MSc in Sustainable Management & Eco-Innovation

Master of Science
Next Intake : January 2022
Duration : 15 months
Languages : English
Campus : Rennes

The function of the Manager in Environmental Sustainability and Eco-Innovation is relevant for companies operating in both services and product markets. The international job market offers vast opportunities for professionals trained and interested in this function including positions within small business and large multinational enterprises managing global consumer bases and/or supply chains.

“The international job market offers vast opportunities for professionals trained and interested in this function”


This programme is proposed in partnership with:

The international consumer, societal and political pressures have compelled companies to integrate a new dimension into management: sustainability. Both multinational companies (MNCs) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must be able to integrate sustainable practices into the way they do day-to-day business.

To meet this challenge they require specifically trained managers throughout the organisation capable of developing sustainable strategies for managing companies’ social and environmental impact within multiple markets and fields of operation. These managers must be able to design, produce and market products and services creating sustainable value to the company and to the society.
In response to this need, the Rennes School of Business offers a specialised MSc Program in Sustainable Management and Eco-Innovation (SMEI). The program was created in 2013 and is a unique cooperative agreement between Rennes School of Business and the School of Environmental Management and Engineering, Rennes (EME). This partnership offers students an excellent learning environment and exposure to highly qualified multicultural faculty specialised in sustainable business practices and environmental innovation and design. The programme aims at educating students to become responsible business leaders capable of applying sustainability-related knowledge in the formulation of responsible business practices and the ethical management of people in organisations.

To achieve this aim the programme incorporates interdisciplinary modules from multiple business fields (such as human resource management, operations management, information systems, marketing and finance) and environmental engineering (such as eco-design and environmental impact assessment). In addition, students from very different backgrounds of study such as engineering, environmental sciences and business are able to exchange knowledge and come up with creative ideas in sustainability-related team assignments.

This programme is designed to educate students to become responsible business leaders. They will be able to apply sustainability-related knowledge in the formulation of responsible business practices and ethical management of people in organisations. The Master offers interdisciplinary modules from multiple business fields and environmental engineering.

6 reasons to join this programme :

  • Designed to develop technical and management capabilities in sustainable management and eco-innovation.
  • Unique modules in partnership with the School of Environmental Engineering in Rennes.
  • A multicultural programme that allows students to work on projects such as environmental impact assessments, product innovation and sustainable business models in an international context.
  • The opportunity to specialise in an area of sustainability during a 6-month supervised research project.
  • Graduates from this programme benefit from excellent career opportunities in international organisations.
  • Sustainable learning in a sustainable city: Rennes is an environmentally friendly city with an extensive bicycle network.


  • A strong academic background
  • Bachelor or equivalent (Diploma)

English proficiency (one of the following):

  • TOEFL > 80 IBT
  • or TOEIC > 750
  • or IELTS > 6.0
  • or Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE) > B2
  • or Pearson Test of English (PTE) > 63 (minimum score of 59 in each section)
  • or TOEFL 70 or TOEIC 700 or IELTS 5.5 + IEC
  • or Native Language: English
  • or previous studies taught in English (minimum 2 years)
  • or a placement English test (similar to TOEIC) , at no extra cost. Available at the time of your acceptance into the programme.

Admission procedure

Candidates have to fill in the application form. The complete student’s file must be submitted to the admissions office.
Eligible candidates will be contacted for a an interview (Face-to-face, telephone, skype or on-line interview).

Visa for non-European students

Please contact the local French Embassy or Campus France in your country to obtain a visa application to arrange your stay in France as soon as you are admitted.


Semester 1

Compulsory modules

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Energy Issues and International Sustainable Regulations
  • Thinking Inside Out: Leadership, Building Effective and Creative Teams
  • Marketing of Innovation
  • Project Management

Semester 2

Compulsory modules

  • Eco-Design Management
  • Information Systems for Sustainable Management
  • Global Quality Management & Sustainablity
  • Sustainable Supply Chain/Green Logistics
  • Ethical and Socially Responsible Finance
  • International Strategic Management ‘‘Winter session’’ abroad or course in Rennes.



Sustainable Development Analyst, Sustainability Advisor, ESG/Sustainability Analyst, Expert in Sustainable and Responsible Investment and Finance, Energy Advisor, Expert in Innovation, Business Development and Sustainability, CSR Project Manager, Consultant, Material Manager, Europe Environmental Specialist and Engineer, Project Manager, CSR Manager, Business Developer

Intended career paths

  • Consulting firms performing environmental analysis of companies’ CSR practices with the aim to offer advice to those organisations or provide information to ethical investment funds
  • Businesses offering eco-products or engaged in social and environmentally responsible practices,
  • Accreditation organisations of corporate environmental and social responsibility (like ISO, GRI – Global Reporting Initiative),
  • Government agencies, international organisations dealing with the environmental and social impact of business (eg. UN Global compact)
  • NGOs (non-for profit organisations) concerned with ethical trade practices or collaborating with business on sustainability issues


VigeoEiris, Nestle, Heineken, Sustainalytics, Lindt & Sprüngli (France), Nokia Bell Labs, L’Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME), Carrefour Brasil, Spark, Nestlé, Purina Petcare, Heineken International, Nike Revolt, Instinctif Partners Kone Corporation, Numberly…

Work countries

Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Holland, Mexico, New Caledonia, South Africa, United Kingdom

Student Life

Resident permit

The international office of Rennes School of Business helps students to obtain a resident permit.


Rennes School of Business offers scholarships depending on academic performance or social criteria.


Rennes School of Business helps international students to finding suitable accommodation (student residence, private house, shared flat, family homestay) in the city. A residence campus for international students is available on the campus.


The basics ; Before my arrival ; First week : Miscellaneous ; …

Fees & Funding

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