Individuals from across the world may take part in the Foundation’s online and face-to-face courses.

Participatory learning is an important feature of all our courses and is consistent with our systems thinking and feedback-rich approach.

E-Learning tool for business leaders

In response to requests from our CE100 member organisations, we have designed a scalable capacity building e-learning tool geared towards middle managers up to executive level roles. Its content specifically addresses the business benefits of a circular economy, while offering an introduction to the concept by delivering key messages in just a few short modules. The programme includes multiple case studies and tangible examples and is self-directed so learners can tailor it to their own time schedule.

The content is divided into five sections; an introductory overview module showcasing the value of a circular economy in just over 30 minutes, along with four 15 minute modules which address the functional business areas of R&D, Supply Chain and Procurement, Marketing, and Strategy and Finance.

The interactive and visually appealing programme has been created using an award-winning authoring tool and describes concepts using beautiful imagery, rich animations, audio narration and videos including a bespoke video message from Ellen MacArthur. Individual learner journeys can be tracked while challenge questions can earn achievement badges which serve as additional incentives for engagement.

For more information and to watch a short video about the programme please visit:

​Executive Education introductory course

Bradford University School of Management and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation present the essential briefing for senior managers and education professionals on the circular economy. See the course outline here.

MBA and PGCert

Bradford University School of Management has launched the world’s first circular economy MBA, developed in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and leading businesses including B&Q, BT, Cisco, Renault and National Grid. Find out more about the MBA course here.

Executive Masters

Cranfield University is currently developing a Masters in Technology Innovation and Management for a circular economy. This Part-Time MSc for industrial professionals will be developed with the flexibility to adapt to the needs of industry, organisational challenges and the changing lifestyle of learners incorporating flexible working and digital technologies. More information coming soon.


In 2015, TU Delft ran the world’s first edX MOOC on the Circular Economy, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability.

The MOOC ran for seven weeks on the edX platform and the course is now available again for you to take at your own pace. Through the MOOC, learners are challenged to design a future that rethinks our current “take-make-waste” economy to focus on circular, innovative products and business models. Find out more about the MOOC and take part here.

Circular Economy Immersive

The Circular Economy Immersive is a one day capacity building opportunity to develop internal understanding of the circular economy with a focus on potential barriers and how to respond to them. The session is designed as a sector specific intensive workshop for colleagues of a similar decision-making level. It enables groups to consider how they might respond strategically to the opportunity of the circular economy, through peer to peer activities, sharing and networking with colleagues. More information coming soon.

Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF)

The Disruptive Innovation Festival is an online, open access event staged by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, taking place over three weeks in November. Take a look at the DIF 2016 highlights and look out for updates on this years festival.  

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and circular economy metrics

University College London (UCL) has launched a new flexible four-day CPD course, Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): from Theory to Practical Application, developed in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Education team.

This course introduces how to apply LCA and circular economy metrics and tools to track performance and prioritise actions relating to circular economy programmes in organisations.

Click here for more information.