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Admission requirements, applying, fees and funding

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

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Requirements of applicants

  • Possession of an undergraduate degree from a recognised university, or evidence of equivalent work experience/achievement and ability to read for a Master's-level programme
  • An acceptable ability in written and spoken English language (evidence will be required of participants’ proficiency if English is not their first language)
  • A minimum of 3 years’ work experience after graduation
  • An endorsement from their employing institution supporting their application and required time commitment for the programme, or – if independent – from an acceptable institution familiar with their work
  • Interest in and commitment to sustainability
  • Academic and/or professional excellence
  • Commitment to using learning from the programme to lead or influence change within their business context
  • Access to appropriate computer technology and internet software
  • Ability to pay the course fees or identify a sponsoring institution
  • Ability to attend both workshops


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


Application and selection process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis during the application period. Applications requiring time to obtain organisational approval, visas to study, secure funding, and/or make travel or other arrangements are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

The selection process will adjudicate candidates against the above criteria. Whilst academic performance is one of the criteria that we will review in order to identify the strongest candidates, we will also consider other indicators of ability.

Download an overview of the application stages.



The course fee for a Postgraduate Certificate is £7,848 which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops.  

Please note:

The above fee does not cover travel to Cambridge for the residential sessions.  

As this programme does not require college membership, there are no additional college fees.

Fees are the same for both UK and overseas participants.


Group discount (value chains stream only)

A discounted rate is available for group applications. Companies may choose to make use of the discount, for example to facilitate the participation of an external partner, or to reduce the cost of sending a cross-functional team. Please for more information. 


Loans and bursaries

Bursary funding has been made available for deserving candidates who are currently prevented from applying due to financial reasons. These will offer financial support of 10–30 per cent of the programme fee, and in some exceptional cases up to 50 per cent of the programme fee, to assist selected applicants. Bursaries are normally awarded to candidates from developing countries, self-funding individuals, those affiliated with a non-governmental organisation or the public sector and occasionally to SMEs. Successful applicants will meet all the programme requirements.

Candidates should apply through the normal route and indicate on the application form their request to be considered for a bursary. On the application form applicants will be asked to submit a one page that describes:

  • why they require a bursary to attend
  • how they meet the eligibility requirements for receiving a bursary
  • an indication of the amount of support required
  • how attendance at the programme will impact them
  • any other compelling reasons why a bursary should be awarded
  • how they have pursued all other available funding opportunities.

Participants awarded a bursary might be asked to provide evidence that they are able to pay the remaining programme fees. They will also be asked to submit a short testimony for the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership website describing their experiences on the course.

Residents of the UK or EU might be eligible for a Government loan scheme for part-time students studying for higher qualifications.

In addition to this we have compiled a list of resources, which might be helpful in identifying potential sources of funding. Generally, funding for part-time study is limited, since the format is considered to be geared towards employee-supported and/or self-funded students.

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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