Sustainable Business
and Innovation

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12,200€ / year

Business Specialisation Diplomas > Sustainable Business and Innovation

ESEI’s Sustainable Business and Innovation specialisation is a cutting-edge programme that is perfect for those looking to have an impact on the future of our planet. Sustainability is at the centre of all 21st century global conversations, as the need to move big and move fast is essential. This programme not only gives students a strong basis in all key theories and players in the sustainability movement, it also provides them with an education in Innovation theories and practices that they can use in their mission to build a better, more sustainable world. If Sustainability and Innovation are two passion areas of yours, look no further!

Semester 1 (25 ECTS credits): 

- 3 x 5 ECTS credit courses in specialised business area
- 10 ECTS credit Responsible Business project:
Students must choose a specific cause or problem in the field of responsible business on which to focus their project (this could come from a social, environmental or economic standpoint, or perhaps all three). The objective is to ideate, develop and hopefully implement a project that contributes to the development of responsible business. The proposal should put forward a strategy and steps to address the chosen cause or problem.
*Supervised by a project tutor

Semester 2 (35 ECTS credits): 

- 3 x 5 ECTS credit courses in specialised business area
- 20 ECTS credit group-based capstone project
In groups, students will develop a capstone project (focused on their specialisation area) which is a research-based piece of work that can be submitted in various forms, including a multimedia presentation, film, event, simulation or paper. This project will be started at the end of the students’ first semester and will culminate in a formal presentation or exhibition of it.
*Led by a project mentor.

Programme overview


Sustainability and Innovation: Strategies and Trends

In this module, students will gain insight into the leading sustainability and innovation strategies being employed in the 21st century business scenario, which are disrupting sectors for the good and changing the business landscape. It will also explore the sustainable business and innovation trends shaping the next decade, providing students with an overview of what’s coming and therefore helping them figure out how to become part of this global movement.

IN FOCUS: Environmental Sustainability in Business

Environmental sustainability in business means company decision-making and action-taking being based in a genuine interest in protecting the natural world, which as we know is perhaps the greatest challenge facing the 21st century world. In this IN FOCUS module, students will delve into the scope and detail of this global environmental challenge, evaluating what is currently being done in the business world to tackle it and where it is falling short. Students will consider how businesses can make responsible decisions that will reduce their negative impact on the environment, and how they can realistically balance economic growth with environmental stewardship.

Change Management and Innovation

This module explores what it takes to think up, develop, implement and effectively manage strategic change and innovation initiatives both on a small scale and at the organisational level, all with the underlying objective of maximising business sustainability and innovation. Students will be introduced to the key theories and practices behind change and innovation as applied to individuals, organisations and systems. They will look at the kind of opportunities an organisation has for change and innovation, but also the potential restrictive forces at play. The role of technology in change and innovation in the 21st century business environment will also be examined. This module helps us put to rest the expression “if it isn't broken, don't fix it.”


Building a Sustainable Business

Do you want to discover the secret ingredient to building a profitable business that doesn’t harm society or its surroundings? Or even better, do you want to understand how enterprises make money while actively helping the planet? This module will introduce you to inspiring examples of successful businesses with sustainability at the centre of their purpose, dissecting their journey from zero to hero. Students will consider sustainable business models which manage to create economic, social, and environmental value for their various stakeholders and will apply the Business Model Canvas tool in order to develop their own sustainable enterprise idea! 

IN FOCUS: Social and Economic Sustainability in Business

Social, Economic and Environmental sustainability can be regarded as an interlinked tree, but this IN FOCUS module will look more closely into the social and economic branches. The course will explore the questions around how to facilitate and maintain long-term economic growth without negatively impacting the community, whether that be from a social, environmental or cultural point of view. Topics such as smart growth, R & D spending, cost of living and long range planning will be considered. It will also look at the social sustainability dimension through areas such as education, community development, equal opportunity, law and ethics and quality of life. Finally, it will consider the common or combined issues that arise from these two branches, including taxation, business ethics, trade, workers rights and government resources.

Design Thinking

Disruptive products or processes can bring great success, and Innovation is possible everywhere. This module applies the design thinking methodology, asking students to take a systematic approach to creative problem-solving in the context of business. The course will present the design thinking concept, mindset, ideation, the 4 stages, the frames, the mind-map technique, the stakeholders’ map and prototyping, among other aspects. The approach will be practical and can be applied to any product or service. Students will experience the design thinking process from beginning to end and be able to identify and understand the relationship between innovation, design thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship. Ultimately, the module aims to help students recognise the value of innovation to organisations, economies and society, and gives them hands-on experience of how to achieve this.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I apply and Covid precludes my arrival?

Do you offer scholarships?

Please refer to our Scholarship page

Do you offer internships?

Job opportunities hugely depend on your qualifications, skills and experience. Around 10 offers are provided by ESEI / month, and we are in direct contact with more than 20 companies and 2 HR agencies for offers each semester. We offer assistance with all of this through our dedicated career services.
You can find more information about our Career Services through the following link
You can read more about career opportunities for international students in the following post

Do you have dorms?

Student Accommodation Options:
1) we provide a list of student accommodation agencies that help our students find their ideal home in barcelona, with attractive promotional codes specific to our students.
2) there is a relocation package with an accommodation agency, you will pay a certain fee and they will send you the accommodation letter you will need for the visa, and they will do the apartment hunt for you and find you the specs you want. More details on both option can be accessed

What is the application deadline?

Non-EU citizens needing a student visa to study in Spain, should make sure to secure admission at least three months before the start of the courses to avoid delays in arrival to Barcelona. Late applications received one month prior to the start date of the course will be considered based on the available places left in the programme. Because of the limited number of places available in our programme, we advise you to start your application as early as possible. Applications are being received for the upcoming intake.

Will I receive administrative support from the school...

Will I receive administrative support from the school for my residency documents?

ESEI has guidelines on all administrative processes undertaken by students and the school’s staff supports students with this on a one-to-one basis.

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