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Admission requirements, applying, fees and funding

Applications to the 2021 programme are now closed. Applications for 2022 open in September 2021. Download the graduate study brochure to receive further information on both our Master’s and Postgraduate Certificate programmes.

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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, required time commitment for the programme and ideally support for the assignments being undertaken in the context of a sustainability challenge/opportunity relevant to the organisation, 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

Participants 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 the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business can be found in the overview table. The fee includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the second workshop in Cambridge.    

Please note:

The above fee does not cover travel to Cambridge for the second workshop.

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.

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 2021 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out more.

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emma fromberg

Emma Fromberg Programme Manager