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Applications for 2022 new candidates entry are now closed. Details on applications for 2023 entry will be released shortly. PCSB/VC alumni are still able to apply to continue their studies until 30 June 2022, find out more here. 

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

Alumni of the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business; Organisational or Value Chains streams (since 2008) can apply here.


Requirements of applicants

 Prospective participants must be able to demonstrate:

  • possession of 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 
  • interest in and commitment to sustainability
  • 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 two workshops during Stage 1 and to complete Stage 2 within three years of enrolment
  • Postgraduate Certificate alumni would typically be expected to achieve an overall grade B or above in the Certificate in order to be accepted to the Diploma.


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 candidates 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.

We receive a large volume of applications and review applications on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Applicants requiring time to obtain organisational approval, funding or visas to study or make other travel or personal arrangements are also encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Applicants should expect to receive an update on the progress of their application within 6 weeks.

Download an overview of the application stages


Loans 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.

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