Using the lens of the contemporary science of systems as a starting point for learning, as well as the theme of a circular economy, we offer a flexible, interdisciplinary and participatory approach. We distil the latest research, policy, practitioner insights and thinking about circular economy into programmes that provide our graduates and future leaders with the skills and capabilities necessary to enable the shift from linear to circular systems, strategies and solutions.

Developing the most productive ‘frameworks for thinking’ means that our programmes offer inclusive opportunities for business, entrepreneurship, the public and not for profit sectors, as well as academia.

Current Programmes

A portfolio of courses for businesses and organisations seeking to initiate change towards Circular Economy opportunities. Designed for influencers and leaders. The Masterclass adopts a reflective approach to practice and using interactive case studies and close cooperation with some of the world’s circular economy pioneers in business, enterprise and design.


Sid Sarkar, Senior Director, Industrial Strategy, Philips, Amsterdam
“It was an eye-opening 6 weeks for me.... For the first time, the building blocks of Circular Economy were crystallized for me by the CE Masterclass. The value-based take on Circular Economy makes a lot of sense and gets the attention even of the unromantic! Articulation of value leakage, value creation, value capture, value optimization, value measurement and value scaling are exceptionally well done. Overall, a very insightful and timely introduction to CE.” 

Joseph Muscat, Senior R&D Manager, Unilever Beauty and Personal Care
"Really enjoyable; I had a chance to think about some of the challenges around Sustainability and to share some of the work we are doing in Unilever. Most importantly, got a chance to draw inspiration from some great case studies from other companies ….. and meet other people grappling with this in companies like Google, Solvay, H&M, CBRE etc."

Aimed at a global audience, with delivery in English and Spanish, this introductory online learning opportunity is designed to provide an overview of the key principles, concepts and building blocks of a circular economy, including the impact of digitisation, design, business models and enterprise. Designed in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, this four-week programme will launch in 2020.

A one week programme of action-learning for any UG student at Exeter to develop real world solutions to an intractable global challenge. This years challenge will be  'Ocean Plastics' Over 100 students will work on the challenge in early June. Speakers include Professor Tamara Galloway, recent winner of the Guardian Impact award for her work on microplastics, Professor Brenden Godley, world authority on marine conservation, Eline Boon leading the New plastics economy for Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Yui Kamakawa, on how Coca Cola are responding to the challenge.

A new part time, flexible online Masters level programme will be available in 2020, designed to support current and potential decision-makers and leaders within organisations to develop the opportunities from Circular Economy offers and how to translate the theory into practice.

The Exeter MBA is a world leading programme ranked number 2 in Corporate knights in 2018 attracting high quality, highly committed global students. Circular Economy is now an established programme element. Each student undertakes a consultancy project as part of their programme.

Example projects this year include students designing out plastic waste from the Marks and Spencer meat supply chain and working with Coca Cola, L’Oreal and other global corporates and NGO’s to design a global framework to support corporates and communities to work together to eradicate ocean plastics.

If you have such a project and would like to discuss the possibilities then please contact us.