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Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business and Sustainable Value Chains

The Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business (PCSB) and Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) are 10-month Master's-level graduate programmes, delivered part time for working professionals. The programmes equip senior and mid-career professionals with the relevant skillsets to integrate sustainability into strategic business action – PCSB through the lens of organisations, and PCSVC in a value-chains context.


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

 

“This will turbo-charge your approach to sustainability and help shift the direction of travel of your organisation.”

John Bailey, University of London, PCSB 2016

Aims and benefits


The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) and Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) combine interdisciplinary insights, academic analysis, practical business application, peer learning and personal reflection. Participants benefit from the world-class networking opportunities that the programmes provide, as well as tailored support through short practical assignments to embed the learning within their organisations.

Both programmes attract strong, international cohorts of senior and mid-career professionals from a wide range of business functions and sectors, and including those from a not-for-profit or public sector background who are keen to develop cross-sectoral approaches with business.

 

PCSB (organisational focus)

PCSVC (value chains focus)

PCSB aims to equip participants with:

  • a robust knowledge of global social, environmental and economic trends, and the ability to develop the strategic business case for organisational change
  • an understanding of the ways in which business can catalyse wider system-level change
  • the critical skills and confidence to embed sustainability into business action at an organisational level to achieve practical outcomes

Download the detailed learning outcomes

PCSVC aims to equip participants with:

  • a robust knowledge of global social, environmental and economic trends, and the ability to develop the strategic business case for embedding sustainability across value chains
  • exposure to a range of established and emergent approaches, tools and techniques for developing resilient and sustainable value chains
  • the critical skills and confidence to embed sustainability across whole value chains to achieve practical outcomes

Download the detailed learning outcomes

 

Accreditation


Fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, the Certificates are widely regarded as leading Master's-level programmes internationally for individuals who are seeking to enhance their ability to lead and influence change for sustainability, whilst also gaining an academic award.

Successful completion of PCSB and PCSVC results in a Postgraduate Certificate awarded by the University of Cambridge. This carries 60 CATS points at Level M and is equivalent to one-third of a Master's degree.

Candidates who have successfully completed one of the Postgraduate Certificates are welcome to apply for the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership, also delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and worth 180 CATS points. Please be aware that while completing a Certificate successfully may strengthen further an application, it does not result in preferential access or negate the need to satisfy the Master’s-specific admission requirements.

Alternatively, alumni of the Postgraduate Certificate wanting to continue their formal learning in a more practitioner-focused professional development route may use the credit gained toward the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PG Dip). The PG Dip is the equivalent to two-thirds of a Master’s and is worth 120 CATS points. Our Postgraduate Certificates form Part 1 of the PG Dip.

It may be possible to transfer the CATS points to Level M programmes of other higher education institutions. As institutions vary on their policies of accepting transferred credits, you should contact your preferred institution for further advice.

 

17 January 2018, 16.00-17.00

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Workshop dates

Workshop 1: 2–5 July 2018
Workshop 2: 12–15 November 2018