Training leaders for a sustainable future
Masters (MA) in Leadership for Sustainable Development London Full-time If you want to fast-track your career as a sustainability leader, join this unique, leading post-graduate programme. It was established 17 years ago by Forum for the Future, a sustainability non-profit that works globally with business, government and others to inspire new thinking and develop practical solutions. This MA is validated by Middlesex University, and includes access to all their facilities. One year full time intensive course – September start
What our graduates say: “Fantastic cross-sectoral view and accelerated development put me ahead on the career ladder”
“The placements give a very rare insight into the profound differences of cultures in sectors that have been very valuable to me”
Key course features:
Six months of practical experience, comprising four different work placements with Forum’s partner organisations. Undertake projects in the private, public and nonprofit sectors to gain first-hand insights and invaluable work experience. 2012-13 placement organisations included: Marks and Spencer, Unilever, Kingfisher, Committee on Climate Change, Triodos Bank, Good Energy, Friends of the Earth, Sainsburys, Town & Country Planning Association, Cooperative Bank, BskyB, Carillion, O2, Environment Agency, Islington Council, CAFOD, TUI Travel, Fairtrade Foundation, Pret a Manger
Coursework only – no examinations
Small group learning, as part of a select group of only 12 in the programme
Group project work to develop and pitch ideas for real-life sustainability enterprises
Skills-based modules - including leadership development - delivered by experts
Tuition from a diverse group of experts and practitioners, including leaders like Jonathon Porritt and Professor Tim Jackson
A track record of extremely high post-study employment rates
Close support and guidance from tutors, placements supervisors and a tight knit alumni network
Miriam Turner Graduated 2004 Innovations Director Europe, Middle East, Africa and India at InterfaceFLOR
Why I chose the masters What I liked about the masters was the opportunity to dip your toe into other sectors and see where you could make the most change.
What I learnt When you’re working with people across sectors, you have to recognise that everyone has their own language and their own motives. They vary greatly from a non-profit to a business. So it’s important to be able to translate. I saw my role as the ‘glue’ between different sectors, helping them to meet and stick together. Making those connections enables change to happen – it’s a real skill in sustainability. It was also a huge privilege to go the Leadership Trust as part of the course so early on in my career. That’s where I learnt about the importance of seeing so-called failure as a learning experience, a means to success in itself.
Career to date I was offered a short-term contract for InterfaceFLOR in India – and I’m still with the company seven years later! I went out to India initially to ask big, open questions, like how you can create a product that has both a social and environmental story to tell. I worked with all sorts of stakeholders and drew massively on the facilitation skills I’d learnt on the Masters course. One group I convened came up with a new [fair trade] business model for modular carpet tiles. It was a great idea, but turning it into a commercial reality was really difficult. Since then I’ve gone from coordinating innovation projects, to managing them, to directing them. I could never have guessed it would take me this far.
Toby Hammond Graduated 2001 Renewable Energy Lead at A