Business - Sustainable Business Leadership - Microcredential

These short, online courses give you an in-depth understanding of a key area of business in a very focused way. These accredited, postgraduate programmes are all delivered online by experienced faculty. Programmes are assessed using innovative continuous assessment elements and final exams. As these courses are drawn from our MBA and business masters’ programmes, should you later decide to progress to a full master’s award, you will get credit for this module. If you need to get quickly up to speed in these emerging areas of business, these programmes are for you.

This course gives a deep understanding of how to address sustainability in any organisation, examining the process by which firms integrate environmental concerns into their decision making. The course gives detailed insight into sustainability and the different perspectives on the concept. Students will study the global trends driving sustainability and be able to apply sustainable leadership principles. In undertaking this programme, you will be guided to construct an actionable sustainability plan for an organisation.

Subjects taught

Topics covered:
• Perspectives on sustainability
• Leadership, change management and corporate governance in sustainability
• Sustainability – Accountability, risk and legal framework
• The implementation of sustainability

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in either a cognate or non-cognate area at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning non-graduates with extensive professional experience and other prior qualifications may also be considered for the course.

Laptop Requirement
All students applying to NCI must have access to a laptop that will allow them to attend classes online and, where relevant, to participate in on-campus learning. Some students may be able to avail of the Student Laptop Loan Scheme, subject to eligibility.

Application dates

Application: Apply online at


30 hours contact time: 6 hours per week over 5 weeks.

Blended delivery: online delivery with one in-person half day introductory session.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: Throughout the year, see for more information.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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