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The Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PG Dip) is a Master's-level accredited programme from the University of Cambridge. Designed for senior and mid-career professionals, it is a flexible, practically-applied option for continued professional development, exploring innovations in sustainable business.

Applications for new 2022 Diploma candidates are now closed. Details on applications for 2023 entry will be released shortly. 

Alumni of the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business: Organisational or Value Chains streams, can apply for Stage 2, starting in September 2022. Apply for a place here.



"The course gave me the confidence to introduce sustainability as part of my organisation’s discourse and the ability to articulate the potential for change."

John Midgley, BGS UKGEOS Technical Manager, Energy Geoscience Ltd


Aims and benefits

The Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business is part of CISL’s mission to empower individuals and organisations to take leadership to tackle critical global challenges.

More specifically, it aims to provide an academically grounded, highly participatory and applied forum for learning around topical sustainability issues, to help professionals develop:

  • a strong foundation in wider global social, environmental and economic trends, and the strategic business case for change;
  • the knowledge, skills and confidence to critically engage with a range of strategies and tools for practical action; and
  • an ongoing capacity to work with others to co-create solutions to complex problems, and contribute to a wider community of learning and practice.


"My objective was to learn more on the usage of business model innovation tools and the objective was achieved."

Galina Shishkova, PG Diploma student, Project Manager, Global Sustainability, C&A


Programme structure

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) comprises two stages.

PG Dip Stage 1 consists of the 9 month Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (Organisational or Value chains stream).

PG Dip Stage 2: following successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, participants move to the 2 year PG Dip Stage 2.

Read about the key components of the Postgraduate Diploma.


"The individual assignments set throughout the course gave me the opportunity to reflect on the topics that we had learnt and how these could be applied to real world examples. They answered questions that I had asked throughout my career."

Galina Parmenter, PG Diploma student, Project Manager, Global Sustainability, C&A



Successful completion of the course results in a Postgraduate Diploma awarded by the University of Cambridge. This carries 120 CATS points at Level M and is equivalent to two-third of a Master's degree.

Following successful completion of the PG Dip candidates can apply to continue to a full Masters via our new MSt Sustainability Leadership flexible route (Stage 3). This third stage takes an additional 2 years. Details of this route are available here.

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Postgraduate programmes starting in 2022 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out more.

Blog: First-class postgraduate education in a Covid-19 world





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emma fromberg

Emma Fromberg Programme Manager