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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Graduation of Master's Students; photo credit Neal Mehta, MSt 2010–12


We receive a large volume of applications and review applications on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Applicants requiring time to obtain organisational approval, funding or visas to study or make other travel or personal arrangements are also encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Applicants should expect to receive an update on the progress of their application within 6 weeks.


Admission requirements

Besides enthusiasm and commitment, applicants must have:

  • at least a good 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 Postgraduate 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 would be useful for supporting your case (achieving at least the 50th percentile in every sub-score e.g. verbal, quants in a single test). 
  • 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 Course Administrator 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


Selection process

The highest calibre candidates are selected via a rigorous process endorsed by an Academic Advisory Committee comprising representatives from the associated Departments, and then approved by the Judge Business School's Degree Committee and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.

Visa requirements

Students who do not hold a UK or Irish passport will need immigration permission in order to come to the UK and study at Cambridge. Further details can be found on the University of Cambridge International Students website

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Graduate programmes starting in 2022 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out moreFind out more.

Blog: First-class postgraduate education in a Covid-19 world


Programme overview


Meet the Directors

Join a webinar session hosted by the Directors of our part-time postgraduate courses as they give you an overview of our programmes and admissions process for 2022 applications and can answer your questions.


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