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The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) is a 9-month Master's-level postgraduate programme, delivered part time for working professionals.

The programme is designed to strengthen your leadership skills, help you embed sustainability in your organisation or across your supply chain to achieve positive, transformative change.

You can choose from two streams depending on your role and discipline, professional interests and learning needs.

Applications for 2022 entry are now closed. Details on applications for 2023 entry will be released shortly. 

Download the graduate study brochure to receive further information on both our Master’s and Postgraduate Certificate programmes.


Completing either of the streams successfully will lead to receiving a Certificate in Sustainable Business, accredited by the University of Cambridge. Both the Organisational stream and the Value Chains stream address how business can catalyse wider system-level change. The Organisational stream does so by addressing sustainability within the context of an organisation, whereas the Value Chains stream addresses a broader context: the whole value chain. Each of the streams have their own cohort of Tutors that provide expertise in specific thematic areas related to the stream.



Stream 1: Organisational



Stream 2: Value chains and markets (formerly PCSVC) 

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Embedding sustainability within the context of an organisation, from strategy through to operations.

Driving sustainability across an organisation’s supply chain and the markets in which it operates by creating value across the full life cycle of a product (from its conception to its end use). 

Find out more about the definition and characteristics of a value chain.

Who's it is for

Senior to mid-career professionals and managers interested in:

  • Embedding sustainability in organisational decision-making
  • Developing organisational strategy, policies, processes or products
  • Engaging internal and external stakeholders 

Senior to mid-career professionals and managers interested in:

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Enhancing sustainability or building resilience across their company’s supply chain
  • Engaging and influencing customers
  • Developing ‘circular’ approaches to resource use
  • Engaging peers across key sectors or regions to raise standards or address common challenges

What will you learn

  • A robust knowledge of global social, environmental and economic trends and how business can catalyse wider system-level change
  • How to develop the strategic business case for organisational change
  • How to embed sustainability into business action at an organisational level
  • How to lead organisational change
  • A robust knowledge of global social, environmental and economic trends and how business can catalyse wider system-level change
  • How to develop the strategic business case for embedding sustainability across value chains and markets
  • New approaches, tools and techniques for developing resilient and sustainable value chains
  • How to influence and engage customers, to shape the market context and embed sustainability across value chains


Stream 1: organisational focus curriculum 

Stream 2: supply chains and markets curriculum


Stream 1: Tutors

Stream 2: Tutors




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“I signed up for a course and left with a new network.” Helen McTaggart, Senior Sustainability Manager at Amazon on how undertaking PCSB: value chains enabled her to strengthen her professional network.

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“It was incredibly satisfying to translate an idea originating at CISL into a collaborative programme of this scale” Richard Bond, Global Senior Manager Sustainability at Lavazza Professional on how studying PCSB: value chains improved his communication and leadership skills

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“The programme allowed me to take stock of the areas that really interested me and to understand where I could have the strongest impact.” Ana Holden-Peters, Sustainability Lead at Bakkafrost describes how studying the PCSB led her to focus on her own purpose as a sustainability leader and change her career path

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“The course has delivered innovative insights and has expanded our network within companies addressing similar sustainability challenges.” Paul Cassell, Vehicle Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover on studying the PCSB – supply chains and markets.



Course accreditation

Successful completion of the PCSB results in a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Cambridge (60 CATS points at Level M).

PCSB alumni are welcome to apply for the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership (worth 180 CATS points) or use the credit gained toward the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PG Dip, worth 120 CATS points)

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 demandFind 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 graduate courses as they give you an overview of our programmes and admissions process for 2021 applications and can answer your questions.


Quick links

All graduate courses

Who should apply?

Delivery format


Organisational stream curriculum

Value Chain stream curriculum

What is a Value Chain?

Value Chain-related publications

Employer benefits

Admission requirements

Sources of funding 

Student impact stories

Register for the Meet the Directors webinar

FAQs on our sustainable business courses


emma fromberg

Emma Fromberg Programme Manager