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Postgraduate Diploma in Culture and Sustainability

Apply now to start in September 2022

Operating in a post-pandemic environment, digital transformation and aligning to ESG goals means that building a culture of sustainability has become much more than a tick box exercise for organisations.  With growing demands from stakeholders and consumers, being able to prove your contribution towards the big issues of people, society and the planet means tackling culture – big and small C. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Culture and Sustainability has been designed for leaders in organisations who want to make a difference. The programme draws on Roffey Park’s long-established research on organisational resilience and more recent work on the meaning and practice of organisational sustainability from human interaction and flourishing perspectives. Taking these perspectives, learners will reflect on and learn about how culture is both generated and structured in organisations. Also, how alignment in decision making, process management, the delegation of authority, continuous improvement, customer centricity and brand, can form culture and the potential for sustainability.  The focus of development on this programme is on your skills and behaviour around the subject of culture and sustainability so that you can create impact and sustainable positive change within your own context.

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We are an associate partner of the University of Sussex who act as a validating authority for our Postgraduate Diploma in Culture and Sustainability. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Culture and Sustainability is available as a virtual programme initially.

This Postgraduate Diploma in Culture and Sustainability is for you if you are…

  • A senior HR or OD professional who wants to develop your organisation’s culture so that it is centred on a collective purpose
  • In a role focused on culture transformation and sustainability, either within an organisation or operating as an independent consultant
  • A leader ready to challenge themselves and make a developmental leap to the next level of their growth in a strategic organisational role

You will walk away with

A postgraduate diploma, an internationally recognised qualification that will boost your impact and career as a leader and/or manager.

A thorough understanding of culture, how it is generated and imposed and the effect on behaviour and organisational sustainability

The tools and models used to develop principles and practice of culture and sustainability within organisations

Greater connection with a network of leaders

Programme Outline

Course Entry Requirements and how to apply

You will need to hold at least a lower second (2.2) UK bachelor’s degree or international equivalent and at least 4 years of experience in a leadership role. If you do not have these qualifications but believe that this is the course for you, please apply and we will conduct an interview process to ensure that the programme would be right for you. The programme is taught entirely in internationally accessible English, but if English is not your first language you will need to hold a minimum IELTS 6.5.

You will be asked to complete an application form to demonstrate your experience. We may interview you to ensure that the programme would be right for you.

To receive more information and an application form, please complete your details below:

Programme Dates

The Postgraduate Diploma in Culture and Sustainability is available as a virtual programme from September 2022. A residential programme will be available soon so please contact us to register your interest for this option.

Programme Fees

£6,995 +VAT

Apply now for an Early-Bird Fee – £5,995 +VAT. This applies to offers for September 2022 programme accepted by 31 July 2022.

We can accept payment for the programme in some currencies other than GBP, but please do contact us for more information

Find out more and meet us online

To help you understand more about the programme and what it’s like to study at Roffey Park, we run regular online information webinars.

MSc in Culture and Sustainability

For an additional fee, learners on our Postgraduate Diploma in Culture and Sustainability can continue their studies over a further 9 months and receive an MSc in Organisational Learning.

The MSc in Culture and Sustainability is delivered online over 9 months, part-time. During this programme you will receive taught content, undertake research and complete a dissertation project.  You’ll receive support from your Dialogic Learning Groups (DLGs) and dissertation supervision from one of our faculty members.

Please contact us for more information.

Why choose Roffey Park Academy?

We have been a pioneer of adult learning for the last 75 years and the only executive education institute that focuses on creating impact for both learners and their organisations.

Benefits for you

You will graduate with a diploma in culture and sustainability, an internationally recognised qualification, which will grow your impact and career as a leader and/or manager. You will be able to:

  • Evaluate the internal and external drivers of organisational sustainability
  • Explore different perspectives on cultural ecology from an organisational perspective
  • Analyse environmental regulation and its impact on organisational cultural practice
  • Conduct holistic risk assessments
  • Develop strategies for organisational sustainability

How long is the Post-Graduate Diploma qualification?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Culture and Sustainability is delivered over 15 months, part-time. You will also receive dedicated time for; practical application, feedback, reflection, discussion, questioning and planning. During this time, you will engage with your Dialogic Learning Groups (DLGs) to further enhance your conceptual understanding, plan for assessment and give and receive formative feedback.

What’s the cohort size and where will they be from?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Culture and Sustainability has a minimum number of 15 participants and the group will comprise of mid to senior leaders, from private and public sector organisations with a range of qualifications and work experience. This diversity will enrich your learning experience through access to diverse cultural contexts.

Frequently asked questions

We know that signing up for a postgraduate qualification is a big commitment and you will have lots of questions. To help you, here are some frequently asked questions from our learners.

It’s been years since I’ve done any academic study, what help is provided?

Firstly, don’t panic! We will support you every step of the way. We have a robust induction and welcoming process, as well as video and other media giving students input and guidance on topics such as learning to learn, critical thinking, and essay writing.

What are Dialogic Learning Groups?

Dialogic Learning Groups (DLG) are a key element in your learning journey.  DLGs consist of up to 6 learners who meet regularly throughout the programme to support and challenge each other to reach their learning objectives. Activities in the DLG include providing comment, feedback and peer assessment on the work being done throughout the programme.  Each DLG is given a Course mentor who provides advice and guidance when needed. 

What learning resources will we have access to?

We have a dedicated team and vast resources to support all learners through their learning journey. You will have membership of our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) giving you access to our library catalogue, online journals, books and other relevant material. You’ll find all the information you need on a range of specialist subjects from organisational development, leadership and management to human resources and personal development. Alongside use of the LRC, all your course materials and course instructions will be accessible through our digital learning platform.

Is the virtual programme all completed online?

Yes. Your formal teaching, with the whole cohort, will be facilitated during live, online sessions. These are underpinned by self-directed learning groups (DLGs) who will meet regularly online over the two-year programme. You will be supported throughout by our experienced faculty team who will run summative and formative feedback sessions with individuals and groups.

Where are the residential programmes held?

All residential programmes are held at our purpose-built, training venue in West Sussex, just one hour from London by train and close to major air, road and rail transport links.  Set in 40 acres of grounds, our training rooms are spacious with natural daylight and access to outside space.  From the warm welcome when you arrive, the delicious food that keeps you going to finishing the day in the gym or pool, walking in the grounds or enjoying a glass of wine in our bar – our staff and venue let you concentrate on you.

What tutor support will I receive?

You will have direct interaction with tutors; at the beginning of each module and in addition, you will be able to decide in your DLGs when to invite a tutor/mentor for a mentor-led session up to 6 times over the duration of 2 years.

How much time will it take?

Most of your time on our qualification programmes will be spent working independently and, as a guide, you should be prepared to study for at least 12 hours per week, in addition to programme modules and dialogic learning groups

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place at the end of each module and is in the form of a prespentation or written piece, which is assessed using the marking criteria outlined in the handbook. There are no formal exams with this qualification.

I am self-funding, are there any payment options?

We are able to provide payment plans for participants who are self-funding. Please contact us to find out more.

Not sure if this is the right postgraduate diploma for you?

We would be happy to discuss this programme in more detail and answer your questions by meeting you online or via email/telephone when it’s convenient for you.  Send us an email and we’ll do the rest.