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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Who should apply?

The Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership is designed for senior and mid-career professionals  who want to enhance their ability to respond to sustainability challenges and are looking to further their own personal development in the field.

The content of the programme is predominantly focused towards sustainability in a business context, although the programme also welcomes applicants from the public sector and NGOs. Applicants from these sectors who want to understand how business is tackling sustainability challenges, and therefore gain the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively with business, will benefit from attending the programme.

Applicants from outside the UK

The part-time course has been designed to be accessible for students based throughout the world. The content is internationally relevant though it should be noted that the programme is developed and delivered predominantly by a Cambridge based team.

There are no restrictions on citizenship, country of residence or fee status of students. International students are eligible for the same fee as home students.


“I decided to pursue the academic programme at Cambridge to deepen my understanding of systems thinking and better understand the intersectionality of poverty and climate change. In addition, the programme structure enabled me to balance my career and attracted talented people from all over the world.”

Natasha Walji, Sector Lead for Telco, Government, Entertainment & Technology at Google Canada


Our Master’s students explain how the unique opportunities provided by the programme have helped them to collaborate, learn from industry and academic experts, and bring about change in their organisations. Their sustainability studies will be applied to real challenges and opportunities in the private, public and NGO sectors. Read more here

Learn more about employer benefits and support as well as the Cambridge approach to learning.


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Master's course overview

Who should apply?

Admission requirements

Funding opportunities

Learning approach and time commitment


Assignment Supervisors

Dissertation Supervisors

Flexible Route Supervisors

College Membership

Student blogs

Employer benefits and information

What's the difference between an MSc and an MSt?

Programme governance

Frequently asked questions


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