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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.


Requirements of applicants


Prospective participants must be able to demonstrate:

  • possession of an undergraduate degree from a recognised university, or evidence of equivalent work experience/achievement and ability to read for a Master's-level programme
  • an acceptable ability in written and spoken English language (evidence will be required of participants’ proficiency if English is not their first language)
  • a minimum of 3 years’ work experience after graduation
  • an endorsement from their employing institution supporting their application, or – if independent – from an acceptable institution familiar with their work
  • interest in and commitment to sustainability
  • academic and/or professional excellence
  • Commitment to using learning from the programme to lead or influence change within their business context
  • access to appropriate computer technology and internet software
  • ability to pay the course fees or identify a sponsoring institution
  • ability to complete the PG Dip within three years of enrolment
  • PCSB and PCSVC alumni would typically be expected to achieve an overall grade B or above in the Certificate in order to be accepted to the Diploma.


Application and selection process

The Selection Panel will adjudicate candidates against the above criteria. While academic performance is one of the criteria used to identify the strongest candidates, we will also consider the other listed indicators of ability.

Applications from Postgraduate Certificate alumni or current participants are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please complete the online application form.

Applicants who are accepted onto the PG Dip and who have already completed one of the Postgraduate Certificates will be eligible to attend any of the forthcoming Sustainability Leadership Laboratories.

Applications from new participants are accepted between September 2017 and March 2018. Successful applicants will join a forthcoming Postgraduate Certificate – Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) or Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) starting in July 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, particularly those requiring time to obtain visas to study, secure funding, and/or make travel or other arrangements.

Application process and likely timescales



Applicants to the Postgraduate Diploma

The full course fee is £13,785. This encompasses the £11,535 tuition fee, which includes all learning materials, access to the University Library and academic support while on the Postgraduate Certificate and the additional Postgraduate Diploma components of the programme. The remaining £2,250 covers the cost of accommodation and meals during the workshops and Sustainability Leadership Laboratories.

Application from PCSB and PCSVC alumni and current participants

The inclusive fee to convert to the PG Dip is £7,543. This encompasses a tuition fee of £6,418, which includes all learning materials, access to the University Library and academic support for the additional components required to convert to the Postgraduate Diploma. The remaining £1,125 covers the cost of accommodation and meals during the Sustainability Leadership Laboratories. It also covers the cost of attending the Graduate Programmes Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

Please note:

  • The above fees are not inclusive of travel to Cambridge for the residential sessions or the Awards Ceremony.
  • The fees cover the cost of attending the Graduate Programmes Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, but not the cost of accommodation for this.
  • As this programme does not require college membership, there are no additional college fees.
  • Fees are the same for both UK and overseas participants.


Loans and bursaries

Bursary funding has been made available for deserving candidates who are currently prevented from applying due to financial reasons. These will offer financial support of 10–30 per cent of the programme fee, and in some exceptional cases up to 50 per cent of the programme fee, to assist selected applicants. Bursaries are normally awarded to candidates from developing countries, self-funding individuals, those affiliated with a non -governmental organisation or the public sector and occasionally to SMEs. Successful applicants will meet all the programme requirements.

Candidates should apply through the normal route and indicate on the application form their request to be considered for a bursary. On the application form applicants will be asked to submit a one page document that describes:

  • Why they require a bursary to attend
  • How they meet the eligibility requirements for receiving a bursary
  • An indication of the amount of support required
  • How attendance at the programme will impact them
  • Any other compelling reasons why a bursary should be awarded
  • How they have pursued all other available funding opportunities.

Participants awarded a bursary might be asked to provide evidence that they are able to pay the remaining programme fees. They will also be asked to submit a short testimony for the CISL website describing their experiences on the course.

Residents of the UK or EU might be eligible for a Government loan scheme for part-time participants studying for higher qualifications.

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Workshop dates for PCSB and PCSVC (Part 1 of the Diploma)

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