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Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business

Application & Fees

Applications for PCSB 2014 are now closed. If you wish to apply for admission in 2014, then please note that the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains is open for applications until 31 May 2014. To express interest for PCSB 2015, please email

"It gave me the tools to substantiate the business case as well as the tools to actually start implementing sustainability in our organisation."

Requirements of Applicants

Prospective participants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Possession of an undergraduate degree from a recognised university, or evidence of equivalent work experience/achievement and ability to read for a Master's-level programme;

  • An acceptable ability in written and spoken English language (evidence will be required of participants’ proficiency if English is not their first language);

  • A minimum of 3 years’ work experience after graduation;

  • An endorsement from their employing institution supporting their application and required time commitment for the programme, or – if independent – from an acceptable institution familiar with their work;

  • Interest in and commitment to sustainability;

  • Academic and/or professional excellence;

  • Commitment to using learning from the programme to lead or influence change within their business context;

  • Access to appropriate computer technology and internet software;

  • Ability to pay the course fees or identify a sponsoring institution.

The Selection Process

The selection process will adjudicate candidates against the above criteria. Whilst academic performance is one of the criteria that we will review in order to identify the strongest candidates, we will also consider other indicators of ability.

Places will be available until the closing date for applications, but will be allocated on a rolling basis, so prospective applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) course fees for 2014 are £7,150.

This includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the three Cambridge residential workshops.

Fees do not include travel costs.

Loans and Bursaries

Bursary funding has been made available for deserving candidates who are currently prevented from applying due to financial reasons. These will offer financial support of 25–30 per cent of the programme fee, and in some exceptional cases up to 50 per cent of the programme fee, to assist selected applicants.

Candidates should apply through the normal route and indicate on the application form their request to be considered for a bursary. Successful applicants will meet all the programme requirements and should make a case for why they would otherwise not be able to participate; criteria which may be taken into account include self-funding a place on the programme, affiliated with a public sector or non-governmental organisation, or coming from a developing country. Participants must demonstrate that they have pursued all other available funding opportunities, and will also need to evidence that they are able to pay the remaining programme fees.

Residents of the UK or EU might be eligible for a Government loan scheme for part-time students studying for higher qualifications.

How to Apply

To apply for PCSB, please complete the online application form. If you have any questions, please email The closing date for applications is 21 February 2014.


Bursary funding has been made available for deserving candidates who are currently prevented from applying due to financial reasons. These will offer financial support of 25–30 per cent of the programme fee, and in some exceptional cases up to 50 per cent of the programme fee, to assist selected applicants.

In addition to this we have compiled a list of resources, which might be helpful in identifying potential sources of funding. Generally, funding for part-time study is limited, since the format is considered to be geared towards employee-supported and/or self-funded students.

Terms and Conditions  

Acceptance on to a Programme

Acceptance on to a programme is by application and selection only. All applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee. Participants will be accepted on the basis of their ability to meet the selection criteria.

Delegate Participation

The CISL seminar/workshop process involves group work which can be disrupted by the absence of a delegate from any part of the event. Participants are therefore required to be in residence on-site throughout the programme and be able to attend all sessions.

Membership of the Cambridge Sustainability Network is also conditional upon full attendance.

Applying for a Visa for Entering or Studying in the United Kingdom

Please note that all programme participants are responsible for arranging their own visa for entry into the UK, should one be required. The residential components of the programme are of short duration and this influences the type of visa that will be granted. CISL can provide an official invitation letter for the programme in order to facilitate the obtaining of a visa specifically for the dates on which the residential components of the programme takes place. If you will require this, please contact us no less than four weeks prior to the programme date. 


Programme places are to be guaranteed with a purchase order number or credit card details. Invoices are payable within 30 days of invoice date.


There is a limited fund for bursaries to assist deserving candidates who are currently prevented from applying due to financial reasons. Bursaries will only part-contribute to course fees rather than covering the whole amount, and participants must demonstrate that they have exhausted all other opportunities in covering as much of the cost as possible before requesting use of the bursary fund.


Cancellations are usually non-refundable; however a discount (up to 25%) may be offered on a future or alternative programme, subject to a place being secured via the standard admissions process. A request to transfer or defer will be subject to approval and is not granted automatically.

Programme places are not transferable.

Accompanying Spouses/Wider Participation

Unfortunately it is not possible to cater for accompanying spouses or other guests. The seminars are very intensive, and numbers of participants restricted, thus only delegates and speakers may attend the sessions.


In the event of non-payment, we reserve the right to refuse admittance to programme events. Within accredited programmes, submitted assignments will not be assessed and the candidate will not be recommended for an award of credit.

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Key dates

COHORT 17, 2014

Workshop 3: 22–24 Oct 2014, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

COHORT 18 2015

Workshop 1: 16–18 Mar
Workshop 2: 27–29 Jul 2015
Workshop 3: 28–30 Oct 2015

Contact Us

Bethany Knights–Prince
Project Co-ordinator

T: +44 (0)1223 768818