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship MSc has been designed with industry experts from sustainable business, social enterprises, and social entrepreneurs to ensure you develop the critical knowledge and skills needed to tackle complex, sustainable innovations and entrepreneurial challenges. 

You will be supported to develop your sustainable innovation and entrepreneurial career aspirations and address a range of issues and challenges, such as the drive towards net zero, carbon negativity and equality, diversity & inclusion.

Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024.

Core modules

Optional taught modules

Choose one of the following:

Research module

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


Fees for 2024 - 2025

  • £16,290 (UK)
  • £31,410 (International)

Please note that you will be required to pay a £50 non-refundable application fee for all of the above courses.


  • For information on scholarships you may be eligible to apply for, please use our PG Funding Database.
  • For further information on programme fees and information please visit our Fees and Financing page.
  • Business School Scholarships may be available, find out more about our scholarships.

Additional Course Costs

  • In addition to the Tuition Fees you will need to consider accommodation, living expenses and daily costs. You can find financial advice and support on our Finance pages.
  • For information on our accommodation and services, including the support we offer to students wanting to rent privately, please visit the Accommodation pages.

Questions about funding? Use our Student Help knowledge base to find the answer.

How To Apply

30 June 2024 is the application deadline for international students applying through the student route who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2024 made after this date. The deadline for Home students is 30 August 2024.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

In order to be considered, applicants will have or should be expecting to achieve an Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) in any subject.

Applicants who demonstrate being able to exceed the minimum entry requirements will be given preference.

Find out more about entry requirements

International Requirements

International Students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band).

  • IELTS 7.0 with no less that 6.5 in any band
  • TOEFL: 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 76 with no less than 67 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced or Proficiency – minimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component

If you are currently studying at a Chinese university, please view our specific entry requirements including our list of acceptable universities for further study at Birmingham.

English Presessional Programmes 

If you’re looking to improve your knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for studying at Birmingham, our pre-sessional English courses are for you. If you have a conditional offer, you can take one of these courses as an alternative to retaking IELTS or other similar qualifications. Find out more 

A high-class learning environment

Students outside the Alan Walters BuildingAs a postgraduate student, you will have access to our award-winning £10 million postgraduate teaching space, the Alan Walters Building. This will provide you with access to facilities of the highest quality, including a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, dedicated computer clusters and seminar rooms as well as communal areas for studying and group work, which look out over the University's ambitious Green Heart development, which was completed in 2019.

Assessment Methods

Assessments focus on real-world challenges and help you to develop self-confidence to deal with the global investment and finance communities. Assessment methods include a combination of case studies, participative exercises, interactive lectures, presentations, written exams and group projects.


Excellent career prospects

Whether you want to make a difference at an established organisation or launch your own business, you will leave Birmingham perfectly placed to meet the increasing global demand for sustainable business innovation. We also provide ongoing careers support for international students who wish to work in the UK after graduation.  

You may choose to become a Start-up Entrepreneur in:

  • Social enterprise
  • Charity sector
  • Start-up companies

Or you may choose to take a role in the public, private or charity sectors where there is high demand for graduates who can conduct research, analyse information and formulate and execute programmes of activity. 

Top roles in sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship include: 

  • Climate Change Analyst
  • Associate Consultant
  • Business Development Officer
  • Project Manager


In addition to having access to business incubation support through Uob Elevate, you can also access tailored start-up support and take part in initiatives to help make your ideas happen with B-Enterprising, Careers Network’s dedicated programme for entrepreneurs.

Find out more

BBS Careers and Careers Network

As a Birmingham Business School student, you will also benefit from two award-winning Careers teams.  

Careers Network is the University of Birmingham careers and employability team offering: career fairs, employer events with top firms across the UK, start-up and entrepreneurial activities, and support. Internships and bursaries are also available exclusively to University of Birmingham students.   

BBS Careers is a dedicated service for Birmingham Business School students. The team provides guidance, support, and work experience opportunities, tailored to business school students, to help you succeed during and after university. We offer workshops, alumni and employer events, and 1-to-1 consultations. These will help you to develop your skills and learn how to submit high-quality internship and graduate applications.  

BBS Careers is one of a few, if not the only business school career service to offer life-long support.  

We are here to support you! Whether you are applying for postgraduate end-of-study internship, a graduate job, or applying for a management role five years after graduation.  

Visit the BBS website for more details