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Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business

Who Should Apply?

Applications for PCSB 2015 are now open: apply here. Closing date: 26 January 2015. See our Application and Fees page for details of the bursary places available.

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"The course has both inspired and given me impetus to drive change in my organisation, but in a way that accommodates others that are not where I am now. I would seriously recommend this course to anyone trying to drive sustainability change in their organisation."
Romy Kenyon, Sustainability Projects Manager West Europe, 3M

PCSB is designed for senior and mid-career managers with at least three years' work experience, who want to explore business practices and opportunities in the area of sustainability and are looking to further their own personal development in the field. The course focuses on sustainability in a business context, being particularly targeted at those in mainstream business roles. However, we also welcome applications from those working in the not-for-profit and government sectors who are interested in gaining exposure to these issues.

Typical job titles include functional heads such as Director of Marketing, Director of Corporate Communications and Director of Public Affairs; and specialist managers such as Sustainable Development Manager, Environmental Director, Stakeholder Relations Director and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Executive, amongst others.

The programme is regularly oversubscribed. In addition to the formal requirements, we are particularly looking for candidates who can demonstrate academic or professional excellence and who are committed to using their learning from the programme to lead or influence change.

Applicants from Outside the UK

We welcome applicants from outside the UK. The part-time course based around two workshops has been designed to be accessible for participants based throughout the world. The content is internationally relevant, however it should be noted that the programme is developed and delivered by a predominantly UK team.

Selected PCSB Alumni from Previous Cohorts 

Position Organisation
Global Head of Services Sustainable Development ABN AMRO Bank
Manager - Corporate Sustainability Programme Accenture
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility AIB Group plc
Global HSE Manager AkzoNobel Decorative Paints
Director Corporate Social Responsibility American Water
Head of Water Quality & Environmental Performance Anglian Water Services Ltd
 Assurance Manager Anglo American plc
Institutional Business Executive  Artemis Investment Management LLP 
Associate Director Arup Group Ltd
Category Manager, Supply Chain & Purchasing AVIVA plc
Planning Manager AXA Insurance
Head of HSE BAA Limited
Director - Environment and External Affairs Biffa Waste Services Ltd
CSR Manager Big Yellow Group
Strategy Development Manager BP plc
Environment & Sustainability Manager Brakes
General Manager, Commercial & Planning Procurement British Airways
Assistant Press Secretary to the Queen Buckingham Palace
Corporate Responsibility Manager Camelot Group plc
Head of Corporate Sustainability Capgemini
Head of Government Affairs Carbon Trust
Group Property Director Carillion Construction Limited
Corporate HSE Manager Centrica plc
CR Director Environment Coca Cola Company Europe
Sustainable Development Advisor Crown Prosecution Service
Senior Associate Deloitte Consulting
Head, Sustainable Development Dialogues Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (UK)
Health, Safety & Environmental Advisor Deutsche Bank
Group Technical and Sustainability Manager Duchy Originals
Director of Safety, Health & Environment E.ON UK plc
Head of Sustainability EDF Energy
Environment Manager Environment Agency (UK)
Sustainability Manager  Exxaro Resources Ltd
Business Development Manager Fairtrade Foundation
Head of Product Management  Fairtrade Foundation
Senior Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Fortis Bank
Sustainable Development Manager GKN Driveline
Deputy Chief Executive Global Reporting Initiative 
Associate Director Halcrow Group
Manager, Corporate Sustainability HSBC Bank Middle East 
Manager, Group Corporate Sustainability HSBC Holdings
Director, London & South East Business  IBM
Global Manager R&D ICI plc
Special Advisor to the Secretary-General  International IDEA 
Senior Vice President Environment, Health, Safety Invensys plc
Group Corporate Social Responsibility Director John Laing plc
Group EHS Advisor Johnson Matthey plc
Environmental Risk Manager JP Morgan Chase
Senior Marketing Manager Kellogg Company
Senior Manager KPMG
Construction Director Laing Homes Ltd
Community and Regeneration Leader Laing O'Rourke 
Head of Sustainable Development Lloyds Banking Group
Global Drinks Education Manager Mars Drinks, Mars Incorporated 
CSR Officer National Bank of Abu Dhabi
Head of Sustainability Marketing Nestle UK & Ireland
Senior Manager Public Affairs Norsk Hydro ASA
Risk Manager Norwich Union
Senior Manager, Sustainable Development Ofgem
Head of Business Transformation Pace plc
General Manager PetroChina/PetroIneos
Head of Environment Pfizer Ltd
Head of Business Development Raleigh International 
Chief Advisor Diamonds Security Rio Tinto
Global Head, Strategic Communication Roche Holding AG
Head of Corporate Responsibility Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Head of Environmental Solutions Royal Mail
Energy Services Development Manager RWE npower
Development Manager Scottish Business in the Community
Head, Strategic Social Investment Shell Petroleum Development Company
Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs Telegraph Media Group
Energy Manager Tesco plc
Head of CSR Thomas Cook Group Ltd
 Global Head of CR Thomson Reuters 
Social Responsibility Project Director TNT
Head of Business Operations T-Systems UK 
Head of Sustainable Development TUI Travel plc
Global External Affairs Director Unilever
Director Vodafone Group
Senior Environmental Manager Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd


Participants benefit from sharing their learning experience with a rich mixture of peers representing a variety of sectors and based in a large range of geographic locations. This is illustrated by our alumni statistics below.

Map of where our alumni were based during their study

Sectors represented by our alumni

Sectors represented by our alumni

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Key dates

COHORT 18 2015

Workshop 1: 16–18 Mar 2015
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