The Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership is a leading accredited University of Cambridge postgraduate degree. This programme attracts high-calibre candidates from a wide variety of sectors and countries. Both academic excellence and leadership on sustainability are prioritised in the competitive selection process, and in the design and delivery of the programme.
The interdisciplinary Master's is offered in association with the Departments of Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Land Economy and the Judge Business School.
The programme is delivered on a part-time basis over two years, making it an ideal choice for participants who intend to continue in full-time employment. Likewise, students do not need to be UK- or Cambridge-based.
The Master’s programme develops further the highly successful format used for CISL’s portfolio of programmes, including The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme. In addition, it potentially provides an opportunity for alumni of our Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) and the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains to further advance their learning.
The Master’s typically attracts candidates who wish to formalise their credentials as sustainability professionals, advisers or consultants. We are also the first choice for mainstream business leaders seeking to gain a better understanding of sustainability risks and opportunities and how to respond to these. We likewise appeal to leaders from the not-for-profit or public sectors who wish to work together with the private sector to address sustainability challenges.
• Four week-long residential workshops in Cambridge, usually in August/September and March/April of each academic year.
• E-learning via a virtual learning environment between the residential workshops.
• Two individual work-based assignments.
• A group project around an area of mutual relevance.
• An individual research dissertation.
The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. Participants are supported by a team of expert tutors and supervisors. The speakers, lecturers and facilitators are leading experts and practitioners from academia, business government and civil society.
A key feature of the programme is the collaborative learning experience. The programme facilitates shared learning between peers, benchmarking against other organisations, and networking with the extensive range of contributors, together providing a rich learning environment.
It is estimated that over the course of the Master’s participants will need to set aside 360 hours, apart from the 24 days of residential workshops, to complete the programme successfully. This is an average across the whole programme for a typical student, and variations in individual approaches to scheduling and learning can result in weeks where the workload may be heavier or lighter. Students are provided with all substantive tasks and deadlines at the start of the programme, so they can plan in advance in order to help spread the work evenly across the two years.
2013 Graduation of Master's Students
The overall goal of the programme is to challenge, stretch and stimulate current and future leaders both to achieve academic excellence and to build their capacity to bring about positive change for sustainability. In particular, the programme aims to:
Additional benefits include: gaining full access to the University Library, including borrowing rights and electronic resources; membership of a Cambridge College; and membership of the University Centre, which continues after completion of the course.
Designed specifically for those working in full-time employment, with a schedule that can be completed alongside day-to-day business activities, the CISL graduate programmes have been designed to offer content that is directly transferable to business.
Participants are actively encouraged to apply insights from each programme, bringing immediate value to organisations from the very first workshop, in the form of innovative thinking, improved engagement, and practical business impact.
If you are seeking support from your employer it may be helpful to prepare the following:
2013 Graduation of Wolfson College Members
The programme is delivered at a range of venues across Cambridge, ensuring that participants experience the breadth of resources that the University has to offer. This includes lectures at the associated departments and dinners in historic colleges.
All students at the University of Cambridge become members of a College, which provides pastoral support within a stimulating academic community. Wolfson College and Robinson College serve as the main hosts for the programme and are where the majority of our students find membership. Wolfson was founded especially for graduate and mature students and is one of only a few Colleges that cater specifically for the needs of part-time students, including offering accommodation and regular formal dining outside the normal University terms (which is when the residential workshops take place). Robinson also has a thriving graduate community and a good support network for graduate students. Robinson is well known for its beautiful gardens, excellent graduate accommodation and is centrally located near to the University Library and to the science departments located on the West Cambridge site.
Due to significant demand for College membership, we recommend that applicants applying to join Cohort 6 commencing in Autumn 2015 consider applying to become a member of Wolfson College. If you choose to apply to another College, please be aware that it might not be successful and we cannot guarantee that you will receive similar levels of support, especially outside the normal University terms. If you do not indicate a preference for a particular College, then your application will be submitted to Wolfson College.
Once a College member, you will remain a member for life, and this typically includes some on-going opportunity to book accommodation and formal dinners, and being invited to College alumni events.
To foster a collegiate atmosphere during the intensive workshops, we block book accommodation, usually at Wolfson or Robinson College. College accommodation is of a reasonable quality and rooms have basic furnishing and en suite bathrooms; however it does not provide full hotel standards of service and convenience. Students are not obliged to take up the offer of accommodation; however staying in College is encouraged, since it offers practical benefits and enhances the experience of Cambridge student life. Accommodation at these colleges is also very reasonably priced, especially for members of the College.
At residential workshops, complimentary/optional formal dinners are held at other Colleges such as Jesus, Emmanuel, St Catharine’s, Queen's, Peterhouse and Trinity Hall.
Applications for the MSt are made via the Institute of Continuing Education website. For any queries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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