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Sustainability Leadership MSt

Key information

Qualification type

MSt - Master of Studies

Subject areas

Sustainability Leadership

Course type


Course Summary

This course develops the leadership capacity to drive the business response to critical sustainability challenges and opportunities. 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 eighth 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. The Master's in Sustainability Leadership is part of CISL's mission to empower individuals and organisations to take leadership to tackle critical global challenges. More specifically, through a combination of interdisciplinary insights, academic analysis, practical business application, peer-learning and personal reflection, it aims to develop a community of leaders who have: a wide awareness and deep understanding of the social, environmental, ethical and economic challenges and opportunities facing the world; the vision and ambition to drive business leadership to achieve real systems change; the knowledge, experience and ability to critically evaluate a range of strategic levers for change; and the leadership capacity and confidence at a personal and organisational level to best use these levers to effect transformation. By the end of the programme, successful participants should have enhanced their ability in the following areas: Understanding and awareness; Leadership and change; Critical evaluation and analysis; Engagement and collaboration; Innovative, creative and strategic response; Academic research.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are assessed and accepted on the basis that they have: at least a 2.1 honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas institution; a minimum of three years' work experience; demonstrable enthusiasm and/or aptitude for sustainability leadership; good ability in written and spoken English; endorsement from your 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; and the ability to pay the course fees or to identify a sponsoring institution.