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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Course start dates

  • 24 July 2024
  • 9 October 2024

Who should attend?

The course is applicable to professionals within the finance sector, as well as others interested in harnessing sustainable finance initiatives to bring about positive change.




Online, tutor-assisted


8 weeks online, 8–10 hours per week


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CISL's courses are delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. This link will take you to the GetSmarter Website.



About the course

The University of Cambridge Sustainable Finance online short course offers insight into the role of finance in creating a more sustainable and resilient global economy. Over eight weeks, you’ll learn about the pressures and trends affecting the current financial system and investigate the strategic business implications of these social and environmental challenges. You’ll also discover how sustainable finance can open up exciting new opportunities and strategically drive long-term business returns.


Gain valuable and relevant skills, and walk away with:

  • Insight into the sustainability challenges facing business and financial systems
  • An understanding of how sustainability is rewiring financial systems to benefit society and business
  • Tools and frameworks to respond to financial risks posed by sustainability issues
  • The ability to influence your organisation’s success through implementing sustainable finance strategies
  • A personal action plan to implement a sustainable finance approach in your sphere of influence


CPD certified

CPD logoThis course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 60 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. CISL and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.



Learn to lead in a changing world

Join over 24,000 students globally who have already benefited from the opportunity to:

  • Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from a top-tier university, entirely online and in your own time.  
  • Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience that consistently achieves over 90 per cent course certification rate.
  • Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.


Explore effective sustainable finance strategies as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course

Module 1: The rapidly changing context of finance

Module 2: Steering capital for a sustainable future

Module 3: Strategies that work for sustainable finance

Module 4: Rewiring risk and return

Module 5: Sustainable finance solutions

Module 6: The role of the public sector in sustainable finance

Module 7: Disruption, innovation and sustainable finance

Module 8: Creating impact


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Delivered in Collaboration with GetSmarter

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is collaborating with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to provide an interactive and supported online learning experience.

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CISL’s online courses are delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. These links will take you to the Get Smarter website.


“The University of Cambridge Sustainable Finance online short course offered a thorough and enjoyable eight-week experience focussing on an important and commonly misunderstood topic. The online platform was easy to use, learn from and upload assignments through. I will definitely be using the material learned on this course, including the weekly notes, podcasts and peer discussion groups, in my day-to-day work as an investment manager.”

Adam Greaves, Investment Director, Investec Wealth & Investment

“This was a great and well thought out course [...]. It brought us on a journey from the inception of modern economics all the way to sustainable finance. This course provided great insight and helped broaden my perspective. The online experience was great, especially the discussion forums. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and highly recommend it.”

Ala El-Kour, Director, Deloitte