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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Applications for 2023 entry are now open.

Download the postgraduate study brochure to receive further information on both our postgraduate programmes.


Admission requirements

Besides enthusiasm and commitment, applicants must have:

  • 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 
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm and/or aptitude for sustainability leadershipAcademic 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  complete three modules (inclusive of participation to residential workshops of 2.5 days each)  in Stage 2
  • 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 Stage 2.


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 applicants 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.

Applications are considered as they are received, on a rolling admissions basis. We typically receive a large volume of applications towards the closing date, hence applying as early as possible can increase the likelihood of receiving an early indication of the likely/final outcome. This can be especially helpful for applicants requiring time to obtain organisational approval, funding or visas to study, or make other travel or personal arrangements. 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.