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PG Cert Circular Economy for Business Leaders - 2021 entry

Please note: The below is for 2021 entries. Click here for 2020 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year part time
Entry year 2020

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Phone (UK):
0300 555 6060
Phone (International):
+44 (0)1392 723044

Entry requirements

2:1 degree and 3 years of relevant work experience.

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Discipline Business and Management


  • An online PG Cert designed for global leaders and sustainability specialists to continue their professional development without pausing their career by utilising a work-based learning approach.
  • Benefit from the expertise of our Exeter Centre for Circular Economy and our partnerships with leaders in the field, such as The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Learn the latest thinking in circular economy and contemporary business, exploring innovation and design, technology, and measurement of implementing the circular economy
  • Build your understanding and capabilities in implementing circular economy practices to drive change and create a positive impact within your organisation, with a cohort of like-minded professionals, and gain a valuable alumni network for life.
  • Graduate with the knowledge and skills to confidently employ the key concepts, principles, characteristics and patterns of circular economy to real world contexts.
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Triple accredited Business School

Accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB

Top 100 Financial Times ranked European Business School

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Pioneer University


Accredited by: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of MBAs (AMBA) and EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)

Entry requirements

2:1 degree from a recognised university and a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience. However, we do consider all applications where there is evidence of significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications

All applicants will be required to submit a supporting statement detailing a real circular economy challenge that the applicant is looking to explore. This could be for example an aspect of a business function, start up, a policy change, or a NGO campaign.

English language requirements

Click 'Read more +' below to view IELTSTOEFL IBT and Pearson Test of English language requirements.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and information on English language requirements.

English language requirements:

IELTS (Academic)

At lease 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any section.


At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and information on English language requirements.

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Course content

This 12-month part-time fully online programme blends traditional and innovative teaching and learning approaches, providing ultimate flexibility to study whilst you work.

You will study four modules totalling 60 credits that have been designed to enable you to apply your learning to have immediate impact in your workplace, with the support of our industry experts and your fellow peers.


UK/EU fees per year:

£6,000 part time

International fees per year:

£6,000 part time

Teaching and research

Our Blended learning approach

The programme is designed to support you every step of the way. Within our online learning environment, a blend of traditional and innovative teaching and learning approaches will be utilised including: live online sessions, podcasts, case studies, group work, presentations, participant workshop development and delivery, peer review, innovation sprints and design thinking sessions, tutorials, simulation, work-based reflection, and individual project work.


Each module is assessed through a mix of assessment methods, including presentations, participant workshop delivery, reflexive essays, slide packs, reports, peer review, simulation and written business cases. Assessments have been specifically designed to help accentuate your understanding of both linear and circular economics and the skills to implement and evaluate circular economy initiatives relevant to your organisation or career development.

To encapsulate learning from this programme, you will complete term three with both a synoptic assessment and a personal 360 review of your interactions and participation on the PGCert. This project is designed to take full advantage of the knowledge gained throughout the programme.

Research-led teaching

University of Exeter Business School research has global impact, with the majority of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.*

*Research Excellence Framework 2014

Our research-led teaching is combined with practical experiences such as field trips and project work, so that you can apply your learning to real world scenarios. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge to pursue the career you want, wherever in the world you choose to work.

Our programmes cover a range of disciplines including entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, human resource management, and tourism. With strong links to organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and with professional organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), we ensure that your Masters degree is widely recognised in today’s global marketplace.

You will be taught by internationally respected academics who are at the forefront of their research. We draw upon disciplines across the social sciences and give emphasis to the dynamic nature of enterprise, global connectivity and the management and leadership of the global challenges that lie ahead.

The Business School is home to the following research centres:

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Through innovative and practical learning you will have the ability to use data and analytics confidently and creatively, in order to resolve a wide range of operational and strategic problems that face global organisations across multiple sectors.

Your future career

After graduation, you will join our community of more than 26,000 Business School alumni in over 150 different countries who are actively shaping the world around us. Graduates can look to work in a diverse range of roles including:

  • Business Consultant
  • Data Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • HR Analyst
  • Business Manager

Opportunities range from working in large analytics and consultancy teams within corporations in sectors such as consulting, tech and finance, through to specialist analytical roles in areas such as procurement, HR, and marketing within smaller private, public and third sector organisations.  The increasing importance of analytics skills within Executive Management teams means that students will also be well placed to succeed in Graduate Management schemes.

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Business School careers service web page for more information.

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