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Admission requirements, applying, fees and funding

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


Applicants requiring time to obtain organisational approval, visas to study, secure funding, and/or make travel or other arrangements are encouraged to apply as early as possible. You should expect to receive an update on your application status within one month of applying.

Admission requirements

Besides enthusiasm and commitment, applicants must have:

  • at least a 2.i honours bachelor’s degree (or successful completion of a master’s degree) from a UK University, or an equivalent standard from a recognised overseas institution.* (If you do not meet this requirement, then please refer to the notes below.)
  • a minimum of three years' work experience after graduation
  • demonstrable enthusiasm and/or aptitude for sustainability leadership
  • good ability in written and spoken English language. Please refer to the detailed requirements here.
  • endorsement from your employer or, if independent, from an organisation that will be the focus of your work on the programme
  • access to appropriate computer technology and internet software
  • the ability to pay the course fees or to identify a sponsoring institution.

*If you have not previously studied in the UK, it is important to check your relevant country guidelines to ensure the qualifications you hold are considered suitable preparation for entry to your chosen course. Please refer to the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions website where you can look at country specific guidelines.

If you are in any doubt about your existing qualification please contact and we will be able to provide advice.

Guidance on the supporting documents required for applications can be found here.

Template for research proposal

Please note:

  • Exceptional candidates who do not meet the above standard academic requirements may be considered, based on the ability to demonstrate suitability for postgraduate study through professional and other attainments. The submission of a GMAT or GRE score may be useful for supporting your case (achieving at least the 50th percentile in every sub-score eg verbal, quants in a single test) would be useful for supporting your case. 
  • Completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (organisational or value chains stream) successfully does not negate the need to satisfy the above requirements; however the results can potentially be used to support the admission of ‘non-standard’ candidates if, typically, at least a B grade is achieved.


Please contact the Programme Manager for advice if you are uncertain about your eligibility. If you email a copy of your curriculum vitae, we can give you an initial indication of whether we believe the course will suit you.

Terms and conditions


Visa requirements

Students from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will require a short-term study visa to attend the residential workshops during the course. Further details can be found on the University of Cambridge International Students website



The Combined Graduate Fee (VAT-exempt) for the Master’s is £25,926 (£12,963 p/a). Approximately 25 per cent of this covers membership of a Cambridge College. It excludes accommodation and meals; however, reasonably priced College accommodation is offered.

CISL Postgraduate Certificate Alumni

Postgraduate Certificate alumni (since 2008) who are accepted on to the MSt in Sustainability Leadership pay a reduced fee of £21,076 (£10,538 p/a). The same inclusions and exclusions apply. (To attend the Master's, alumni must satisfy the Master's-specific admissions requirements and apply successfully via the competitive admissions process).

Read more about sources of funding.

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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: 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