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Participants are required to complete a number of assessed and non-assessed assignments for the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business. These are designed to ensure integration of the participant's learning with their workplace context. Supervisors are allocated to support the assignments, with face-to-face supervisions during residential time in Cambridge supplemented by virtual supervisor inputs.

Participants undertake a total of six assessed assignments across the two Stages of the Postgraduate Diploma, as well as some non-assessed but essential elements.


PG Dip Stage 1 assignments

Information on the three pieces of assessed work for the PG Dip Stage 1, which includes both individual and group assignments, is detailed in the Assignments section of the Postgraduate Certificate pages.


PG Dip Start 2 assignments

Analytical case study (4,000 words) and oral presentation

The analytical case study explores in depth a phenomenon that has happened (or is happening) ‘in situ’ to establish what can be learnt of relevance to sustainability. This may be within a participant's own organisation or another. In some cases it may be appropriate to base this on the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan produced for the Postgraduate Certificate.

Participants are also required to deliver an oral presentation on their analytical case study, usually at one of the Sustainability Leadership Laboratories or half-day supervisions in Cambridge. This is aimed at encouraging presentation of the key findings in an engaging and accessible way.

Thought leadership essay (3,000 words)

The thought leadership essay should be written on a topic relevant to sustainability leadership in a business context, based on a participant’s own specialist area, experience and/or passion, and draw on academic and practitioner literature.

This thought leadership essay includes the preparation of a short 500-word article in an accessible format suitable for publication in an appropriate non-academic publication or website.

Webinar hosting (60 minutes)

Participants are required to deliver an interactive webinar on a theme of relevance to sustainability leadership. 


Non-assessed assignments

In addition to attending three Sustainability Leadership Laboratories and two-half day supervisions, participants must undertake a number of non-assessed elements for the PG Dip Stage 2. All non-assessed requirements must be completed within three years of starting Stage 2.

Participation in webinars

Participants participate in three webinars over the course of the programme, including those hosted by their PG Dip peers.


Participants complete an e-module on either Leadership for Sustainability or Corporate Philanthropy, which combines lessons, tasks, student-led discussions and written exercises.

Sustainability Leadership Laboratory Review

Participants are required to write a short review of the key findings and discussions of one of the Sustainability Leadership Laboratories attended, summarising and reflecting on personal learnings and outputs from the process of co-creation.

Personal Learning Outcomes and Learning Log

Participants are required to set Personal Learning Outcomes at the start of the PG Dip Stage 2 and to complete a self-reflective Learning Log over the course of the programme. The Personal Learning Outcomes and Learning Log encourages participants to become involved in and keep a continuous record of their learning as they progress through the PG Dip.

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and WHO advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Graduate programmes in 2021 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver workshops remotely should the situation demand. Find out more.

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emma fromberg

Emma Fromberg Programme Manager