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P. Grad. Cert. in Sustainable Development for Business

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  • Thursday 20 Oct, Friday 21 Oct, Saturday 22 Oct
  • Thursday 24 Nov, Friday 25 Nov
  • Thursday 26 Jan, Friday 27 Jan
  • Thursday 16 Feb, Fiday 17 Feb
  • Thursday 30 March, Friday 31 March
  • Thursday 27 April, Friday 28 April
  • Thursday 25 May, Friday 26 May
  • Thursday 29 June, Friday 30 June

Duration: 1 year part-time


There are 5 modules delivered part time over 12 months. The modules will be delivered half day Thursday afternoon and all day Friday, once a month, during term time.

Format: In person

Tuition Fees: €8,500

Who is this programme designed for?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Development for business is for mid-level executives and above from the private sector, public sector and third sector, who are looking to examine their organisations impact on society as well as the environment, and gain a firm understanding as to how they can impact real environment change from within their own organisations.

What does the programme in Sustainable Development for Business offer to participants?

This course is designed to tackle the increasing need for sustainable strategy in business by giving participants the tools to create long-lasting change throughout their organisations.


A sustainable business model is a high priority on all top performing business agendas. This course will address the increasing pressure companies and decision makers are under to look beyond profit and consider environmental and societal impacts as part of their development plan.

The shift in focus can align a business closer to the customer and investor demands, market trends and emerging regulatory requirements and create a competitive advantage in a sustainability conscious society. Designed to tackle the increasing need for sustainable business transformation, participants completing the programme will be equipped with the tools to create long – lasting change throughout their organisation.

A key feature of the programme is a 10 ECTS into action learning module where participants design a sustainability project for their employer organisation, their business or for a project partner organisation where a “blueprint” for implementation is researched and developed. The programme consists of four taught modules and one self‐led project:  

  • 5 ECTS – The Sustainable Green Organisation
  • 5 ECTS – Sustainability Measurement and Reporting

  • 5 ECTS – A Practical Toolkit for Sustainable Business
  • 5 ECTS – Purpose‐Driven Systemic Change
  • 10 ECTS – Sustainability in Action Project
  • Programme Director: Maximilian Schormair


    Dr Samuel Cromie
    Assistant Professor, Psychology

    Dr Daniel Malan
    Assistant Professor, Business Ethics

    Dr Maximilian Schormair
    Assistant Professor, TBS

    Dr Mary-Lee Rhodes
    Associate Professor, TBS


    The Postgraduate Certificate course will be open to graduates with a degree (or equivalent) with a strong academic record in any discipline from a recognised third level institution. Applicants without a degree are welcome to apply provided they can show a proven managerial track record. All applicants are required to have a minimum of 3 years professional or managerial work experience.

    All applicants should provide two references confirming their eligibility and suitability for the programme, which together with the applicant’s academic performance during their undergraduate years and their CV will be used to select the most suitable candidates. Telephone interviews may be conducted to clarify applicants’ motivation and interest in the programme.

    Language requirements for students whose first language is not English are IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL IBT 90 for non-native English speakers.
    In case of heavy competition for places or concern regarding a particular applicant’s suitability, applicants may be interviewed or asked to submit a written sample for assessment.

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