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About the Cambridge Institute for Sustainibility Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) brings together business, government and academia to find solutions to critical sustainability challenges.

Capitalising on the world-class, multidisciplinary strengths of the University of Cambridge, CISL deepens leaders’ insight and understanding through its master's level programmes,  executive programmes, builds deep, strategic engagement with leadership companies, and creates opportunities for collaborative enquiry and action through its business platforms.

Over 25 years, we have developed a leadership network with more than 5,000 alumni from leading global organisations and an expert team of Fellows, Senior Associates and staff.

HRH The Prince of Wales is the patron of CISL and has inspired and supported many of our initiatives.

4 courses offered in the Cambridge Institute for Sustainibility Leadership

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership is a full master’s degree, delivered part-time for working professionals, that develops the leadership capacity to drive the business response to critical sustainability challenges and opportunities.

It is fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, and is delivered as an interdisciplinary programme by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), in association with the Departments of Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Land Economy and the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Academic excellence and practical application in a business context are prioritised both in the competitive selection process, and in the design and delivery of the programme. Assessment is through short practical assignments and an extended research dissertation.

The programme, now in its tenth year, typically attracts an exceptional calibre of senior and mid-career leaders from all across the world, and a range of business sectors. Applicants may wish to formalise their credentials as sustainability professionals, or gain a better understanding of how sustainability risks and opportunities apply to mainstream business functions. We likewise appeal to leaders from the not-for-profit or public sectors who wish to work together with the private sector to address sustainability challenges.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) is a nine-month master's-level graduate programme. It equips senior and mid-career professionals with the relevant skillsets to integrate sustainability into strategic business action, through the lens of organisations. 

Fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, and equivalent to a third of a master’s, PCSB is widely regarded as one of the 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.

The programme, now in its 21st year, is delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and attracts strong, international cohorts of senior and mid-career professionals, predominantly from business, but also including those from a not-for-profit or public sector background.  

PCSB participants benefit from the world-class peer networking opportunities that the programme provides, as well as tailored support through short practical assignments to embed the learning within their organisations. The course also develops research skills and can be used as a building block to attain the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PG Dip) is a master's-level graduate programme. It is a flexible, practically applied option for continued professional development, exploring innovations in sustainable business.

Fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, it is equivalent to two thirds of a master’s, and is delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), in partnership with other University departments including the Cambridge Judge Business School, and Institute for Manufacturing.

Students can take from 18 months to three years to complete this course.  Part 1 comprises one of the Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business, and Part 2 provides participants with the opportunity to take a "deep dive" into emergent innovations and levers for change in a business context. Learning is highly collaborative and practical, underpinned by academic rigour.

The diploma is designed for senior and mid-career managers from around the world with at least three years' work experience. The programme attracts those pursing a flexible and practical approach to exploring sustainability leadership, with practical assignments rather than a research dissertation. Applicants are drawn from a range of industrial sectors, as well as those from a not-for-profit or public sector background.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) is a nine-month, fully accredited master's-level graduate programme offered by the University of Cambridge. It equips senior and mid-career professionals with the relevant skillsets to integrate sustainability into strategic business action in a value-chain context.

Fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, the programme attracts strong, international cohorts of senior and mid-career professionals, from a wide range of business functions associated with value chains, as well as those from the not-for-profit and public sectors, who are keen to develop cross-sectoral approaches with business. 

PCSVC was launched five years ago by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and has quickly developed a global reputation as one of the leading programmes for individuals who want to develop their strategic business ability to embed sustainability across global value chains, while also gaining an academic award. 

The programme attracts strong, international cohorts of senior and mid-career professionals, from a wide range of business functions associated with value chains, as well as those from the not-for-profit and public sectors, who are keen to develop cross-sectoral approaches with business. 

PCSVC participants benefit from the world-class peer networking opportunities that the programme provides, as well as tailored support through short practical assignments to embed the learning within the value chains of which they are part. The course also develops research skills and can be used as a building block to attain the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership.

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1 course also advertised in the Cambridge Institute for Sustainibility Leadership

From the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) is a transformative part-time master’s course at the University of Cambridge, for global practitioners working in the built environment. The programme is structured around emerging trends, opportunities and challenges within the built environment such as: sustainability and resilience; health and well-being; energy efficiency; conservation and heritage; stakeholder engagement, and political and regulatory landscapes.

The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. Participants are supported by a team of expert tutors and supervisors. The speakers, lecturers and facilitators are leading experts and practitioners from both academia and industry.  A key feature of the programme is the collaborative learning experience. The programme facilitates shared learning between peers, and networking with the extensive range of contributors, together providing a rich learning environment.

 

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Polly Courtice LVO
Director

  • 5 Academic Staff
  • 160 Graduate Students

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