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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

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The IDBE is an established and highly successful part-time master's degree for professionals working in the built environment, offered jointly by the Departments of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Cambridge. Each year we select students from widely differing disciplines, from across the world and from very varied backgrounds, bringing them together in Cambridge to explore the pressing challenges of our time and of the future. In doing so they discover deep understanding of the built environment, their multiple professions, themselves and each other. All students form close professional, and often personal, relationships, which can last a lifetime.


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Department of Engineering

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Department of Architecture

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Applications for September 2015 entry are now open.



The course is accredited as a masters for further learning by:

  • Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, The Institute of Highway Engineers) -
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors -
  • Chartered Insitution of Building Services Engineers -
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Career Learning -
  • More information about each of the above can be found here



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