Sustainable Development for Business (P.Grad. Cert.)

1 year part-time
 Minimum 10 Maximum 40 Places


Momentum towards a sustainable business model is a high priority on all top performing business agendas. This course addresses the increasing pressure organisations and their decision makers are under to balance environmental and societal impacts with maintaining competitive advantage and profitability.

This shift in focus, when done strategically, can align a business closer to customers, 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 developed.

How this course can help: 

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and tools to address these important challenges by becoming purpose-driven business leaders, understanding the wider socio-economic impact of their business, and the skills to develop smart strategies for implementing sustainable business. In addition, this course seeks to promote increased dialogue between leaders in business, government, academia, and NGOs to work towards a zero carbon economy and to deliver on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

This programme is designed for: 

• Mid-level and senior executives from across 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 of how they can drive competitive advantage through a sustainable business model; 

• Experienced managers in diverse functions – including CSR and sustainability, legal and compliance, procurement, operations and external affairs; 

• Recently promoted executives who are facing new leadership challenges in the area of sustainability

What does the course cover: 

• The Sustainable Green Organisation (5 ECTS)

• Sustainability Measurement and Reporting (5 ECTS)

• A Practical Toolkit for Sustainable Business (5 ECTS)

• Purpose-Driven Systemic Change (5 ECTS)

• Sustainability in Action Project (10 ECTS)

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Career Opportunities  

This course allows mid-level executives and above 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. 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.

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Course Details

Number of Places

 Minimum 10 Maximum 40 Places

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Coordinator

 Course coordinator: Maria Merriman -

Course Director

 Professor Maximilian Schormair

Closing Date

31st July 2023

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Admission Requirements

The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Development for Business course will be open to graduates with a degre(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.



Course Fees

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Get in Touch

TBS Executive Education contact (recruitment): Jane Flanagan -

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“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

Graduate. Enterprise Account Director, Amazon Web Services (AWS).