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Sustainable Finance and Accounting MSc

University of Sussex

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Sussex

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Environmental, social and governance issues are now a major factor in investment. This creates rapid growth in accounting and finance careers with a specific focus on sustainability.

This MSc is designed in line with recommendations by major professional bodies, including Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI). On this course, you’ll:

  • expand your skills in environmental accounting, corporate governance, and climate and green finance
  • explore the role of accounting and finance in the growing integration of sustainability and accountability practices
  • develop valuable skills, including breaking down complex problems, decision-making under uncertainty, intercultural communication, and awareness of the business context.

You’ll be taught by world-class researchers and enthusiastic teachers in the University of Sussex Business School. Our research strengths are:

  • corporate reporting and sustainability, governance, and social responsibility
  • climate finance
  • energy policy.

Benefitting from the expertise at our SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, you’ll also can explore policies on sustainability development in the corporate world.


The course looks at the global nature of sustainability in the context of accounting and finance.

You’ll understand the role of accounting and finance in meeting the key challenges surrounding sustainability development goals, climate finance, environmental reporting, and corporate governance. You’ll be prepared for rewarding and socially beneficial employment in sustainability-related accounting and finance roles.

As a graduate, you can pursue careers in a wide range of sectors. This could include roles in local and national government, NGOs, global organisations, business, and industry, such as:

  • ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) analyst, or transparency and ESG reporting manage
  • sustainability reporting manager
  • sustainable debt analyst or sustainable innovation associate.

This degree can also be helpful to get into research roles in climate finance or early career roles in sustainability management.

Application deadline

01 September 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 22,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Sussex

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  • Campus address

    University of Sussex, Sussex House, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN1 9RH, England

The city of Brighton & Hove is world famous for its openness and inclusivity. The city is only one hour from London and 30 minutes from Gatwick airport.
With world-leading development courses and highly regarded business programmes, Sussex has a reputation for expertise in sustainability and innovation.
A university with an international reputation, Sussex welcomes students to its friendly community of academics and students of over 150 nationalities.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 105 4

    48th out of 71 21

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    139 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    139 69%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58.0 58%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%



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