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Overview of our part-time Master's-level sustainable business qualifications

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Essential information

Cambridge qualification:

Master of Studies Degree

Master of Studies Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Certificates

Focus:

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Sustainability Leadership 

(Business perspective)

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Value Chains

Type of programme

Full Master’s degree Full Master’s degree

Postgraduate qualification equivalent to 2/3 of a Master’s degree. Progression to Master’s is under development.

Postgraduate qualification equivalent to 1/3 of a Master’s degree. Progression to PG Diploma or Master’s is available.

 Accreditation*

180 CATS points at level M 180 CATS points at level M

120 CATS points at level M

60 CATS points at level M

Who would benefit?

Those involved in the commissioning, design, construction and management of projects in the built environment. Mid-career, current and aspiring leaders who want to develop their capacity to drive the business response to sustainability challenges, drawing on the research excellence of the University of Cambridge.

Mid-career professionals who wish to enhance their existing knowledge and gain a higher qualification through practical assignments rather than a research dissertation.

Mid-career professionals who wish to gain a broad and action-oriented introduction to sustainability in a strategic business context, and apply within their organisation.  Mid-career professionals who wish to gain a broad and action-oriented introduction to sustainability in a strategic business context, and apply across their organisation’s value chain. 

Duration and format

• Part time over 2 years
• 6 residential workshops in Cambridge; each workshop is 5.5 days
• Part time over 2 years
• 24 days residential in Cambridge via 4 workshops

• Part time over 1.5 to 3.5 years
• 15 days residential in Cambridge via workshops and Labs

• Part time over 10 months
• 8 days residential in Cambridge via 2 workshops

Course emphasis

Equipping professionals for strategic decision-making, inventive problem solving and evidence-based design in interdisciplinary design teams. Specific leadership responses to complex sustainability challenges and opportunities in a business context, and building leadership capacity to think creatively, holistically and systemically. Provides an opportunity to take a ‘deeper dive’ into topical and emergent leadership responses to sustainability in a business context. Equipping individuals to respond to sustainability challenges and opportunities in mainstream business practice and 'real-life' industry contexts.   Equipping individuals and teams to respond to sustainability challenges and opportunities experienced by organisations seeking to embed sustainability principles across their value chains.

Fees

£16,002 (£8,001 p/a). Approx. 25 per cent of this covers membership of a Cambridge College. It excludes accommodation and meals; however, reasonably priced College accommodation is offered.

£24,204 (£12,102 p/a). Approx. 25 per cent of this covers membership of a Cambridge College. It excludes accommodation and meals; however, reasonably priced College accommodation is offered.

PG Cert alumni (since 2008) pay a reduced fee of £19,678 (£9839 p/a).

£13,785 which includes all teaching fees, learning materials, accommodation for the Cambridge workshops and labs and attendance at the Postgraduate Certificate & Diploma Awards Ceremony. Fees do not include travel costs.  

PG Cert alumni (since 2008) pay £7543 (additional to the original £7543).

£7,543 which includes all teaching fees, learning materials, accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops and attendance at the Postgraduate Certificate Awards Ceremony. Fees do not include travel costs.






*CATS points refers to the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme. It may be possible to transfer the CATS points to Level M programmes of other higher education institutions. As institutions vary on their policies of accepting transferred credits you should contact your preferred institution for further advice.

 

Supporting details

Cambridge qualification:

Master of Studies Degree

Master of Studies Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Certificates

Focus:

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Sustainability Leadership 

(Business perspective)

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Value Chains

Application and key dates

Applications for 2017 are still open and close 30 June 2017 (applications for 2018 entry will open in September 2017).

2017 intake dates

  • Workshop 1: 10–16 September 2017
  • Workshop 2: 3–9 December 2017
  • Workshop 3: 18–24 March 2018 
  • Workshop 4: 9–15 December 2018
  • Workshop 5: 24–30 March 2019
  • Workshop 6: 16–22 June 2019

Applications for 2018 entry open in September 2017.

  • Workshop 1: 23–29 September 2018
  • Workshop 2: 31 March–6 April 2019
  • Workshop 3: 1–7 September 2019
  • Workshop 4: 29 March–4 April 2020

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. 

See to the right for PG Cert workshop dates.

See the Labs website for Labs dates, which are held at least biannually.

Applications for 2018 entry open in September 2017.

  • Workshop 1: 2–5 July 2018
  • Workshop 2: 12–15 November 2018

Bursaries and discounts

One scholarship position for 50 per cent reduction in course fees is offered on a competitive basis.

One hardship bursary for 50 per cent reduction in course fees is offered on a needs basis.

Currently no bursary funding is available via CISL.

Possible sources of external funding are listed on our website.

Limited bursary funding is available for deserving candidates who are prevented from applying due to financial reasons.

Bursaries are normally awarded to self-funding individuals, applicants from SMEs, the public sector, NGOs, or developing countries.

Limited bursary funding is available for deserving candidates who are prevented from applying due to financial reasons.

Bursaries are normally awarded to self-funding individuals, applicants from SMEs, the public sector, NGOs, or developing countries.

A discounted rate is available for group applications.

Assessed work

First year: Two industry-relevant individual assignments and a Group Project (typically 5–7 students), supported by a specialist course Tutor.

Second year: 15,000-word research dissertation, under the direction of an academic Supervisor.

 

Part 1: As per assignments for Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business

Part 2: A series of short business relevant assignments totalling 12,000 words under the direction of a specialist course Tutor(s).

Two business-relevant individual assignments and a Group Project (typically 5–7 students), supported by a specialist course Tutor.

College membership and award of degree

Students become full members of a Cambridge College and can attend a University graduation ceremony at the Senate House. Students are members of the University of Cambridge, but are not full members of a Cambridge College. Residential workshops are held in a range of Cambridge Colleges and Institutions, and an Award Ceremony at a Cambridge College is included in the course fee. 

Transfer between programmes

Standalone Master’s programme

Alumni of PCSB and PCSVC can apply for the MSt in Sustainability Leadership. If accepted, they pay a reduced fee and are exempt from the first-year assignments and the first residential workshop.

At present there is no way of transferring PG Dip credit on to the MSt in Sustainability Leadership. A route to continue onto a taught Master’s is currently being developed.

Alumni of PCSB and PCSVC are eligible to apply for the PG Dip. If accepted, they pay a reduced fee (compared with new applicants) and proceed directly to the PG Dip component.

At present there is no way of transferring PG Dip credit on to the MSt in Sustainability Leadership. A route to continue to a taught Master’s is currently being developed.

Individuals who have completed a CISL Postgraduate Certificate (since 2008) can use the credit gained to upgrade their qualification to either the PG Dip or the MSt in Sustainability Leadership.

If accepted on to either of these courses they pay a reduced fee (see above). Those enrolling on the MSt in Sustainability Leadership are exempt from the first-year assignments and the first residential workshop.

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