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Course summary

The aims of this programme is to develop leaders who have a wide awareness and deep understanding of the social, environmental, ethical and economic challenges facing the world, and equip them to respond more effectively in their executive roles; to expose leaders and future leaders to a range of best-practice cases of how business, government and civil society are responding to these challenges; to help leaders to make a compelling ‘business case’ for sustainability in their sector and/or institutional context, and understand how best to put sustainability policies into practice; to give leaders insights into the academic debate on sustainability, including some of the key scientific and technological issues, and equip them with research skills relevant to sustainability.


The primary approaches to teaching and learning are: taught plenary and small group sessions by academics and practitioners, who are thought lead-ers and/or case study contributors; group work, involving dialogue, debate and presentations throughout the taught modules, as well as a group research assignment; experiential techniques including role plays, simulations, debates and field trips; individual work, involving structured reading and reflection, research, and written presentation of findings on selected topics; support and facilitation by a CISL-led team of faculty, tutors and supervisors from within the University; and a collaborative E-learning programme, including three online modules, webinars and content-based discussions to maximise knowledge sharing.

Assessment method

Dissertation: 15,000 words maximum; including footnotes and appendices, but excluding bibliography; 2 3,000 word written paper; 1 7,000 project; the dissertation will include an oral presentation of the project work.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas institution; a minimum of 3 years' work experience; demonstrable enthusiasm and/or aptitude for sustainability leadership; good ability in written and spoken English language; endorsement from an employer or, if independent, from an organisation that will be the focus of your work on the programme; access to appropriate computer technology and internet software. Applicants whose 1st language is not English should have an IELTS score of 7.5 (a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £12102 Year 1
England £12102 Year 1
Northern Ireland £12102 Year 1
Scotland £12102 Year 1
Wales £12102 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Sustainability Leadership at University of Cambridge - UCAS