Become an impactful leader for social and environmental change and equip yourself for long-term career success.
In our fast-changing world, businesses can no longer ignore their impact on individuals, society and the environment. It’s no longer enough to evaluate business success in commercial terms. The world is in need of problem-solving leaders to create change for a better, more socially sustainable future.
Empower yourself with a qualification in sustainability and social impact at UNSW, and you’ll gain highly employable skills for a rewarding career that could take you anywhere.
Sustainability in business is about preventing the depletion of natural or physical resources so that they remain available for future generations. Social sustainability is about understanding the impacts of corporations on people in society.
Sustainability and social impact combines these issues, much like sustainable development. It involves creating sustainable, social, entrepreneurial and systemic change in many settings. Think: corporate, government, not-for-profit and more.
Studying sustainability and social impact is your chance to be the change you want to see in the world. You'll gain the understanding and real-world experience to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, communities and the environment by driving change through business initiatives.
You'll build skills and knowledge in social entrepreneurship, innovation, investment and governance, enhancing your understanding of the dynamics of the social economy. You’ll be equipped to leverage business as a powerful tool to make a positive impact. And you’ll learn how businesses, social enterprises, government, foundations and community organisations can work together.
Join Australia’s #1 Business School
Study with the best at Australia’s #1 business school (*AFR BOSS Best Business Schools list for 2022). You’ll gain a highly-respected business education that leads the way in career impact, quality and reputation. Plus, you’ll have access to cutting-edge facilities and be taught by world-class teachers and academics.
Get hands-on experience and grow your network
Make strides towards your future career by gaining vital hands-on skills through work experience, internships and global practicum opportunities. For example, you can get involved in initiatives within the Centre for Social Impact, an industry-leading alliance of Australian universities that provides education, tools and evidence-based research to help catalyse social change for a better world.
Gain a competitive edge with employability
UNSW students are sought after by employers, with UNSW awarded The Most Employable Students Award in the AFR Top100 Future Leaders Awards* for 3 consecutive years, with 30 of these students being Business School graduates. Plus, studying social impact at UNSW means you’ll become part of an urgently required new generation of global leaders with a socially and environmentally conscious framework.
*QS Rankings by Subject 2023
Studying sustainability and social impact will set you up for a career to drive meaningful change. Industry demand is rapidly growing for graduates with social impact expertise and a passion for building a more sustainable future, so you’ll be at the top of the pile for job opportunities.
Your career possibilities include:
Social Policy Manager
Social Responsibility Manager in the corporate sector
Social Policy Manager
Social and Ethical Investment Professional
Social Impact Educator or Corporate Trainer
You can study sustainability and social impact in the following postgraduate coursework programs: