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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.



Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Applicants are assessed and accepted on the basis that they have:

  1. at least a 2.i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas institution;
  2. a minimum of three years' work experience after graduation;
  3. demonstrable enthusiasm and/or aptitude for sustainability leadership;
  4. good ability in written and spoken English;
  5. endorsement from your employer or, if independent, from an organisation that will be the focus of your work on the programme;
  6. access to appropriate computer technology and internet software; and
  7. the ability to pay the course fees or to identify a sponsoring institution.

Language requirement

  • IELTS Academic: Overall score of 7.5 (a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 110 (a minimum of 25 in each individual component)
  • CAE: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a Language Centre assessment
  • CPE: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)

Selection process

Applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions). Applicants should expect to receive a decision on the outcome of their application within 12 weeks.

Course dates

19 Sep 2022 to 01 Sep 2024

Course duration

2 years

Apply by

31 Jan 2022

Course fee

Home: £13,980
Overseas: £13,980


Various locations
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies

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