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University of Exeter Business School

Sustainable Finance Project

Module titleSustainable Finance Project
Module codeBEAM101
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Professor Angela Christidis (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

Sustainable finance integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into financial decisions. This module will introduce students to the latest development of theory and practice in sustainable and responsible finance. Students will develop an understanding of the principles underlying sustainable and responsible decision-making in finance, their theoretical underpinning, and the guidelines on how to apply them in business and investment practice. This course will be delivered in an intensive block over two weeks. Content is delivered by experts in their field and there will be an opportunity to share, reflect, and engage with other practitioners in the workshops. At the end of the course, students will complete a sustainable finance project and develop an action plan that promotes sustainable finance in their environment.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  • To introduce students to cutting edge theory and practice in sustainable and responsible finance.
  • To develop in-depth insight into the strategic implications of environmental and sustainability challenges for financial systems.
  • To enhance student employability through engaging students in the latest development in sustainable and responsible finance and their implications for business and investment practice.
  • To develop a critical orientation towards the subject matter and an understanding of how the principles are applied in practice.
  • To equip the students with practical application and technical knowledge to work towards CFA Certificate in ESG Investing (optional).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. critically evaluate sustainable and responsible finance concepts, theories and techniques
  • 2. develop an understanding of the broader sustainability context and global initiatives
  • 3. evaluate theory-practice links between ESG and financial decisions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. critically appraise contemporary issues and trends in sustainable finance and the implications of sustainability for financial tools and techniques and investment opportunities
  • 5. explore the current and future impacts of climate change on environment, economy, society, and the financial services sector
  • 6. develop the skills to create sustainable finance strategies and lead integration into traditional financial management practices

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. demonstrate self-motivated inquiry within the subject area and effective use of learning resources
  • 8. present strategic analyses in written form based on case materials and empirical research

Syllabus plan

The syllabus list is indicative.


  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG) and finance in practice
  • Responsible business and firm value
  • Sustainable and responsible investments (SRI)
  • Climate finance and impact investing
  • ESG analysis, valuation and integration

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities44Interactive workshop / study sessions (One 8-hour session plus nine 4-hour sessions)
Guided Independent Study256Private study with remote support

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Study Sessions1 x 8 hours plus 9 x 4 hours1-8Verbal, ELE
Online MCQ tests and applied exercisesWeekly (1-hour)1-8Feedback and comments on ELE
Engagement with online discussion forum in relation to relevant areasOnline discussion contributions1-8Online discussion feedback from peers and lecturer

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
MCQ test501.5 hour 1-8Correct answers
Coursework504,000-word individual contemporary research project1-8Written Feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
MCQ testMCQ test (1.5-hour)1-83 months after original submission date
CourseworkRevise and re-submit coursework 100% (4,000 words1-83 months after original submission date

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:


  • Bril, H. Kell, G. and Rasche, A. (2021). Sustainable Investing: A Path to a New Horizon. New York: Routledge.
  • Edmans, A. (2020). Grow the pie: How great companies deliver both purpose and profit. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sherwood, M. W. and Pollard, J. (2019). Responsible Investing: An Introduction to Environmental, Social, and Governance Investments. Oxon, England; New York, New York: Routledge.
  • Thompson, S. (2021). Green and sustainable finance: principles and practice. London, England; New York, New York: Kogan Page Limited.

Key words search

Finance, Sustainability, Governance, ESG, CSR

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

BEAM047 or BEAM072

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