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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Graduate studies simulation 1

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 virtual supervisor inputs at intervals relevant to the assignments.

Participants undertake a total of five 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 Stage 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 a virtual oral presentation on their analytical case study. This is aimed at encouraging co-learning and developing participant skills in the presentation of their key findings in an engaging and accessible way.

Literative review (3,000 words)

The Literature review essay is an opportunity for participants to deepen their critical analysis skills through the careful examination and re-ordering of existing literature to identify and explore a gap or area of contention within the literature.  Topics selected must be of relevance to sustainable business and/or sustainable business leadership.  Participants may use this assignment to further their understanding of an area or issue they are already involved in, or use it to explore an area of particular interest where they may have no relevant experience.

The Literature Review essay is a stand-alone assignment but it is also expected to be used as the basis for the Stage 3 Research Essay for participants who apply to, and are accepted onto, the MSt Stage 3 flexible route programme.


Non-assessed assignments

In addition to attending workshops, participants must undertake a number of non-assessed elements for the PG Dip Stage 2. All non-assessed requirements must be completed within two years of starting Stage 2.

Participation in presentations

Participants participate in a minimum of five oral presentations over the course of the programme, hosted by their PG Dip peers.


Participants complete e-modules on  Leadership for Sustainability and Academic Writing, which combine lessons, tasks, student-led discussions and written exercises.

Interactive virtual teaching sessions

Participants are required to attend 10 one-hour virtual teaching sessions at fixed intervals across the two years.

Personal Learning Outcomes

Participants are required to set Personal Learning Outcomes at the start of the PG Dip Stage 2. The Personal Learning Outcomes 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 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.

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Emma Fromberg Programme Manager