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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, practically-applied option for continued professional development, exploring innovations in sustainable business.

Alumni of the PG Cert in Sustainable Business or Sustainable Value Chains (since 2008) can apply for the PG Diploma at any time. Apply for a place here.

For candidates who have not yet completed the PG Cert, applications for 2019 entry have now closed. Applications for 2020 entry will reopen in early September 2019. To be notified when applications reopen please email .


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
  • an on-going capacity to work with others to co-create solutions to complex problems, and contribute to a wider community of learning and practice.

Download the detailed learning outcomes


"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) in Sustainable Business comprises two parts.

Part 1 consists of completing one of the Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business (PCSB).  Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate, participants move to the individually tailored PG Dip Part 2.

Read about the key components of the Postgraduate Diploma.



Successful completion of the PG Dip 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.

It is not currently possible to transfer credit from the PG Dip to the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership.

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Workshop dates for PCSB (Part 1 of the Diploma)

2019 intake

Workshop 1: 15-18 July 2019
Workshop 2: 18-21 November 2019

2018 intake

Workshop 1: 2–5 July 2018
Workshop 2: 12–15 November 2018