Enterprise in the Circular Economy (N1602)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This innovative module aims to provide an understanding of the circular economy, the potential opportunities for business it generates, and its contribution to sustainable development. It places at the forefront the limitations of the current liner model of ‘take, make dispose’, in terms of the depletion of the world resources, destruction of the environment and the diminished social welfare and inequality, and makes the case for the circular economy and its central tenet of reusability of materials and products, and the optimisation of value creation by businesses. The module will focus on business model innovation and the opportunities and constraints for existing businesses in adopting circular business models. These issues will be explored by taking examples of different size businesses, sectors, as well as national contexts.


67%: Lecture
33%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Problem Set)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 117 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.