The CIM Diploma in Sustainable Marketing is a new level 6 course, equivalent to an undergraduate degree, for marketers who wish to deepen their knowledge around how marketing and the associated activities can lead and support the sustainability challenges faced by organisations.

The qualification will appeal to those in a supervisory or operational role, who are concerned with sustainability and who are keen to drive change within their organisation. Their organisation may be at the start of their sustainability journey or already implementing sustainable policies and responses through the marketing function.

As with all Diploma level courses, all delegates are invited to complete our Marketing Gateway Programme as a pre-course to the Diploma in Sustainable Marketing.

If you have already completed the Diploma in Professional Marketing or the Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing qualifications, you will have exemptions from the Diploma in Sustainable Marketing. The Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing will give you an exemption from the Marketing Digital Strategy module and the Diploma in Professional Marketing will give you exemptions from the Marketing Digital Strategy and the Innovation in Marketing modules.

Distance Learning

  • Virtual Classes £2100.00 +VAT
  • Face-to-face Learning £2300 +VAT

CIM Virtual Open-Evening

Ready to start your journey towards gaining a CIM marketing qualification? Find out more about our CIM courses at our Virtual Open-Evening on the 2nd March 2023 at 5pm BST.
During this interactive session, you’ll learn more about CIM qualifications and studying with us – plus our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Free Project Management Qualification

All delegates who choose to undertake their CIM or CIPR qualifications with us, will have the option of studying a free project management qualification as well. Delegates can choose between either the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification* (PFQ), the AgilePM Foundation or the PRINCE2 Foundation.

These courses provide a great introduction to project management skills, which tie in nicely to wider marketing roles. If you would like to gain the full project management qualification, you will just need to pay the assessment and/or book fees associated with your chosen course.

Course Structure

The course consists of three mandatory modules: Marketing Digital Strategy, Innovation in Marketing and Sustainability.

Marketing & Digital Strategy

This module forms the base of all CIM level 6 Diploma qualifications and is a mandatory module for the Diploma in Professional Marketing, Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing and the Diploma in Sustainable Marketing. The module focuses on the planning process, undertaking a marketing audit, objective setting, strategy, tactics and resource planning.

Innovation in Marketing

Innovation within the marketing environment is key to drive competitive advantage. This module develops knowledge, skills and understanding of how to drive innovation and disruption within an organisation and how to lead and cultivate an innovative culture.


Sustainability and climate change effect everyone and all facets of life. Understanding the role that we and marketing can play within the crucial pursuit of global environmental sustainability is critical.  This module assesses the organisations societal commitments and determines appropriate customer focused approaches to the sustainability challenge. It also evaluates stakeholder collaboration, the resource required to deliver value driven and profitable solutions and how these solutions can be measured.

Qualification Assessment

Each module is assessed by a work-based practical assignment. There are three assessment boards a year in April, July, September and December. You will need to book your assessments directly with the CIM. The CIM do have strict booking deadlines; however, the College will remind you of these dates.

The College produces internal study timetables to assist you in completing your assessments and CIM qualification within an 18-month period. You will work with a highly experienced personal tutor, who will support you through the assessment process and answer any queries you may have. Your personal tutor will provide you with feedback on both an initial assignment plan and subsequent draft to maximise your opportunities for success with your assignment.

Course Details

Gain An Additional CIM Qualification

Delegates have the opportunity to gain additional CIM Diploma qualifications based on the modules completed.
Find out more here

Entry Requirements

Most delegates studying the Diploma in Sustainable Marketing are graduates or hold an equivalent qualification either in marketing / business or another subject, or have the CIM Certificate level. Many have about 2 years’ experience within a marketing role. However, if you have not worked in marketing or do not have a degree, you may be able to complete our Marketing Gateway Programme as a pre-course to your Diploma in Sustainable Marketing.

Do contact us to discuss your eligibility or the course in more detail.

Course Start Dates

The Diploma in Sustainable Marketing can be studied through classroom or virtual learning options every couple of months, so you are never far from a start date. The on demand, online study option can be started and studied at any time


The CIM Diploma in Sustainable Marketing starts from £450.00 + VAT per module for distance learning, £700.00+ VAT per module for virtual-learning, and £766.66 + VAT per module for classroom-based learning.

Please Note: The course costs do not include the CIM membership or assessment fees. However, we do provide support and access to all the course materials for up to 3 years.

We also offer payment plans to suit most students. Please contact us for more information.

Study Options

Our virtual classes are live sessions which are delivered by our expert course tutors over Zoom – combining the convenience of online studying with the interaction of live classes.

We are currently offering virtual evening-classes (18:30-20:30 one evening per week), virtual weekend-classes (09:30-12:30 across four weekend workshops) and virtual afternoon-classes (14:30-16:30 one afterno