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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

A part-time Master's course from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Studying at Cambridge


Fees and sources of funding


The Combined Graduate Fee (VAT-exempt) for the IDBE 2017–2019 is £8,001 per year for Home/EU and overseas students, ie £16,002 in total*.  [Refer to this page regarding your fee status.]

Approximately 25 per cent of the fee covers membership of a Cambridge College, which provides a range of domestic and pastoral services. It excludes
accommodation and subsistence costs; however students are offered the option of reasonably priced accommodation at Wolfson College (approximately £150 per residential course week).

As a member of the college you will have a college account and will be able to use your University card to pay for meals as long as you have added money to it. Accomodation, food and drinks are provided by Wolfson College at a reduced member rate.

Sources of funding

Participants are not eligible to apply to the Cambridge Trusts, but once on the programme, small grants might be available from the Graduate Programmes Bursary Fund to support eligible research activities.

Scholarship competition and bursary

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is running a competition for one 50 per cent scholarship for candidates demonstrating outstanding academic ability. For prospective candidates who would be prevented from taking the course due to financial hardship there is one 50 per cent bursary available.

Read about how to apply for the scholarship or bursary.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans (for Master's courses)

For EU and UK students who are English domiciled and commencing a Master's course, applications are now open for loans of up to £10,000. The loans will be administered by the Student Loans Company. Further information can be found on the University website.

Other sources

The University's Institute of Continuing Education lists a number of possible sources of funding for part-time study. We have also have compiled a list of resources, which might be helpful in identifying potential sources of funding. Generally, funding for part-time study is limited, since the format is considered to be geared towards employee-supported and/or self-funded students.

For other sources of potential funding and advice see the following:

Apply now

Submit your application before 31 July 2017 via the Institute of Continuing Education website.

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Becky Stanley, IDBE Course Administrator