City of London

Key information

Start date: October 2017
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Open to applications
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This MSc course challenges you to rethink our conventional models of retirement provision with the aim of a sustainable transformation.

Our MSc in Sustainable Retirement Investment and Management invites you to challenge conventional models of retirement provision, while aiming to ensure transition to a sustainable future.

The transition to a post-industrial society requires vital tools for civil society to manage the change, a field of inquiry you will actively engage with. Those all-important tools have not been forthcoming to date, with a lack of leadership from both politicians and academics.

You will focus on environmental, economic and social sustainability, and how that can be achieved through changes in institutional governance.

A specific area of importance in questioning how society transitions to a sustainable post-industrial society will be to analyse how concepts are applied to real-world practices, for example to assess the impact of government regulation on companies and organisations.

You will identify and examine the long overdue tools required to benefit society and transition to a post-industrial society.


You graduate well equipped to overcome the challenges associated with ensuring sustainability in pension provision. You will gain a strong knowledge of the pensions industry, including occupational schemes, the role of government in retirement provision, and the nature of investment in retirement provision.

The advanced level of knowledge and understanding of pensions and retirement will see you well placed to pursue careers in the financial and political sectors.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Group Panel Project
  • Independent Research Project
  • Pensions, Employee Benefits and Sustainable Retirement Saving Arrangements
  • Providing for Sustainable Retirement

Optional modules

You will choose one optional module each term.

Term 1

  • Sustainable Corporate and Pensions Governance
  • Sustainable Investment

Term 2

  • Corporate Pension, Savings Planning and Sustainability
  • Sustainable Personal Finance and Retail Provision

Term 3

  • Member Communications
  • Economics and Political Economy for Pensions, Retirement Savings and Employee Benefits in a Sustainability Context

Teaching and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Skills tutorials


  • Essay
  • Executive summary
  • Group/individual report
  • Individual presentation
  • Problem solving action plan
  • Written examination

Course timetable

You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
Full-time £15,000
Part-time £7,500 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
Full-time £15,000
Part-time £7,500 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.


We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in an appropriate subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

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