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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Key Details

University of Cambridge qualification:

Master of Studies Degree

Master of Studies Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Certificate

Course title:

Sustainability Leadership (continuous route)

Sustainability Leadership (flexible route)

Sustainable Business

Sustainable Business (PCSB)

Part of MSt flexible route?

No. This is a continuous route to the same Masters award Yes. Stage 3 of the three-stage award. Yes. Stages 1 and 2 of the three-stage award. Yes. Stage 1 of the three-stage award.

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 PG Diploma or Master’s Sustainability Leadership is available.

Duration and format

Part time over 2 years. 24 days residential in Cambridge via 4 workshops Taught in 3 stages. Part time over a minimum of 5 years. Students can take up to 10 years to complete, inclusive of gaps between the 3 stages. 23 days residential in Cambridge via 8 workshops (2 in stage 1, 3 in stage 2 and 3 in stage 3)

Part time over 3 years (PCSB plus 2 years for stage 2)

15.5 days residential in Cambridge via 5 workshops (2 in stage 1 and 3 in stage 2)

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

Application dates

Applications for 2023 open on 1 September 2022 (closing midday UK time 31 January 2023).

Applications for 2023 open on 1 September 2022 (closing 2 March 2023 for new applications (stages 1 and 2) and 16 May 2023 for applications from PG Cert alumni (since 2008) to stage 2 only).

Applications for 2023 open on 1 September 2022 (closing 2 March 2023).

Workshop dates

Provisional 2023 workshop dates:

Workshop 1: 10-16 September 2023

Workshop 2: 7-13 April 2024

Workshop 3: 15-21 December 2024

Workshop 4: 6-12 July 2025

In addition to the residential workshops, students must attend a virtual dissertation conference, date TBC.

See PCSB (far right) for 2023 stage 1 workshop dates.

See PG Diploma (right) for 2023 stage 2 workshop dates.

Stage 3 students must choose 3 workshops to attend, to be discussed and agreed with the programme team before starting. Available options for students starting stage 3 in 2023 are:

10-16 December 2023

7-13 April 2024

7 - 13 July 2024

15-21 December 2024

6-12 April 2025

6-12 July 2025

See PCSB (right) for stage 1 workshop dates.

Stage 2 students must choose 3 workshops to attend, to be discussed and agreed with the programme team before starting. Available options for students starting stage 2 in 2023 are:

10-16 December 2023

7-13 April 2024

15-21 December 2024

6-12 April 2025

Provisional 2023 workshop dates:

Workshop 1: 10 - 13 July 2023

Workshop 2: 20 - 23 November 2023

Time commitment

1 day per week (8 hours) on directed learning, independent study, reading, accessing one-to-one support, and completing work for assessment. Students admitted to the programme are also expected to be in a position to undertake personal reflection, apply the learning in practice and/or gain relevant practical experience related to the themes of the programme for at least 1 day per week.

During stage 1 students will need to spend 1 day per week (8 hours) on directed learning, independent study, reading, accessing one-to-one support, and completing work for assessment. Students admitted to the programme are also expected to be in a position to undertake personal reflection, apply the learning in practice and/or gain relevant practical experience related to the themes of the programme for at least 1 day per week.

Stages 2 and 3 are designed to deliver content at a less intensive pace. For Stages 2 and 3 the expected time commitment outside of workshops is half that of Stage 1, at approximately 0.5 days (4 hours) per week.

1 day per week (8 hours) on directed learning, independent study, reading, accessing one-to-one support, and completing work for assessment. Students admitted to the programme are also expected to be in a position to undertake personal reflection, apply the learning in practice and/or gain relevant practical experience related to the themes of the programme for at least 1 day per week.

Fees

£29,370 (£14,685 p/a). The fee includes membership of a Cambridge College. It excludes accommodation and meals; however, reasonably priced College accommodation is offered.

Applicants will be expected to cover the application fee (£50 online). Field trips, gala dinners, matriculation and other group photos are optional additional costs.

PG Cert alumni (since 2008) pay a reduced fee of £21,947 (£10,973 p/a)

Fees are charged in 3 parts, at the start of each stage

See PCSB (far right) for 2023 stage 1 fees.

See PG Diploma (right) for 2023 stage 2 fees (or stages 1 and 2 combined fee, if applying to both stages).

2023 fee for stage 3 is £15,205 (£7602.50 p/a). The fee includes membership of a Cambridge College. It excludes accommodation and meals; however, reasonably priced College accommodation is offered.

Applicants will be expected to cover the application fee (£50 online). Field trips, gala dinners, matriculation and other group photos are optional additional costs.

£16,729, which includes all teaching fees, learning materials, accommodation for the Cambridge workshops for stages 1 and 2. Fees do not include travel costs.  

PG Cert alumni (since 2008) pay £8,105 (additional to the original Postgraduate Certificate fee) to complete stage 2 starting in September 2023.

£8,623, which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops. Fees do not include travel costs.

Bursaries

A CISL Sustainability Leadership Access Bursary is available for up to 50% of the Combined Graduate Fee.

Additional bursaries are available from Chanel.

See PCSB (far right) and PG Diploma (right) for details of funding available for stages 1 and 2.

For stage 3 a Sustainability Leadership Access Bursary is available for between 10% and 50% of the Combined Graduate Fee.

Limited bursary funding is available for deserving candidates who can demonstrate a clear case for financial need, this could include applicants from low income backgrounds, developing countries, or without access to company or other funding sources. Limited bursary funding is available for deserving candidates who can demonstrate a clear case for financial need, this could include applicants from low income backgrounds, developing countries, or without access to company or other funding sources.

 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

*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.

 

Additional information

University of Cambridge qualification:

Master of Studies Degree

Master of Studies Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Certificates

Course title:

Sustainability Leadership (continuous route)

Sustainability Leadership (flexible route)

Sustainable Business

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

 

Who would benefit?

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.

The continuous route is suited to candidates who know they wish to achieve a full Master’s and have the time and funding to commit to 2 years of study.

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.

The flexible route is suited to candidates who may wish to take time to determine the level of academic award that will most benefit them, or who prefer to extend their studies over a longer period, at a slower pace.

Mid-career professionals who wish to enhance their existing knowledge and gain a higher qualification through a flexible course, combining a practical focus with academic rigour. Mid-career professionals who wish to gain a broad and action-oriented introduction to sustainability in a strategic business context. 

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.

See PCSB (far right) for stage 1 assignments.

See PG Diploma (right) for stage 2 assignments.

Stage 3: 10,000-word research essay, under the direction of an academic Supervisor.

See PCSB (right) for stage 1 assignments.

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. During stage 3 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. 

Progression between programmes

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.

PG Diploma students cannot transfer to the continuous route.

The MSt flexible route is taught in three stages. Candidates can apply for each stage individually, and take gaps in between, but all three stages must be completed within 10 years.

Applicants can apply to stages 1 and 2 as a single Diploma programme.

Applicants can only apply to stage 3 once they have completed the PG Diploma, or while they are in their final year of Diploma studes.

Individuals who have completed the PG Diploma can use the credit gained to upgrade their qualification to the MSt in Sustainability Leadership flexible route, via completion of stage 3.

 

Individuals who have completed 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 continuous route are exempt from the first-year assignments and the first MSt workshop.

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