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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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

Admission requirements


Academic requirement:

For the continuous route, applicants must have at least a good 2.1 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*. (Candidates that do not meet this requirement, then please refer to the notes below.)

For the flexible route, stage 3, applicants must have completed the CISL PG Diploma in Sustainable Business (stages 1 and 2) before the start of the MSt stage. PG Diploma alumni would typically be expected to achieve an overall grade B or above in the Diploma in order to be accepted to the MSt stage 3. Students in the final year of their Diploma studies can apply for the MSt stage 3 ahead of knowing their final overall Diploma grade.

As a minimum, all applicants to both routes must have:

  • academic qualification as above
  • a minimum of three years' work experience after graduation
  • good ability in written and spoken English language. Please see below for more details of the English language requirement 
  • 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.

In addition, when reviewing applications, the selection panel will be looking for evidence of:

  • demonstrable commitment to and/or enthusiasm and aptitude for sustainability leadership
  • ability apply learning to influence change in an organisation, sector or wider system
  • awareness of sustainability and/or leadership issues
  • potential to benefit from the programme for personal or professional development
  • appropriate suggestions for original research of suitable ambition and scope, demonstrated via the research proposal (see template below)

*If a candidate has not previously studied in the UK, it is important to check relevant country guidelines to ensure the qualifications held are considered suitable preparation for entry to the course. Please refer to the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Admissions website where country specific guidelines can be found.

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) would meet the academic requirement listed above. Candidates who do not have a good 2:1 honours degree may wish to consider applying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) in order to strengthen a future Master’s application.

For candidates in doubt of their existing qualification, please contact masters@cisl.cam.ac.uk and we will be able to provide advice.

 

Supporting documents


Ahead of starting an application please see this guidance on the essential supporting documents.

Candidates are advised to use this template to demonstrate their research proposal for either the continuous route dissertation or the flexible route research essay.

 

Selection Process


The highest calibre candidates are selected via a rigorous process, and then approved by the Judge Business School's Degree Committee and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.

Applications are considered as they are received on a rolling admissions basis. We typically receive a large volume of applications towards the closing date, hence applying as early as possible can increase the likelihood of receiving an early indication of the likely/final outcome. This can be especially helpful for applicants requiring time to obtain organisational approval, funding or visas to study, or make other travel or personal arrangements.

All applicants should expect to receive an update on the progress of their application within 6 weeks. The initial update for early applicants will usually indicate one of the following:

  1. offer of a place recommended
  2. transfer (with applicant approval) for consideration for admission via the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (applies to applicants to the continuous route only)
  3. rejection
  4. held for consideration with all the applications after the closing date.

We aim to make firm decisions (1-3) as early as possible via a rigorous selection process in relation to our admissions criteria. If the decision is to hold the application (4), then the applicant should expect to hear back on the final outcome within 6 weeks of the closing date.

 

Eligibility


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

 

Language requirement


If your first language is not English, then you must meet the University’s English language requirement, currently:

  • IELTS Academic: Overall score of 7.5 (a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 110 (a minimum of 25 in each individual component)
  • C1 (CAE): Grade A and B (overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185) plus a Language Centre assessment
  • C2 (CPE): Grade A, B, or C (overall score of 200 with no element lower than 185)
 

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

Strengthen your leadership skills, embed sustainability in your organisation, and further your career.

Study a part-time postgraduate course via a combination of workshops and e-modules.

 

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 2023 applications and can answer your questions.

 

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