The Future of Sustainable Business - Enterprise and the Environment, Certificate | Part time online | University of Oxford | United Kingdom
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The Future of Sustainable Business - Enterprise and the Environment

2 months
1500 GBP/full
1500 GBP/full
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Sustainability in business affords a range of opportunities and is a disruptive driver for organisations. The Future of Sustainable Business - Enterprise and the Environment online short course at University of Oxford will build your knowledge of our greatest sustainability challenges for reaching net-zero and meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


This online short course from Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment will explore emerging themes and research within sustainability, as well as successful business models through real-life case studies – from the circular economy to sustainable finance to technologies and policies.  A central idea and outcome of the course is to support learners to facilitate leadership in the creation of a positive sustainable future.

After finishing The Future of Sustainable Business - Enterprise and the Environment online short course at University of Oxford, you will: 

  • be able to help your organisation to prepare for and stay on track with the rising expectations for sustainability to be core to business;
  • be better prepared for creating nuanced initiatives and responses for operating within environmental constraints and a wider social equity; and
  • have more developed skills in sustainability leadership.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be empowered to participate in and help create a future in which businesses that contribute to sustainability thrive. You will also receive a certificate that will help showcase your sustainability leadership credentials and open up career opportunities.

This course is also certified by the CPD UK's (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service. Learners will be able to request their CPD certificate after successfully finishing the course, using their certificate of completion as proof of eligibility. The course has an estimated 40 hours of learning, equating to 40 CPD points. 

Note, the onus is on students to request these CPD certificates at the end of their studies. The University and partners accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Module 0: Getting started
  • Module 1: Net zero, the SDGs, the world and you: Introductions
  • Module 2: The environment and enterprise journey
  • Module 3: Low carbon transition
  • Module 4: Resource management
  • Module 5: Sustainable finance
  • Module 6: Business transformation
  • Module 7: Technology, policy, and law
  • Module 8: Leadership for the future

Assessment tasks will vary but all modules give you the opportunity to test your knowledge and ensure you’re on track with your learning targets. In your final assignment, you will demonstrate your understanding of the various concepts considered during the course and develop a pitch about how you would like to lead strategic change.


  • Dr Caitlin McElroy – Co-Lead academic, The Future of Sustainable Business
  • Dr Laurence Wainwright – Co-lead academic, The Future of Sustainable Business

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months
    • 5 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Semi-structured
  • No Attendance
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This distance learning course is designed for professionals who want to build their understanding of sustainability and sustainable leadership in a business context in order to perform better in their role and/or encourage best practices in their organisation.
  • This course does not have any specific entry requirements. However, a certain level of commitment will be expected – we recommend dedicating 3-5 hours a week to your studies. All activities and tasks will take place online, so please ensure you have a stable internet connection and suitable equipment to participate in group discussions.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1500 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.
  • National

    1500 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.
  • Discounts available to alumni and those working in the public sector. Evidence required.


We strongly believe that a lack of financial resources should not be a barrier to learning. Discounts on our online short courses are available to Oxford University alumni, those working in a public sector role and living in certain geographical regions* (evidence is required).

It is also possible to pay your fees in two instalments. The first payment will be a deposit to reserve your space on the course, and the second will settle your balance ahead of the course start date.

We also encourage employers to fund their employees on our online short courses. If your employer funds more than one employee, they can benefit from a corporate discount; the more employees they sponsor, the higher the discount they can receive.

*Eligible countries currently include Brazil, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and all African nations.

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