This group of courses and resources is curated to deliver the learning needs of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s business networks. For a broader overview of circular economy learning opportunities, please visit our Courses page.


"How can we most effectively educate and skill-up our organisation to transition towards a circular business model?”

Learning for a circular economy requires theoretical understanding and continuous development of critical practitioner skills to address the most common circular challenges in businesses.

This simple framework, as demonstrated in the diagram below, informs the development of the network learning portfolio.

1. THEORY: Deepen your theoretical understanding from a basic to in-depth level.

2. PRACTICE: Alongside the theory, build critical practitioner skills to take you from a beginner to an advanced level.

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Learning Portfolio

Learning Hub

Ellen MacArthur Foundation (Resource)

Theory · Scale · All Levels · Online

An unlimited access, open source platform designed for professionals to engage with the circular economy through a range of easily digestible, interactive, and visual learning pathways. Featuring an introduction to the circular economy, as well as topic specific paths including fashion, artificial intelligence, and food, the Learning Hub offers a customisable learning experience.

Who its for: Anyone - total circular economy novices through to those with a good understanding looking to dive in deeper on a specific area

Time per learning pathway: 15-25 minutes each topic

How: Distribute Learning Hub link:


TU Delft (Course)

Theory · Scale · All Levels · Online

The MOOCs – or Massive Open Online Courses – run by TU Delft are open access, free of charge programmes to enable professionals to dive deeper into the circular economy. They explore topics such as reuse and recycling, the role of design in the transition, and value creation.

TU Delft currently offer four different circular economy specific MOOCs:

Who its for: Anyone looking for a comprehensive entry course to the circular economy, to build their foundational knowledge and dedicate time to a set pathway

Time per course: 3 hours per week, over 6 weeks

Cost: Free of charge

How: Participants can sign up to the MOOCs by TU Delft on their website:

The Circular Economy Masterclass

Exeter University (Course)

Theory · Scale · Intermediate · Online

Identify key decision makers and provide them with the skills to create a plan of action towards circularity. The Masterclass course, developed together with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, focuses on innovating for value creation, developing circular business models, and circular economy schools of thought such as Cradle to Cradle.

The content is delivered through live webinars, interactive forums, real case studies from Ellen MacArthur Foundation network members, and group tasks to begin to apply learnings over the weeks.

Each cohort of the Masterclass is given access to an interactive platform, to encourage collaboration and discussion with fellow participants, through shared insights.

Who its for: Those with a pre-existing foundational understanding of the circular economy, looking for real time case studies and the skills to apply the thinking to their strategic decision making and that of the team around them.

Time: 6 hours per week, over 6 weeks

Cost: CE100 Corporate members have access to 2 free of charge seats per year. All CE100 members can also purchase additional seats at a reduced cost.

2020 Dates:

  • 27th April - 28th June
  • 5th October - 6th December

How: If you are an employee of a CE100 member and would like to access the course, please speak with your internal CE100 Primary Contact.

Circular Economy Certificate of Completion

McMaster University

Face to face · Theory · Practice · Intermediate

Delivered by a variety of expert speakers, the McMasters course is aimed at professionals, managers, consultants, technologists, and engineers - and is focused on addressing the foundational knowledge for circular economy principles and practical applications.

The course includes case studies, guest speakers, and practical applications such as toolkits and an online learning platform. Modules covered by the course include 'understanding the circular economy', case studies, biomimicry, automating circularity, leadership for a circular economy, circularity metrics, tools, and applications.

Time: 3-day face-to-face (20 hours total), conference-style workshop

Cost: $2000 CAD

2020 Dates: Stay up to date on dates for the next course on the course page

How: Visit the course page for details on how to apply

The Circular Design Guide

Ellen MacArthur Foundation (Resource)

Theory · All Levels · Online

Co-created together with the Foundation’s Design Partner IDEO, the Circular Design Guide is the hub for designers covering the Methods, Mindsets, Stories and Resources needed to apply circular design thinking to design.

Content available through inspiring videos, design methods, and tailored workshops.

Who its for: Designers at all stages of their circular economy journey

How: Visit the Circular Design Guide

Join the community: Circular Design Guide LinkedIn community

Action Learning Set Toolkit

Ellen MacArthur Foundation (Resource)

Practice · All Levels

We can solve problems better and faster if we bring people together to share their stories and collaborate. This Toolkit provides productive ways to integrate circular thinking in your business.

Action Learning Sets are a great way to complement and accelerate your activities to move towards a circular business, through providing a platform for problem-solving between individuals from different backgrounds within an organisation, or even the broader supply chain.

Who its for: Key stakeholders in the transition to a circular economy, with a foundational understanding of the topic

How: Download the Toolkit

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