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Admission requirements, applying, fees and funding

Applications for 2018 entry are now open and will close on 29 March 2018. Apply for a place here.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applicants requiring time to obtain visas to study, secure funding, and/or make travel or other arrangements are particularly encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

Click here for an overview of the application stages and likely timescales.


Admission requirements

Besides enthusiasm and commitment, applicants must have:

  • at least a 2.i honours bachelor’s degree (or successful completion of a master’s degree) from a UK University, or an equivalent standard from a recognised overseas institution. (If you do not meet this requirement, then please refer to the notes below.)
  • a minimum of three years' work experience
  • demonstrable enthusiasm and/or aptitude for sustainability leadership
  • good ability in written and spoken English language. Please refer to the detailed requirements here.
  • endorsement from your employer or, if independent, from an organisation that will be the focus of your work on the programme
  • access to appropriate computer technology and internet software
  • the ability to pay the course fees or to identify a sponsoring institution.

Guidance on the supporting documents required for applications can be found here.

Please note:

  • Exceptional candidates who do not meet the above standard academic requirements may be considered, based on the ability to demonstrate suitability for postgraduate study through professional and other attainments. The submission of a GMAT (or GRE) score would be useful for supporting your case. (Your analytical writing and verbal performance are most important for this MSt, and quantitative ability less so.)
  • Completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) or the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) successfully does not negate the need to satisfy the above requirements; however the results can potentially be used to support the admission of ‘non-standard’ candidates if, typically, at least a B grade is achieved.


Please contact the Programme Manager for advice if you are uncertain about your eligibility. If you email a copy of your curriculum vitae, we can give you an initial indication of whether we believe the course will suit you.

Terms and conditions



The Combined Graduate Fee (VAT-exempt) for the Master’s is £24,204 (£12,102 p/a). Approx. 25 per cent of this covers membership of a Cambridge College. It excludes accommodation and meals; however, reasonably priced College accommodation is offered

PCSB and PCSVC alumni

PG Cert alumni (since 2008) pay a reduced fee of £19,678 (£9839 p/a). The same inclusions and exclusions apply. (To attend the Master's, alumni must satisfy the Master's-specific admissions requirements and apply successfully via the competitive admissions process.)


Sources of funding

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) does not yet have scholarship or bursary funding available to cover the fees for the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership, and participants are not eligible to apply to the Cambridge Trusts. Once on the programme, small grants might be available from the Graduate Programmes Bursary Fund to support eligible research activities.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans (for Master's courses)

For EU and UK students who are English domiciled and commencing a Master's course, applications are now open for loans of up to £10,000. The loans will be administered by the Student Loans Company. Further information can be found on the University website.

Mentis Cleantech Futures Bursary

Due to the generosity of one of our Alumni, applicants may apply for the Mentis Cleantech Futures Bursary. A modest bursary will be awarded annually to assist the beneficiary in covering the cost of travel to the workshops and other incidentals. To be eligible for the bursary, as well as meeting all of the course entry requirements, applicants must be:

  • working in the 'clean' sector, tackling social and/or environmental challenges;
  • employed in or running a clean technology venture or social enterprise in the start-up or early growth stages; and/or
  • self-funded or self-employed

To apply for the bursary, applicants should specifying why they require the bursary, how they meet the criteria and how the additional funding would be of assistance. Bursary applications will be reviewed once applications have closed, based on the supporting letter and the applicant’s CV and research proposal as provided in the original Master’s application.

Please note that recipients of the bursary will be featured on the CISL website and Mentis Solutions social media.

Read about Marcela Ponce and Gozde Taskin who have both received the Mentis Cleantech Futures Bursary.

Other sources

The University's Institute of Continuing Education lists a number of possible sources of funding for part-time study. We have also have compiled a list of resources, which might be helpful in identifying potential sources of funding. Generally, funding for part-time study is limited, since the format is considered to be geared towards employee-supported and/or self-funded students.


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2018 intake workshop dates

Workshop 1: 16–22 September 2018 
Workshop 2: 31 March–6 April 2019
Workshop 3: 1–7 September 2019   
Workshop 4: 29 March–4 April 2020

2017 intake Workshop dates

Workshop 1: 2–8 September 2017
Workshop 2: 8–14 April 2018
Workshop 3: 2–8 September 2018   
Workshop 4: 31 March–6 April 2019

2016 intake Workshop dates

Workshop 1: 18–24 September 2016
Workshop 2: 26 March–1 April 2017
Workshop 3: 30 July–5 August 2017
Workshop 4: 8–14 April 2018