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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Key Details

Cambridge qualification:

Master of Studies Degree

Master of Studies Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Certificate

Focus:

Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Sustainability Leadership 

(Business perspective)

Sustainable Business

Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Sustainable Business (Organisational stream and Value chains stream) (PCSB)

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 available.

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

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

Application and key dates

Applications for 2022 are now open (closing 16 May 2022).
 
Provisional 2022 workshop dates*:
  • Workshop 1: 18-24 September 2022
  • Workshop 2: 11-17 December 2022
  • Workshop 3: 26 March-1 April 2023
  • Workshop 4: 10-16 December 2023 
  • Workshop 5: 14-20 April 2024
  • Workshop 6: 29 June – 5 July 2024

Applications for 2022 are now open (closing midday UK time 31 January 2022).

Provisional 2022 workshop months (dates TBC)*:

  • Workshop 1: 
  • September 2022
  • Workshop 2:
  • March 2023
  • Workshop 3:
  • December 2023
  • Workshop 4: 
  • June 2024

Applications for 2022 are now open (closing 2 March 2022 for new applications and 30 June 2021 for applications from PG Cert alumni)..

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

See Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business for stage 1 workshop dates.

Applications for 2022 are now open (closing 16 May 2022).

Provisional 2022 workshop dates*:

  • Workshop 1: 18-24 September 2022
  • Workshop 2: 11-17 December 2022

Applications for 2022 are now open (closing 2 March 2022).

2022 workshop dates*:

  • Workshop 1: 
  • 4-7 July 2022 
  • Workshop 2: 
  • 14-17 November 2022  

Fees

£22,590 (£11,295 p/a). The fee includes membership of a Cambridge College. It excludes accommodation and meals; however, reasonably priced College accommodation is offered.

PG Cert alumni pay a reduced fee of £16,943 (£8,471 p/a)

£27,960 (£13,980 p/a). The fee includes 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 £20,894 (£10,447 p/a)

£16,532, which includes all teaching fees, learning materials, accommodation for the Cambridge workshops and labs. Fees do not include travel costs.

PG Cert alumni (since 2008) pay £8,266 (additional to the original Postgraduate Certificate fee).

£6,848, which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops. Fees do not include travel costs.

£8,266, which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops. Fees do not include travel costs.

Bursaries and discounts

Three scholarship opportunities are available; one for Outstanding Academic Excellence; the Pomeroy Academy Scholarship for candidates from the APAC region (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australasia, and Oceania)and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors Scholarship for candidates committed to sustainability in the built environment.
A limited number of bursaries for a 10-30% reduction in course fees are offered on a competitive need basis.

A Sustainability Leadership Access Bursary is also available for between 10% and 50% of the Combined Graduate Fee.

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.

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.

Value chains stream only: A discounted rate is available for group applications.

 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

60 CATS points at level M

* Under normal circumstances, it is compulsory to attend workshops in-person in Cambridge; however, if this is not possible due to verifiable COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions, then online participation will be accommodated until the end of 2022. If it becomes necessary due to pandemic-related requirements mandated by the UK government and/or University, all or part of workshops may be delivered fully online. Full participation during core hours (typically 09.30 – 16.00 UK time) is still compulsory. CISL is well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand.
**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.

 

Course emphasis and format

Cambridge qualification:

Master of Studies Degree

Master of Studies Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Certificates

Focus:

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Sustainability Leadership 

(Business perspective)

Sustainable Business

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Sustainable Business (Organisational stream and Value chains stream) (PCSB)

 

Course emphasis

Building leadership capacity amongst diverse built environment professionals for strategic and evidence based decision-making and inventive and creative problem solving in interdisciplinary teams.

Specific leadership responses to complex sustainability challenges and opportunities in a business context, and building leadership capacity to think creatively, holistically and systemically.

Same as for PCSB, and in addition, also provides an opportunity to take ‘deeper dives’ into topical and emergent leadership responses to sustainability in a business context.

Equip built environment professionals to respond to complex sustainability challenges with a focus on individual and interdisciplinary actions and agency as a predictor of project outcomes. 

Equipping individuals to embed sustainability in their business context and catalyse system-level change. 

Who would benefit?

Mid-career professionals  involved in the financing, commissioning, design, assessment, construction and management of projects in the built environment who want to develop their capacity to deliver sustainable project outcomes and mobilise complex and diverse interdisciplinary teams, drawing on the research excellence of the University of Cambridge

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  involved in all aspects of the built environment who wish to gain a broad and action-oriented introduction to sustainability in the built environment as well as develop an understanding of effective interdisciplinary teamworking. 

Mid-career professionals who wish to gain a broad and action-oriented introduction to sustainability in a strategic business context. 

Duration and format

• Part time over 2 years

• 6 residential workshops in Cambridge**; each workshop is 6 days

• Part time over 2 years

• 24 days residential in Cambridge* via 4 workshops

• Part time over 3 years (PCSB plus 2 years for stage 2)
• 15 days residential in Cambridge* via workshops and Labs

• Part time over 10 months

• 12 days residential in Cambridge* via 2 workshops

• Part time over 9 months
• 8 days residential in Cambridge* via 2 workshops 

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.

Stage 1: As per assignments for PCSB 
Stage 2: Two individual assignments supported by a course Supervisor.

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 offered to candidates who wish to receive their certificate in person. 

Transfer between programmes

Alumni of the PG Cert IDBE can apply. If accepted, they pay a reduced fee and are exempt from the first-year assignments and the two workshops they already attended.

Alumni of PCSB (organisational or value chains streams, since 2008) can apply. If accepted, they pay a reduced fee and are exempt from the first-year assignments and the first workshop. 

From 2023PG Dip candidates can apply for a new MSt SL flexible route.

Alumni of the PCSB (organisational or value chains streams) 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.

A route to continue to a taught Master’s in Sustainability Leadership has been approved and will be available from 2023. 

 

Alumni can apply to attend the MSt IDBE. If accepted, they pay a reduced fee and are exempt from the first-year assignments and the two workshops they already attended.

Individuals who have completed the PCSB (organisational or value chains stream) (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 accepted on the MSt in Sustainability Leadership are exempt from the first-year assignments and the first MSt workshop.

Testimonials

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Read testimonials from previous IDBE students and watch videos about how attending IDBE could benefit your employer.

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