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Sustainability presentation

The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB)  is delivered part time over nine months. As an applied, practitioner-oriented programme, it is based on a blended approach to learning, offering face-to-face and virtual components.


Participants will:

  • Participate in two four-day workshops (for specific dates, please see the details in the right-hand column of this page). Two streams are delivered separately over the same dates, with some selected opportunities for cross-participation between the two groups
  • Engage in a range of reading and reflection, in preparation for the workshops
  • Undertake two individual practical assignments based on applying learning in their own organisational or value chain context
  • Undertake a group project with a small group of 5–8 participants, supported by a programme tutor. Groups work on their projects both at and between workshops, and an online platform is provided to aid collaboration
  • Co-operate with fellow participants, share ideas generously and contribute to the fullest extent.


Changes for 2022 delivery


PCSB workshops in 2022 are expected to be delivered in-person in Cambridge. Under normal circumstances, it is compulsory to attend all workshops in-person in Cambridge; however, if this is not possible due to verifiable COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions, then online participation will be accommodated until the end of 2022. If it becomes necessary due to pandemic-related requirements mandated by the UK government and/or University, all or part of workshops may be delivered fully online. Full participation during core hours (typically 09.30 – 16.00 UK time) is still compulsory. CISL is well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand.


Time commitment

In addition to attending the residential workshops, it is estimated that to complete the programme successfully participants will need to spend the equivalent of 1 day per week (8 hours) on directed learning, independent study, reading, accessing one-to-one support, and completing work for assessment. Participants admitted to the programme are also expected to be in a position to undertake personal reflection, apply the learning in practice and/or gain relevant practical experience related to the themes of the programme for at least 1 day per week. This is an average across the 9 months of the programme for a typical participant, and variations in individual approaches to scheduling and learning can result in weeks where the workload may be heavier or lighter.  


Learning approach

As practitioner-oriented programmes, the learning approach is highly interactive, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and designed to encourage reflection and debate. The programme facilitates shared learning between peers, benchmarking against other organisations, and networking with the extensive range of contributors, together providing a rich learning environment.

mst learning journey

Four key principles underpin CISL’s distinctive approach to learning:

  • Flexibility – the programme is designed for an internationally diverse cohort, working full time. The intensive workshops are blended with a flexible e-learning programme and dedicated tutor support for assignments.
  • Peer-learning – participants come from a wide range of functions, sectors, and geographies. Sharing experiences and insights builds a deeper understanding of how the business world can respond to the challenges of sustainability.
  • Practical relevance – the programme equips participants with the skills to translate cutting edge academic insight into practical relevance. Business case studies are an integral part of the learning approach, alongside hearing from leading industry figures. Assignments are focused on professional or institutional contexts.
  • Personal application – participants are encouraged to identify personal opportunities for leadership and engage in reflective practice throughout the programme, supported by peers and tutors.



Programme overview


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emma fromberg

Emma Fromberg Programme Manager