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Admission requirements, applying, fees and funding


Applicants requiring time to obtain organisational approval, secure visas to study, obtain 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 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 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

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 2021 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out more.

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