Surrey University Stag


Module code: MAN3226

Module Overview

This module provides an opportunity for students to undertake a study in the field of sustainable finance. It enables students to explore a sustainable-finance related topic in greater depth, integrating the knowledge and skills that they acquired in other modules. The project involves both quantitative and discursive analyses.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

RIVERS Christine (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 80

Lecture Hours: 20

Seminar Hours: 10

Guided Learning: 20

Captured Content: 20

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Students will identify a sustainable finance-related topic that they wish to develop further through their project. This must be relevant to their programme of study.

Indicative content includes
¿ Introduction to sustainable finance
¿ Climate finance and impact investing
¿ Environmental, Social and governance (ESG) issues
¿ Sustainability¿s challenges
¿ Financing sustainability

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Project Report 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

  • Their understanding of the latest development and implications in sustainable finance

  • Their ability to design and execute a small piece of empirical research on a sustainable finance-related topic

Critically discuss and evaluate the research findings The Summative assessment for this module consists of:

A project report on sustainable finance that addresses all learning outcomes

Formative assessment and feedback Students receive feedback on their project ideas and presentation skills in a series of sessions dealing with basic aspects of how to approach the project, how to conduct independent research, and how to write a project report. Weekly office hours aim to provide additional feedback and assist students when necessary. Such feedback will help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and prepare for the summative assessment.

Module aims

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of a sustainable finance-related issue.
  • Use the analytical and empirical skills acquired throughout the program to investigate in depth a topic in sustainable finance selected by students.
  • Gain some initial experience in undertaking independent investigation and express a complex topic in written arguments.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Independently combine theory and empiricism and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in other modules. CKT
002 Critically evaluate a sustainable finance topic relevant to their degree studies. CKT
003 Demonstrate expertise in information acquisition (of both literature and data), including selection of appropriate material and techniques. CPT
004 Demonstrate proficiency in presenting work in an acceptable academic format, and condensing a relatively large amount of material into a relatively short space. CPT
005 Demonstrate the ability to work independently on complex sustainable finance problems. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

¿ Develop the students¿ ability to conduct and report independent research.
¿ Allow students to gain experience in applying some of the principles and methods learned in other modules

The learning and teaching methods include:
¿ Elements of lectures, seminars and guided reading

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Surrey Business School is committed to developing graduates with strength in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capacities particularly in the following areas: Digital Capabilities: Throughout the module, students learn to navigate and utilise the Virtual Learning Environment and other digital resources to aid their learning. Students have the opportunity to use statistical software to carry out data analysis and use word processing and reference generating software to prepare the report. Employability: The module asks students to select a sustainable finance-related topic, undertake independent research and complete a report within a stipulated period. Students are encouraged to critically evaluate problems and apply knowledge into practice. Students will develop and enhance their transferable and professional skills through the research process and report writing. Resourcefulness & Resilience: Students in this final year module will further develop their confidence, adaptability, problem solving and decision-making skills by undertaking independent research. Feedback sessions are designed to provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and deepen their understanding of finance. Sustainability: This module provides students with the opportunity to select a topic in sustainable and green finance of their interests. In addition, this module teaches adaption to changing contexts in terms of technology, institutions, and markets. Students will develop the ability to solve sustainability challenges.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Accounting and Finance (Dual degree with SII-DUFE ) BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.