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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Part-time Master's and Postgraduate Certificate courses from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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The Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) part-time, post-graduate programmes for built environment professionals are offered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and supported by the Departments of Architecture and Engineering.

The IDBE is truly interdisciplinary, in the background of its staff, students and areas it covers. The programmes are structured around emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges within the built environment such as: sustainability and resilience, health and well-being, energy, efficiency, conservation and heritage, stakeholder engagement, and political and regulatory landscapes.

The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. Students are supported by a team of expert tutors and supervisors. The speakers, lecturers and facilitators are leading experts and practitioners from both academia and industry. 

A key feature of the programme is the collaborative learning experience. The programme facilitates shared learning between peers, and networking with the extensive range of contributors, together providing a rich learning environment. 

The key components of the two built environment programmes

IDBE Postgraduate Certificate

IDBE Master’s

  • Two, week long residential workshops in Cambridge
  • Online modules delivered via a virtual learning environment
  • Two individual assignments
  • A group research assignment
  • Six, week-long residential workshops in Cambridge
  • Online modules delivered via a virtual learning environment
  • Two individual assignments
  • A group research assignment
  • An individual research dissertation

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The key themes of IDBE

There are many challenges and opportunities arising from the construction and operation of our built environment. Some of these issues include global climate change, environmental, social and economic sustainability, human health and well-being, productivity and energy efficiency.

The IDBE explores how successful, sustainable built environment projects rely on the coordinated effort and visioning of multiple disciplines and professions, and it encourages the integration of skills between specialists from different background disciplines to improve project design. The core modules are:

  1. Leadership, professionalism and interdisciplinary practice
  2. Sustainability & resilience
  3. Innovation & technology
  4. Design thinking
  5. Research skills

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Accreditation

The Master’s is accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation as meeting the requirements for further learning and by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors under their project management pathway. The Postgraduate Certificate is not currently accredited by these institutions.

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Becky Stanley, IDBE Course Administrator