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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: