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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

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Designed specifically for those working in full-time employment, based on a blended approach of short workshops and remote 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. 


Join a world-leading University

Consistently ranked among the top universities in both national and international league tables, the University of Cambridge offers a world-leading postgraduate education. CISL is a department within the University’s School of Technology.   


Be challenged and stimulated intellectually

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. Students have opportunities to engage with CISL’s 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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Learn alongside other disciplines and sectors

Our postgraduate programmes are distinctive in their interdisciplinary approach to learning and application, and benefit from CISL’s association 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, Global Food Security, and Climate Change.

Hear more about the impact of our programmes from our alumni | Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership 


Gain exposure to diverse perspectives 

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. 


Gain access to leading business-relevant expertise and innovation

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 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 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. 

Learn about employer benefits and support.


Become part of a global network

Enjoy access to ongoing professional development, networking events including reunions, gala dinners and roundtable discussions and the latest thinking, action and research from CISL and the University of Cambridge. 


Read more about CISL's global sustainability network. 


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