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Admission requirements

Applications for 2023 entry are now open.

Download the postgraduate study brochure to receive further information on our postgraduate programmes.

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Admissions requirements

Besides enthusiasm and commitment, applicants must have:

  • 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
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm and/or aptitude for sustainability leadership
  • 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 who do not hold a UK or Irish passport will need immigration permission in order to come to the UK and study at Cambridge. Further details can be found on the University of Cambridge International Students website


Application and selection process

The Selection Panel will adjudicate applicants against the above criteria. While academic performance is one of the criteria used to identify the strongest candidates, we will also consider the other listed indicators of ability.

Applications are considered as they are received, on a rolling admissions basis. We typically receive a large volume of applications towards the closing date, hence applying as early as possible can increase the likelihood of receiving an early indication of the likely/final outcome. This can be especially helpful for applicants requiring time to obtain organisational approval, funding or visas to study, or make other travel or personal arrangements. Applicants should expect to receive an update on the progress of their application within 6 weeks.

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 workshops in Cambridge.

Please note:

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

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

Fees are the same for both UK and overseas students.


Group discount (Value chains stream only)

For the stream focusing on value chains, we welcome applications from organisations that want to send a group of students, who may be: a cross-functional team; representatives from an existing or emerging collaboration; a team from particular department or business unit; and/or a group comprising a specific role(s) across a number of departments or business units.

discounted rate is available for such group applications. Companies may choose to make use of the discount to facilitate the participation of an external partner, for example. Please contact us for more information.

Please note that each nominated group member will need to submit an individual application that meet the formal requirements, and be selected via the normal competitive selection process.


Funding 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 10–50 per cent of the programme fee to assist selected applicants. For more details of this bursary and other known funding options, please see the Sources of Funding page.




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 2023 applications and can answer your questions.


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Organisational stream curriculum

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What is a Value Chain?

Value Chain-related publications

Employer benefits

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Sources of funding 

Student impact stories

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emma fromberg

Emma Fromberg Programme Manager