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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 Certificate 

Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business

Focus:

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Sustainability Leadership 

(Business perspective)

Sustainable Business

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Organisational stream


Value chains stream

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 Master’s IDBE is available.

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

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.

Those involved in all aspects of the built environment who are practitioner focused and not in a position to undertake 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 week-long 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 years
• 15 days residential in Cambridge via workshops and Labs

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

• Part time over 9 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. Develops leaders who can respond to sustainability challenges and design opportunities in the built environment sector.  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

£21,450 (£10,725 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 pay a reduced fee of £21,076 (£10,538 p/a).

£25,926 (£12,963 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 £21,076 (£10,538 p/a) 

£14,342 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 £7,848(additional to the original Postgraduate Certificate fee).

£5,960 which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops. Fees do not include travel costs.

£7,848 which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops. 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 Certificate 

Postgraduate Certificates

Focus:

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Sustainability Leadership 

(Business perspective)

Sustainable Business

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Organisational perspective


Value chains perspective


Application and key dates

Applications for 2020 open on 2 September 2019 (closing June 2020).

2020 intake dates:

Workshop 1:

  • 06-12  Sept  2020
  • Workshop 2:
  • 13-19 Dec 2020
  • Workshop 3:
  • 28 Mar – 03 Apr 2021

Workshops 4,5 & 6 TBC 

Applications for 2020 open on 2 September 2019 (closing February 2020).

2020 intake dates:

  • Workshop 1: 30 Aug- 5 Sept 2020
  • Workshop 2: 11-17 Apr 2021
  • Workshop 3: 5-11 Sept 2021
  • Workshop 4: 03-09 Apr 2022

Applications for 2020 open on2 September 2019 (closing March 2020).

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

Applications for 2020 open on 2 September 2019 (closing June 2020).

2020 intake dates:

  • Workshop 1: 06-12  Sept  2020
  • Workshop 2: 13-19 Dec 2020 

Applications for 2020 open on 2 September 2019 (closing March 2020).

2020 intake dates:

  • Workshop 1: 13-16 July 2020
  • Workshop 2: 23-26 Nov 2020   

Bursaries and discounts

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

 A limited number of bursaries for a10-30 per cent reduction in course fee are offered on a competitive 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.

Value chains stream only: 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: Two short business relevant assignments and delivery of a webinar under the direction of a specialist course 

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 residential workshop.

Alumni of the PG Certs in Sustainable Business (organisational or value chains streams) can apply. 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 SL. A route to continue to a taught Master’s is being developed.

Alumni of the PG Certs in Sustainable Business (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.

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

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 residential workshop.

Individuals who have completed the PG Certs in Sustainable Business (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 enrolling on the MSt in Sustainability Leadership are exempt from the first-year assignments and the first residential workshop.

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