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Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

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

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Two-year IDBE Master’s at Cambridge University

For built environment professionals including architects, engineers, project managers, planners and more. 

Study for a Master’s in Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Cambridge University’s two-year part-time Master’s in Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (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.

Who is the IDBE for?

Offered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and supported by the Departments of Architecture and Engineering, IDBE attracts a range of students including, but not limited to architects, engineers, surveyors, planners, project managers, surveyors, urban designers, property developers and contractors.

Why apply?

The course is 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 Master’s in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment enables you to:

  • Build your understanding of the global challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
  • Develop the skills to lead interdisciplinary teams through strategic decision-making, inventive problem solving and evidence-based design.
  • Join a global network of cross-disciplinary, international and like-minded professionals.
  • Achieve a University of Cambridge master’s degree.

Previous alumni include:


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Starts: September 2018
Ends: June 2020
Applications: We advise applying before 29 March 2018 as availability of places cannot be guaranteed after this date


Two years, part-time


A combination of six, week-long residential workshops in Cambridge and online learning.


£9,960 per year; £19,920 in total
Scholarship and bursary options are available

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“IDBE gave me a greater appreciation, and understanding, of different built-environment agendas that allowed me to be far more influential in the boardroom and in more complex interdisciplinary project situations”

Jason Pomeroy, Architect, academic and broadcaster IDBE Cohort 10

Throughout the course, my overall awareness of the myriad of considerations relating to engaging with the built environment increased exponentially, while my depth of knowledge on sustainability issues became more rounded

Helene Gosden, Senior Engineer, Arup Cohort IDBE 20

“IDBE is an incredible powerful and transformative course. Learning from professionals from a variety of backgrounds was invaluable. In addition, combining real-life experiences, meaningful projects and a networking environment provided me with an edge in a highly competitive industry.”

Seun Adekunbi, Infrastructure Management Consultant Cohort IDBE 17