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Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB)

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

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

Within the course, you can choose from two streams depending on your role and discipline, professional interests and learning needs.

Applications for 2020 entry will open in early September 2019.  To be notified when applications open please email


Stream 1: organisational focus



Stream 2: supply 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). 

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 supply chains and markets
  • New approaches, tools and techniques for developing resilient and sustainable supply chains
  • How to influence and engage customers, to shape the market context and embed sustainability across supply 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 – supply chains and markets 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 for Sustainability at Mars Drinks on how studying PCSB – supply chains and markets 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 details and accreditation

A 9 month part time course, the PCSB is fully accredited by the University of Cambridge.

The course is:

  • Widely regarded as the leading Master's-level programme globally for individuals seeking to enhance their ability to lead and influence change for sustainability.
  • Designed to enable you to catalyse change within, and beyond, your own organisation by strengthening your leadership skills to deliver sustainable change and develop ethical and resilient supply chains that are fit for the future.
  • Delivered through a blended approach of online learning and residential workshops in Cambridge.
  • 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)

Build knowledge and confidence to lead change in your organisation and across value chains. 

Study a 9-month part-time Postgraduate Certificate course via online learning and residential workshops.

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2019 workshop dates

Workshop 1: 15-18 July 2019
Workshop 2: 18-21 November 2019

2020 workshop dates

Workshop 1: 13-16 July 2020
Workshop 2: 23-26 November 2020

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