Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB)
"Fantastic benchmarking opportunity to push our agenda forward. Techniques we can use to get action within the company."
The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) is a Master's-level accredited programme from the University of Cambridge. It equips senior and mid-career managers with the relevant skillsets to integrate sustainability thinking into business actions.
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 16th year, attracts strong, international cohorts of senior and mid-career professionals, predominantly from business. Because of this, PCSB alumni benefit from the world-class peer networking opportunities that the programme provides.
The programme spans an 8-month period (part-time) and is built around:
- Three short residential workshops;
- Individual work-based assignments;
- A group research project around an area of mutual relevance.
The Benefits to Business
Global sustainability challenges such as climate change, poverty and inequality, loss of biodiversity and global population pressures present a number of risks and opportunities to business and can impact the ability to generate value. Society increasingly sees business as a provider of solutions for these global challenges, and there is growing recognition that farsighted companies which are taking a positive and proactive approach to embedding sustainability in their core business will gain significant advantage, through mitigating risks, increasing resilience and enhancing value in the short and long term.
For over 15 years, PCSB has delivered cutting-edge insight to meet the dynamic needs of business and leaders from government and non-governmental organisations. The strength of the programme lies in the combination of access to Cambridge sustainability research and extensive University resources, with an emphasis on collaborative learning, peer networking, and real-life application to business contexts. Students have all the benefits of a rigorous programme accredited by the University, whilst being supported by a team of expert tutors to apply their learning to mainstream business practice. A strong emphasis is placed on equipping business leaders to bring about organisational change towards sustainable and flexible business. We recently surveyed our PCSB alumni and, based on over 60 responses, here are some of their insights into the value of the programme.
We have now closed applications for the PCSB 2013 intake. If you would like to register your interest in PCSB for next year, please email email@example.com.