Programme Overview

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 

Thursdays: 3pm - 7pm
Fridays: 9am - 5pm

Saturday, 22 Oct: 9am - 5pm

 Duration 1 year part-time
Tuition Fees €8,500

Full List of Dates

  • 20, 21, 22 October 2022
  • 24, 25 November 2022
  • 26, 27 January 2023
  • 16, 17 February 2023
  • 30, 31 March 2023
  • 27, 28 April 2023
  • 25, 26 May 2023
  • 29, 30 June 2023

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 organisation's impact on society as well as the environment, and gain a firm understanding of how they can impact real environment change from within their own organisations.

What does the programme in Sustainable Development for the 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 of 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 concerns regarding a particular applicant’s suitability, applicants may be interviewed or asked to submit a written sample for assessment.

What participants say:

“I loved every bit of this course! It has given me real insight into the multifaceted business risks posed by climate change in business today, with a focus on how to apply those learnings to drive real value and organisational change.”

Tim Gleeson, Enterprise Account Director, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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