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PG Dip in detail

The PG Dip is completed in 2 parts, as follows: 

Part 1

10 months (part-time)

Complete a Postgraduate Certificate

Part 2

0.5 to 3 years (part-time)

Complete PG Dip-specific components

Residential format and duration 

2 workshops

8 days

3 Sustainability Leadership Laboratories (Labs)

7.5 days

Assessed assignments

2 individual assignments (6,000 words in total)

1 group project (7,000 words)

1 analytical case study (5,000 words) 

Presentation based on case study 

Thought leadership essay (2,000 words) 

Thought leadership summary (500 words) 

Hosting a webinar

Non-assessed (compulsory) assignments

Self-study preparatory readings 

Self-study preparatory readings

Participation in webinars

Completion of an E module

Short review of one Lab

Keeping a blog or preparing an article / video


Once accepted on to the programme, students are given the option to attend either the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business or the  Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains as Part 1 of the PG Dip. Progression to Part 2 is dependent on successful completion of Part 1 at grade B or above.

On enrolling students are provided with an indicative timetable of the forthcoming Sustainability Leadership Labs, of which they will choose three to attend. At least two Labs per year will be available; hence the three that are required for the PG Dip can be taken over 1.5 to 3 years. Students can, therefore, tailor their participation based on their interest in the subjects offered. This timetable is subject to change, enabling us to respond to major global events and advancements in the field. Labs are also attended by individuals not enrolled on the PG Dip. These people only attend the main two days of content, whilst PG Dip students attend an additional half to one day, which provides specialised content to support their learning.

"The PG Dip format is very attractive because of its practical emphasis which will enable me to acquire skills directly applicable to my work as well as the opportunity to learn from and network with professional peers."

Michelle Witton, Senior Compliance Lawyer, Eurasian Natural

Whilst on the programme participants must show a willingness to co-operate with fellow participants, share ideas generously and contribute to the fullest extent.

Work commitment per week whilst on the programme is dependent on how quickly students choose to progress through the PG Dip. It is estimated that a participant choosing to complete the programme over 1.5 years will need to undertake at least 3–4 hours of work a week to complete the programme successfully, in addition to the residential Labs. This is an average across the whole programme for a typical student, and variations in individual approaches to scheduling and learning can result in weeks where the workload may be heavier or lighter. Students are provided with all substantive tasks and deadlines at the start of the programme, so they can plan in advance in order to help spread the work evenly across the duration of their study.

Full participation at the workshops and labs is required, as well as regular access to email, the internet and telephone to enable peer learning. 

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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