Entry requirements

We know many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses. That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You’ll also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you'll need to pass your first assignment set within the two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.
Academic entry route
In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Cert Leadership for Sustainability, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree; or a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route
In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements, you must meet the following criteria:
  • at least three years’ experience within a relevant field of business, industry or a not-for-profit organisation, supported by two appropriate references

English language requirements
As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency is required in this language. If English isn’t your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.
You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Sustainability is fast becoming an important topic – not just in society, but in business too. Learn how to adopt sustainable practices in your own organisation with our PG Cert Leadership for Sustainability.

From human and economic to societal and environmental, this short course begins by exploring the principles of sustainability. You’ll then move on to study a network of modules that all connect to mirror the core elements of a real-life business.
On completion of this course, you can progress to study the PG Dip Leadership for Sustainability (120 credits) or the full Masters degree (180 credits).
  • Core Concepts in Leadership, Sustainability and Enterprise
  • High Impact Leadership
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability and Enterprise

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

£4,056 UK / £4,143 International (2023-24)

  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 1206 489 358