You will be given support in a number of different ways throughout the course to help you develop the skills needed to successfully complete the programme.
The programme is designed by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which has over 25 years' experience of designing and delivering leadership programmes on sustainability. The CISL team is responsible for all elements of the programme design, management, administration and oversight of the academic process.
The programme is delivered by a faculty of, professionals and practitioners. are drawn from key departments within the University of Cambridge.
Directors of Studies
All students are supported individually throughout the course by a dedicated Director of Studies, who will meet you during each course week for a one-to-one session to discuss your progress and any concerns, and will be a point of contact by email outside these dates.
Tutors and supervisors
The tutors and supervisors – all of whom have direct experience of working in various areas and aspects of the built environment – are drawn from academia, industry, and civil society; and support students in their individual assignments. They also chair workshop sessions and deliver workshop inputs in their areas of expertise. In addition, tutors facilitate a group project. Tutors and supervisors serve as markers for submitted assignments and provide constructive feedback to participants.
A 15,000-word research dissertation is the main assessed item produced during the second year of the programme. While undertaking their research towards the dissertation, our IDBE Master’s students receive oversight from an academic supervisor. Supervisors are selected for their topic-specific and research expertise. A broad spectrum of topics and research methodologies can be accommodated by drawing on academics from across the University and, if necessary, leading external experts. The dissertation is marked by two independent assessors.
Virtual learning is an important part of the programme experience, providing opportunities for students to learn from each other as they engage with the latest thinking, applied to critical built environment issues.
Between the residential workshops, students participate in an e-learning programme and other non-residential learning activities, designed to complement the workshop themes and support students’ learning journey. This includes:
- virtual tutorials and supervisions to support the assignments and dissertation process
- content-based e-modules
- working through preparatory documents, including prescribed readings/videos/audios, in advance of each workshop.
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is the main platform through which these activities are facilitated. The VLE also provides an avenue for communications between the participants and the Programme team, and to make available supplementary material, such as slides used by presenters and links to useful websites, articles, and other resources. The VLE has been developed using Moodle. This robust and user-friendly open-source software is widely used by providers of online learning, including the UK’s Open University.
The Master's in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment VLE can be accessed via the internet using a standard internet browser. (A username and password is required to enter the site.)