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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business


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, option for continued professional development, combining a practical focus with academic rigour, and exploring innovations in sustainable business.

The PG Diploma can be taken as a standalone award or used towards a Masters in Sustainability Leadership via the flexible route.

Download the postgraduate study brochure to receive further information on both our Master’s and Postgraduate Certificate programmes.


About the Postgraduate Diploma 

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;
  • strategies and suggestions for changed based on the latest theoretical and practical developments shaping sustainable practices;
  • 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.


Programme structure

The Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) comprises two stages.

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

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

The full PG Diploma takes 3 years to complete if students progress immediately from Stage 1 to Stage 2, but students can elect to take a break between the stages. Places for stage 2 cannot be deferred and students electing to take a gap will need to reapply for 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, Project Manager, Global Sustainability, C&A


Accreditation and progression options

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-thirds of a Master's degree.

Following successful completion of the PG Dip, alumni can apply to continue to a full Masters via our new Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership flexible route (Stage 3). This third stage takes an additional 2 years of part-time study. Details of this route are available here.