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Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business

The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) is a 10-month Master's-level graduate programme, delivered part time for working professionals. The programme equips senior and mid-career professionals with the relevant skillsets to integrate sustainability into strategic business action. 

PCSB is offered with two streams to make it most directly relevant to the student’s business function. One stream looks through a lens of organisations and the other approaches content from a value chains context (previously known as the PCSVC).

By having two streams the course is tailored to the student’s professional interests and caters for individuals' learning requirements. The Course Directors work with applicants to ensure that they are placed in the most appropriate stream for their business and personal requirements. 

Applications for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business are open.

Download a brochure, for further information, or apply here for the 2019 course.

Closing date is 29 March 2019. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


Further your career and learn how to lead change

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business is designed to strengthen your leadership skills, and help you embed sustainability in your organisation and across value chains.

It is delivered through a blended approach of online learning and residential workshops in Cambridge. The course combines interdisciplinary insights, academic analysis, practical business application, peer learning and personal reflection. Participants benefit from the world-class networking opportunities that the programme provide, as well as tailored support through short practical assignments to embed the learning within their organisations.

Our Certificate attracts a 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.

Read about the impact of our graduate programmes from our students.



Organisational focus

Value chains focus (previously offered as PCSVC)

This path equips 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

This path equips 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

Ready to make a change? Download our graduate brochure and programme flyers.


Fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, the Certificate is widely regarded as the leading Master's-level programme 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 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 the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business 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 Certificate 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.


Build knowledge and confidence to lead change in your organisation and across value chains. 

Study a 10-month part-time Postgraduate Certificate course via online learning and residential workshops.

Learn more about our graduate offering from our Course Directors. Held monthly, August 2018 – May 2019. Register today.

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2019 Workshop dates

Workshop 1: 15-18 July 2019
Workshop 2: 18-21 November 2019

2018 Workshop dates

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