The Postgraduate Certificate in Global Sustainability Leadership is the result of a unique partnership between the Technological University of Dublin (TU Dublin) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The course will develop leaders in sustainability, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution, and champions of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is unique in the global education market, with innovative teaching and learning, a diverse global lecturing team, and impact at its core. 

The SDGs are embedded in all modules of the programme where learners are facilitated to develop their disruptive thinking. Defined by an interdisciplinary approach, there is an emphasis on leadership and entrepreneurial solutions to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The modules are designed to enable students to develop sustainability competencies in line with the EU GreenComp sustainability framework and UNESCOs eight sustainability competencies. 

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  • Award: Postgraduate Certificate
  • Course Type: Postgraduate 
  • Mode of Delivery: Online, Web-based E-Learning
  • Duration: 1 year 
  • Mode of Study: Part-Time
  • Language: English 
  • Starting Date: 1 February 2024
  • Apply Before: 15 December 2023 


  • Professionals working in complex environments within the framework of international, regional, governmental or non-governmental organizations.

  • Professionals in international organizations and the wider UN system, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders.

  • Graduate students, researchers or anyone with an initial knowledge and interest in Global Sustainability and Leadership and the best ways to address them constructively. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Interrogate sustainability principles, literacy, communications, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

  • Evaluate the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.     

  • Critically reflect on the organizational purpose, responsible leadership, and entrepreneurship for sustainable development. 


This course comprises 30 ECTS credits of modules over two semesters. Students take three modules each semester including Sustainable Economic Development, Sustainability Leadership, Entrepreneurship in Conflict and Peace, and Critical Thinking Creativity Imagination and Perspectives. Each semester will last for 12 weeks, with a break for Easter in Semester 1 and a Review week in Semester 2. 

Indicative Dates 

  • Semester 1: 1 February 2024 to 27 April 2024 
  • Semester 2: 23 October 2024 to 21 December 2024


First Semester

  • Sustainable Economic Development  
  • Sustainability Leadership  
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking for Cultural Transformation & Power Balance  
  • Innovation, Change and Value Creation   

Second Semester

  • Entrepreneurship in Conflict & Peace  
  • Critical Thinking, Creativity, Imagination & Perspectives  
  • Virtual Peacebuilding  
  • Responsible Innovation & Climate Activism  


The course is fully online and asynchronous (students access course material such as lectures, readings, and assignments on their own time). Moderated discussion forums will provide opportunities to engage with lecturers and other students. Lectures will be pre-recorded and uploaded to our virtual learning platform Brightspace. Live seminars and guest lectures will give students the opportunity for interactive engagements but will also be recorded and uploaded to Brightspace. The course is delivered over two semesters. 

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for the full programme is €5,400. For more information on the costs, payments, or any related questions please check the following pages on TU Dublin’s website. 


Application Requirements 

  •  Students must have completed an undergraduate degree.

Candidates applying for the Postgraduate Certificate must hold a minimum second-class honours degree (2.2) or higher or equivalent third-level qualification in any discipline. 

  • Proficiency in English 

Applicants whose first language is not English must attach a certified qualification of proficiency in English as the programme is conducted through the medium of English. International students who have studied their undergraduate programme entirely through the medium of English may be exempt from the minimum English Proficiency requirement when applying for postgraduate programmes at TU Dublin. However, this is dependent on the International Student Office receiving certified documentation confirming that the undergraduate programme was studied through the medium of English. This certified documentation should be from the third-level Institution where the applicant graduated with his/her undergraduate degree. However, TU Dublin may request that the applicant present an English Proficiency qualification if the International Student Officer is not satisfied with the applicant's level of English. 

Applicants not meeting the normal entry requirements but with relevant prior experiential learning may be proposed by the Programme Coordinator for exceptional entry by submitting an Exceptional Entry application to the sub-committee of the Faculty Board. 

Application Deadlines 

To be considered for the programme apply before 15 December 2023

Applications received after the final deadline are evaluated case by case on a rolling basis

Application Instructions 

The Project Coordinator is available to help students during the application process. Learners are encouraged to email the Programme Coordinator at with any questions. 

All applicants are required to apply online here. Candidates must complete all required fields and uploads before submission. 



United Nations Institute for Training and Research 

Av. de la Paix 7 bis, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

Ms.Alexandra Severino  

Programme Coordinator 

Online Learning and Education Unit (OLEU) 



TU Dublin 

Technological University Dublin 

Aungier St, Dublin 2, D02 HW71, Ireland 

Dr Emma Howard 

Programme Chair 

Lecturer, Sustainable Economic Development 


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