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Graduate Study

Graduate sustainability courses, accredited by the University of Cambridge

Our part-time graduate study courses are widely regarded as some of the best internationally.

Individuals enhance their responses to global challenges and opportunities; either in a cross-sectoral business context, or in relation to the built environment.

The strength of our Master’s-level programmes lies in the combination of academic rigour as an accredited University programme, with an emphasis on practical application and action.

With access to cutting-edge interdisciplinary thinking from leading Cambridge academics and other thought leaders, the aim is to build the capacity of professionals to bring about positive change individually, within their organisation or across their sector.

Cross-sectoral graduate programmes in sustainable business

See a comparison table and possible progression routes through our graduate programmes.

Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership

The Master’s in Sustainability Leadership is designed to develop leaders who have deep understanding of the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world, and to equip them to respond effectively and lead others to achieve positive change. Academic excellence and leadership on sustainability are prioritised in the competitive selection process and in the design and delivery of the programme.

The Master's attracts high-calibre, highly motivated candidates from a wide variety of sectors and countries who wish to develop their expertise and leadership skills and to formalise their credentials as sustainability professionals, advisers or entrepreneurs. 

Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business

The PG Dip provides the opportunity to take a ‘deeper dive’ into topical and emergent leadership responses to sustainability in a business context. It enables participants to explore a variety of levers for change through an academically rigorous, but practically-focused and directly relevant learning experience. It offers a forum for focused professional development, giving participants the flexibility to shape their learning to suit their own or organisational needs and interests.

It has been designed for senior and mid-career professionals and managers who want to enhance their existing knowledge and understanding of key sustainability themes and cutting edge responses. The programme is practitioner focused and therefore suits individuals who want to gain a higher qualification without completing a research dissertation. 

Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business

These programmes equip senior and mid-career professionals and managers with the relevant skillsets to integrate sustainability thinking into business actions. The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business explores this from an organisational perspective, whilst the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains explores through the lens of the whole value chain. They are both designed to provide students with a broad and action-oriented introduction to sustainability in a business context leading to improved skills in responding to sustainability related risks and opportunities.

Sustainability Leadership Laboratories

These two-day non-accredited courses are designed for alumni of our graduate programmes and a small number of senior sustainability practitioners.

Focused on pressing issues and cutting-edge opportunities relating to sustainable business, they are an opportunity to reconnect and update your sustainability knowledge and skills.

Sector-specific graduate programme

Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Offered in association with the Departments of Architecture and Engineering at the University of Cambridge, the Master’s in IDBE is designed for those involved in the commissioning, design, construction and management of projects in the built environment. Academic excellence and active engagement in the planning or design of the built environment are prioritised in the competitive selection process, and in the design and delivery of the programme.  

The Master's attracts high-calibre, highly motivated students who wish to develop their understanding of the global challenges and opportunities facing the sector and equips them to lead interdisciplinary teams through strategic decision-making, inventive problem solving and evidence based design.