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Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PGDip)

Applications for 2018 entry will open this September. For enquiries or to register your interest please email .


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The Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PG Dip) is a new Master's-level accredited programme from the University of Cambridge. It has been designed for senior and mid-career professionals and managers who wish to keep their knowledge of cutting-edge responses to sustainability challenges and opportunities up to date.

For nearly 20 years the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has delivered part-time graduate programmes for business professionals. This course is designed for those who want to expand their learning beyond the Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business (PCSB) or Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC), and provides a flexible alternative to the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership (Master’s) for continuing professional development.

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.

Delivered on a part-time basis, 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.

Participants can take from around 1.5 to 3.5 years to complete the programme. It is completed in two parts, with the second part offering considerable flexibility and choice.

Part 1

Part 2

9 months (part-time)

Complete a Postgraduate Certificate (PCSB or PCSVC)

0.5 to 3 years (part-time)

Complete PG Dip-specific components

The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach combining short residential seminars, complemented by remote, online learning through a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment. Students are assessed through a variety of assignments over the course of the programme.

The strength of the programme lies in the combination of access to Cambridge sustainability research and extensive University resources, with an emphasis on collaborative learning, peer networking, and real-life application to business contexts. Students have all the benefits of a rigorous programme accredited by the University, whilst being supported by expert supervisors to apply their learning to mainstream business practice.

The overall experience is enhanced by attending residential seminars in Cambridge that provide exposure to the University’s world-class facilities and history.

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Dr Theo Hacking Director, Graduate Programmes

PCSB and PCSVC workshop dates:

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