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Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership

Applications for the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership 2020 intake will open in September 2019. To register your interest please email

About the Master's

The Master's helps to develop leaders who can respond effectively to the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world and lead others to achieve positive change.


The Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership is a full Master’s degree, delivered part time over two years for working professionals. It is part of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's (CISL) mission to empower individuals and organisations to take leadership to tackle critical global challenges.

It is fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, and is delivered as an interdisciplinary programme by CISL, in association with the Departments of ArchitectureEngineeringGeographyLand Economy and the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Both academic excellence and practical application in a business context are prioritised in the competitive selection process, and in the design and delivery of the programme. Assessment is through short practical assignments and an extended research dissertation.

The programme celebrates its 11th cohort in 2020, and attracts an exceptional calibre of senior and mid-career leaders from all across the world, and a range of business sectors. Applicants may wish to formalise their credentials as sustainability professionals, or gain a better understanding of how sustainability risks and opportunities apply to mainstream business functions. We likewise appeal to leaders from the not-for-profit or public sectors who wish to work together with the private sector to address sustainability challenges.

Read about the impact of our graduate programmes from our students.


Aims and curriculum

Through a combination of interdisciplinary insights, academic analysis, practical business application, peer learning and personal reflection, the Master's aims to develop a community of leaders who have:

  • a wide awareness and deep understanding of the social, environmental, ethical and economic challenges and opportunities facing the world
  • the vision and ambition to drive business leadership to achieve real systems change
  • the knowledge, experience and ability to critically evaluate a range of strategic levers for change
  • the leadership capacity and confidence at a personal and organisational level to best use these levers to effect transformation

The Master's helps to develop leaders who can respond effectively to the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world and lead others to achieve positive change.

The following modules are covered at the workshops / via online learning:

  1. Sustainability Concepts, Trends and Pressures
  2. The Business Case for Action
  3. Leadership for Sustainability
  4. Employment & Operational Practices
  5. Cooperation, Collaboration & Partnership
  6. Sustainable Production & Consumption
  7. Sustainable Design & Technology
  8. Government Policy & Regulations
  9. Sustainable Finance & Investment
  10. Business Models, Strategy & Corporate Governance
  11. International Governance
  12. Communication, Advocacy & Education

E-modules: Research Skills, Leadership for Sustainability, Corporate Philanthropy

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2020 intake workshop dates

Workshop 1: 30 Aug-05 Sept 2020
Workshop 2: 11-17 April 2021
Workshop 3: 05-11 Sept 2021
Workshop 4: 03-09 April 2022

2019 intake workshop dates

Workshop 1: 22–28 September 2019
Workshop 2: 29 March–4 April 2020
Workshop 3: 13–19 September 2020   
Workshop 4: 31 11–17 April 2021 

2018 intake workshop dates

Workshop 1: 16–22 September 2018 
Workshop 2: 31 March–6 April 2019
Workshop 3: 1–7 September 2019   
Workshop 4: 29 March–4 April 2020