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MSc Sustainability & Responsible Management

MSc Sustainability & Responsible Management

The current global trade environment is posing challenges for responsible companies and organisations. Scarce resources, climate change, financial crises, demographic trends, technological advances and international supply chains demand new management models aimed at preserving competitiveness. Responsible and sustainable ways of doing business require an understanding of complex relationships – thinking out of the box – which in turn opens up new opportunities for managers.

The Sustainability and Responsible Management master programme leaves you ideally placed to meet such challenges. In 2014 the programme won the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy’s Sustainability Award in the teaching and curriculums category.

The University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna is a member of respACT – austrian business council for sustainable development and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The programme’s Academic Director Karin Huber-Heim is a member of the Austrian UN Global Compact Steering Committee. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a core element of the curriculum. You learn how to make the jump from theory to practice by means of a network of contacts to key stakeholders.

MIT Sloan School of Management’s international climate change negotiation simulation is also part of the master programme – it enables all participants to gain first-hand experience of and insight into the dynamics of negotiations with various stakeholder groups.

Programme contents

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are an integral part of the curriculum. You learn how to make the transition from theory to practice and extend your network by forging new contacts to key stakeholders.

Verantwortungsvolle Unternehmensführung

  • Wertemanagement und Ethik
  • Corporate responsibility and compliance
  • Vorsorgeprinzip und Due Diligence

CSR and stakeholder communication

  • Stakeholder theorie, mapping and analysis
  • Sustainability reporting
  • CSR branding

Kernthemen gesellschaftlicher Verantwortung

  • Menschenrechte in der Unternehmenspraxis
  • Clean production, life cycle management and climate protection
  • Responsible supply chain
  • Anti-corruption

Managementmodelle und Standards

  • Internationale CSR-Standards und Normen
  • Risk management
  • Diversity management
  • Energy management/environmental management

Change and transformation

  • Change management
  • Creating shared value
  • Wirkungsmessung von CSR

Rahmenbedingungen für CSR

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Makroökonomischer Rahmen für CSR in Österreich und Europa
  • CSR networks

Personality development

  • Forward-looking personality and resilience
  • Collaboration, cooperation, empowerment: Skills training
  • Workshop-Design, Moderations- und Präsentationstechniken
  • Klimaplanspiel

Zukunftsorientiertes Wirtschaften

  • Organisational culture and organisational analysis
  • Strategic sustainability management
  • Sustainable innovation and new business models
  • Adaptive management
  • Circular economy


  • Governance & ethical compliance
  • Responsible leadership & ethical dilemma management
  • Integration of the SDGs
  • Responsible finance & impact investment


  • Integrated Reporting
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Compass & Reporting
  • Responsible Marketing & Advertising
  • Sustainability business case

Academic research and writing

  • Master thesis

Karin Huber-Heim, Academic Director, lecturer in CSR and communication

“A future-proof economy needs far-sighted managers with a sense of integrity. Our programme develops leaders who are able to manage the complexity and effects of global value chains as well as the demands of different stakeholders by adopting a responsible approach.”

Reinhard Friesenbichler, Lecturer

“At the end of the day, financial markets are the channel through which resources are allocated to or withdrawn from companies and projects. Understanding and taking advantage of this is the idea behind sustainable investment.”


The programme at a glance


Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainability and Responsible Management




EUR 9,500 (VAT exempt, can be paid in instalments on request).

Language of instruction

German and English

Start date

March 2020


Three semesters

Study places

Part-time, 20 / year

Contact hours

  • One block week per semester
  • Friday afternoons and Saturdays (daytime) at three-week intervals
  • Blended learning units

Target groups

Managers in the public and private sectors, and at NGOs

CSR, environmental

HR, quality and communication managers

Corporate consultants and

Project managers

Admission requirements

  • Recognised academic degree (bachelor or higher) or equivalent (CSR Manager or Diversity and Inclusion Manager postgraduate programme)
  • Proof of necessary basic knowledge from a related degree programme (ECTS credits for CSR and diversity-related courses)
  • Good German and English skills, written application
  • Interview

Applicants who have completed the CSR Manager or Diversity and Inclusion Manager postgraduate programme can join the programme in semester 3.

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Climate conference simulation

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