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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

CISL postgraduate courses are widely regarded as some of the best in the world. Discover about the distinctive benefits of engaging in part-time education on business sustainability and leadership with the University of Cambridge.



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 about how alumni of our postgraduate programmes have used their CISL learning to enhance their personal leadership and transform their organisation’s business practices. 

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


Who should apply?

The Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership is designed for senior and mid-career professionals and managers 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 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.

Typical job titles of applicants include seniority descriptors, such as Director, Head, Vice President, Manager, Advisor, or Consultant; and/or functional descriptors, such as:

  • sustainability; social; environmental; energy/carbon
  • corporate (social) responsibility; public affairs 
  • strategy; risk; policy; development
  • human resources; people
  • projects; operations; sales; distribution; research.


“The network of people I now have met through CISL is inspiring and knowledgeable in so many industries”

Valerie Labi, IDE Ghana


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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