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Postgraduate Admissions

About the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability 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 16,000 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 Sustainability Leadership

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership is a full Master’s degree, delivered part time over two years for working professionals. It is part of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's (CISL) mission to empower individuals and organisations to take leadership to tackle critical global challenges.

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

Both academic excellence and practical application in a business context are prioritised 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 has been running since 2010, and 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 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 2 years to complete this course.  Stage 1 comprises one of the Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business, and Stage 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 PG Dip 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. 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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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 programme at the University of Cambridge for global practitioners working in the built environment. The master's was created by a powerful partnership between the University of Cambridge’s world-leading Architecture and Engineering Departments.  It is designed for professionals working in the built environment who want to deliver the kind of sustainable and resilient places and spaces which are crucial to our common future. Interdisciplinary awareness and related management skills are seldom part of standard architecture, engineering and other built environment qualifications. IDBE helps ambitious built environment professionals meet the increasing demands of their market, their sector and invigorate their personal development.

The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. Students 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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Clare Shine

  • 5 Academic Staff
  • 160 Graduate Students

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