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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Sustainable Finance online

Course start dates

  • 13 October 2021

Is this course for you?

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, 6–8 hours per week




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 4,000 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: Introduction to sustainable 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: Trends, disruption, innovation, and sustainable finance

Module 8: Creating impact


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. 


Find out more about the Sustainable Finance online short course


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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.