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Our Planet is facing a ‘Climate Emergency’. Climate Change is the greatest environmental challenge the world has ever faced. Man-made carbon emissions have resulted in unprecedented rises in global temperatures, which is having significant impacts on human, social, political, economic and natural systems. The relationship between climate change and society is highly complex, however, we have the knowledge and the technology to reduce our impact on the climate, and thus ease the pressures on the world's most vulnerable places, people and wildlife. We just need to make it happen.

Businesses are a key contributor to greenhouse gas emissions; but they are also part of the solution. Climate change thus represents both a risk and an opportunity to business performance. Businesses that do not respond to the climate challenge are likely to face higher costs in terms of carbon taxes and a reduced customer base. In contrast, more progressive businesses, who adapt by decarbonizing and developing green products are likely to increase their financial, social, and environmental performance – their triple Bottom Line.

Course Overview

Why study Business and Climate Change at Aberystwyth University?

The degree in ‘Business and Climate Change’ will prepare students to become future business leaders who tackle climate change head on through the development of meaningful corporate social responsibility strategies and practices. In this degree, you will combine knowledge of the science of climate change with the skills to lead a successful business. The degree explores creative ways for businesses to respond to the challenge and opportunities of the current climate crisis and it will equip you with relevant subject specific knowledge alongside the inter-disciplinary, interpersonal skills and attributes needed to create a more just and sustainable world. If your trajectory involves having a positive impact on your world, this scheme will set you securely on that rewarding journey.

Students studying Business and Climate Change at Aberystwyth will:

  • Develop a distinct inter-disciplinary approach to how businesses account for, and respond to, climate change
  • Analyse the causes and consequence of climate change and environmental degradation, in particular from a business perspective
  • Study organisations, their management and the changing external environment (including climate change) in which they operate. The programme covers a wide range of organisations, including public, private and not-for-profit, and focuses on the key functional areas of management at both the strategic and operational levels
  • Prepare for a career in business and management, including the development of a range of specific business knowledge and skills, together with improved self-awareness and personal development appropriate to graduates with the potential to progress into leadership positions. The programme encourages the development of positive and critical attitudes towards change and enterprise
  • Enhance lifelong learning skills and personal development to contribute to society at large
  • Develop and enhance a range of general transferable intellectual and study skills, which whilst being highly appropriate to careers in business and management, are not exclusive to these career choices
  • Develop business graduates with an appreciation of social responsibilities, including in the area of climate change.
Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Modules September start - 2024

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation * AB35540 40
Organizational Psychology AB35420 20
Strategic Leadership * AB35120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Crisis Writing WR31820 20
Digital Business: Leadership and Management AB35220 20
Environmental Economics AB33220 20
Gender, Conflict and Security IP36720 20
Global Biodiversity Conservation BR33420 20
Global Logistics AB35320 20
Global Politics and the Refugee Regime IQ35520 20
Marketing and Digital Marketing Communication AB37120 20
Population and Community Ecology BR33920 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

Below is an indicative list of modules that you may study on this course.

Year 1:
In your first year, you will develop a strong foundation of business subjects, including modules on data analytics, management, marketing, economics, accounting and finance. These will be combined with innovative modules that investigate the science of climate and the impacts, perceptions and adaptations to climate change.

Year 2:
Your second year will further build on your knowledge of business management and will include modules on: human resource management, corporate governance, operations and supply chain management. You will also develop a deeper understanding of climate change issues through interdisciplinary modules on the governance of climate change. A research methods module will provide you with the research skills to integrate your knowledge from across different disciplines to address business responses to climate change. Finally, option modules will allow you to develop specialist knowledge on business and climate change issues.

Year 3:
Your final year will focus on further developing your business leadership skills with modules on strategic leadership and organisational psychology. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of business management and climate change modules to suit your learning and professional needs. Drawing on the knowledge that you have acquired throughout your studies, your final year dissertation will provide you with an opportunity to research in detail an issue relating to how businesses are impact by, or respond to, the challenges of the climate crisis.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 96

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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