MSc Sustainable Finance and Accounting

University of Sussex Business School
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MSc Sustainable Finance and Accounting

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 have the opportunity to explore policies on sustainability development in the corporate world.

We also offer this MSc with an optional professional placement year.

Admission requirements

UK requirements

Degree requirements

You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject which has a basic coverage of accounting and finance. Candidates with degrees in economics, business or management will also be considered on a case by case basis. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core modules

Autumn teaching

  • Accounting, Organisations and Society
  • Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
  • Sustainable Business Finance
  • Sustainable Development: Politics and Policies

Spring teaching

  • Accountability and Ethics
  • Climate Finance
  • Research Methods for Accounting and Finance

Summer teaching

  • Research Project (MSc Sustainable Finance and Accounting)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Home students: £12,750 per year for full-time students
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £12,750 per year for full-time students
  • International students: £22,500 per year for full-time students

Career paths

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 manager
  • 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.

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At the University of Sussex Business School, we seek to address some of the key challenges facing the modern world, from climate change to the evolving world of work. The current range and quality of our expertise places us at...

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