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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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Designed specifically for those working in full-time employment, based on a blended approach of short workshops and virtual learning, our postgraduate programmes have been designed to offer content that is directly transferable to business. Students are actively encouraged to apply insights from each programme, bringing immediate value to their organisations from the very first workshop, in the form of innovative thinking, critical analysis, and practical business impact.


Our position within the University

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a department within the University of Cambridge’s School of Technology. Our work contributes to the University’s mission in the field of sustainability leadership engagement with business-relevant research, and also though our work with individual academics.


Fostering learning, embracing challenge, opening minds

Cambridge’s approach to learning – through encouraging debate and discussion, challenging assumptions and exploring new perspectives and insights – provides exhilarating intellectual satisfaction and builds learners’ capability to engage widely, think critically, and reach evidence-based conclusions on tackling complex challenges.

CISL's contribution to this rich learning environment includes exploration of new ideas and approaches that have the potential to deliver transformational change towards a sustainable economy. Students have opportunities to engage with the latest thinking on critical themes such as the circular economy, whilst being exposed to some of the best new examples of leadership in low carbon transformation, natural resource security, and sustainable finance.

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Strategic, multi-disciplinary focus on the challenge of sustainability

Our postgraduate programmes are distinctive in their inter-disciplinary approach to learning and application, and have been established in partnership with a wide range of Cambridge departments, including the Cambridge Judge Business School, and the Departments of Architecture, Engineering, Geography and Land Economy. Students are exposed to cutting edge insights from across the University, drawing on the latest insights from cross-disciplinary research into Public policy, Public health, Conservation, Energy, and Global Food Security, and are supported to undertake their own inter-disciplinary research. 

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Global perspective and reach

CISL's programmes attract the highest-calibre students across a diverse range of industries, geographies and operational functions, reflecting the interconnected global economy. Insight into different economies, regions and sectors provides all students with fresh perspectives and the ability to identify new ways of responding to complex challenges and the potential for new business opportunities.

Read more about CISL's global sustainability network.


Working with business: innovation, enterprise and solutions development

Cambridge has many business partners, working together to transform ideas into ground-breaking applications and products. These collaborations range from research projects and enterprise initiatives, through to the provision of executive and professional development courses.

Cambridge also benefits from a rich local business community in the form of science parks, incubators and innovation centres. The Cambridge Cluster or Silicon Fen, is now the most successful technology cluster in Europe and one of the most successful in the world.

In our own Master's-level postgraduate programmes, assignments are specifically designed to provide students with the opportunity to focus on transferable practical solutions, with the purpose of enhancing business value for their organisation, alongside increasing their value to society.

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What to learn more about our postgraduate programmes? Register for our virtual open days.

Strengthen your leadership skills, embed sustainability in your organisation, and further your career.

Study a part-time postgraduate course via a combination of workshops and e-modules.


Meet the Directors

Join a webinar session hosted by the Directors of our part-time postgraduate courses as they give you an overview of our programmes and admissions process for 2023 applications and can answer your questions.


Alumni testimonials and impact stories

Hear from our postgraduate students leading transformational change


Postgraduate study with CISL

Programme overview - Sustainable Business

Programme overview - Built Environment

Why Cambridge?


Postgraduate research

Student and alumni achievements

Employer benefits and support

Tutor Q&A: The value of a sustainability education

Tutor Q&A: The value of a sustainability education for built environment professionals

Progression routes

What's the difference between an MSc and an MSt?


Student evaluation


90 per cent feel our courses enabled them to progress in their career. Learn more about impact.


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