Taught course

Sustainable Value Chains

University of Cambridge · Judge Business School

Entry requirements

Prospective participants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Possession of an undergraduate degree from a recognised university, or evidence of equivalent work experience/achievement and ability to read for a Master's-level programme;
  • An acceptable ability in written and spoken English language (evidence will be required of participants’ proficiency if English is not their first language);
  • A minimum of 3 years’ work experience after graduation;
  • An endorsement from their employing institution supporting their application and required time commitment for the programme, or – if independent – from an acceptable institution familiar with their work;
  • Interest in and commitment to sustainability;
  • Academic and/or professional excellence;
  • Commitment to using learning from the programme to lead or influence change within their business context;
  • Access to appropriate computer technology and internet software;
  • Ability to pay the course fees or identify a sponsoring institution;
  • Ability to attend both workshops.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) is a Master's-level accredited programme from the University of Cambridge. It has been designed to equip senior and mid-career professionals and managers with the skills required to establish resilient and sustainable value chains that are fit for the future. The coverage encompasses, but goes beyond, the themes covered by terms such as 'sustainable supply chains', 'green procurement', and 'responsible sourcing'.

For 20 years CISL has delivered the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB), which is widely regarded as the leading Master's-level programme for individuals seeking to gain a broad introduction to leading and influencing change for sustainability. PCSVC builds on the success of PCSB, but is more focused on issues of relevance to value and supply chains.

Particular emphasis is placed on integration across functions within the organisation and on building positive relations with external stakeholders. Hence the programmes will benefit all business functions involved with the value chain, including supply chain management, procurement, operations, sales and marketing, business/product development, research and development, finance, strategy, and sustainability / social / environmental / CSR specialists. Key external stakeholders, such as suppliers to businesses, NGO partners, community leaders, and policy-makers, will also benefit from attending, and add valuable insights.

The programme spans a nine-month period (part-time) and is built around:

  • Two four-day residential workshops;
  • Individual work-based assignments;
  • A group project around an area of mutual relevance.

Information for international students

As this course is part time and requires only 8 days in Cambridge it is ideally suited for international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Bursary funding has been made available for deserving candidates who are currently prevented from applying due to financial reasons. These will offer financial support of 10–30 per cent of the programme fee, and in some exceptional cases up to 50 per cent of the programme fee, to assist selected applicants. Bursaries are normally awarded to candidates from developing countries, self-funding individuals, those affiliated with a non -governmental organisation or the public sector and occasionally to SMEs. Successful applicants will meet all the programme requirements.

Candidates should apply through the normal route and indicate on the application form their request to be considered for a bursary. On the application form applicants will be asked to submit a one page that describes:

  • Why they require a bursary to attend
  • How they meet the eligibility requirements for receiving a bursary
  • An indication of the amount of support required
  • How attendance at the programme will impact them
  • Any other compelling reasons why a bursary should be awarded
  • How they have pursued all other available funding opportunities

Participants awarded a bursary might be asked to provide evidence that they are able to pay the remaining programme fees.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
10 months

Further details of qualification

Participants who complete this programme can continue their learning and upgrade to either the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business or the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership.

Course contact details

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