Corporate Social Responsibility

Robert Gordon University


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 course 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.

The course offers student two exit routes: MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Energy); or
MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (with Sustainable Development)

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.

You can exit after Stage 1 with PgCert Corporate Social Responsibility

You can exit after Stage 2 with PgDip Corporate Social Responsibility

Entry Requirements

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.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


School of Applied Social Studies

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

Arts and Social Sciences General