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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Our sustainable business Postgraduate programmes are designed for those working in full-time employment, based on a blended approach of short residential workshops and virtual learning. We offer content that is 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.

PCSB students/alumni can still apply for stage 2 only starting September 2024. Postgraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment applications remain open until 20 May 2024 for 2024 entry. 


Choice of duration and intensity

Our sustainable business course range from a Postgraduate Certificate to a full Master’s degree. There is a choice of two routes that can be taken to achieve a Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership - continuous or flexible. Both routes provide the same learning outcomes, and networking opportunities. The Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma within the flexible route can also be undertaken as stand-alone awards. You can find out more here.  

Find out more about our Sustainable Business postgraduate programmes 

Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership

Full Master’s degree (MSt), part-time over
2 years (Continuous route) or 5 - 10 years (Flexible route) 

Develops practical skills and leadership capacity to tackle critical sustainability challenges and opportunities, with
practical, organisation focussed
assignments, a group project and a
research dissertation/essay. 

Applications for 2025 entry open in September 2024. 

Postgraduate Diploma in
Sustainable Business

Equivalent to 2/3 of a Master’s, part time
over 3 years 
Builds upon the Postgraduate Certificate
and serves as a standalone qualification
or further step towards the MSt via the flexible route, with a case study and
literature review assignments. Taught elements are shared with the MSt. 


Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business – organisational/value chains

Equivalent to 1/3 of a Master’s degree, part time over 9 months 

Explore embedding sustainability within organisations, or across value chains, with practical assignments and a group project. Popular as a standalone qualification or step towards the MSt via the flexible route 



Want to know more? 

Compare key course elements and details via our programme overview and comparison table, frequently asked questions are answered here and find out what the difference is between an MSc and an MSt. Join CISL Course Directors for our monthly Meet the Director webinars, where you will gain an overview of our programmes and admissions processes and have opportunity to post your questions to be answered live.