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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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Am I suitable and how do I apply?

Applications for next year’s IDBE programmes open from 4 September 2018.

IDBE attracts candidates from all the built environment disciplines looking to expand their understanding of global challenges and opportunities facing the industry. The programmes equip professionals for strategic decision-making, inventive problem solving and evidence-based design and provide the skills and confidence to support and lead interdisciplinary design teams.

How to apply for the IDBE Master’s Programme

Everything you need to know about applying for a place on the course is available here.


How to apply for the IDBE Postgraduate Certificate Programme

Everything you need to know about applying for a place on the course is available here.


Who should apply?

IDBE is for all those involved in the commissioning, design, construction and management of projects in the built environment. The course attracts students from a range of professions from across the sector including, but not limited to architects, engineers, surveyors, planners, landscape architects, project managers, facility managers, surveyors, urban designers, property developers and contractors, who wish to develop their understanding of and responses to the global challenges and opportunities facing the built environment.

Read testimonials from previous IDBE Master’s students


Master’s or Postgraduate Certificate?

Master’s

Postgraduate Certificate

Two years part-time Ten months part-time
Six, separate, week-long residential workshops in Cambridge  Two, separate, week-long residential workshops in Cambridge
On-line learning On-line learning
Four written assignments: Reflective Case Study, Literature Review Essay and a Group Research Project and a Dissertation Three written assignments: Reflective Case Study, Literature Review Essay and a Group Research Project
Full Master’s Degree: 180 CATS points at level M One third of a Master’s Degree: 60 CATS points at level M
£10,308 per year, £20,616 in total £5960 in total

Requirements of applicants for both programmes

Besides enthusiasm and commitment, applicants must have:

  • At least a 2.i honours bachelor’s degree (or successful completion of a Master’s degree) from a UK University, or an equivalent standard from a recognised overseas institution.*
  • A minimum of three years' work experience in the built environment since graduating.
  • Good ability in written and spoken English language.
  • Endorsement from your employer or, if independent, a demonstrated understanding of the time commitment needed to undertake part-time study at this level.
  • Access to appropriate computer technology and internet software.
  • The ability to pay the course fees or to identify a sponsoring institution.

*If you have not previously studied in the UK, it is important to check your relevant country guidelines to ensure the qualifications you hold are considered suitable preparation for entry to your chosen course. Please refer to the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions website where you can look at country specific guidelines - https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-qualifications

Non-standard applicants

Exceptional candidates who do not meet the above standard academic requirements may be considered, based on the ability to demonstrate suitability for postgraduate study through professional and other attainments.

If you think you are a non-standard applicant (ie you have alternative experience and qualifications), please attaching a copy of your curriculum vitae, and we will give you an initial indication of whether you are likely to be considered favourably.


Eligibility

Please for advice if you are uncertain about your eligibility or would otherwise like to discuss the application process and criteria.


Visa requirements

Students from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland will require a short-term study visa to attend the residential workshops during the course. Further details can be found on the University of Cambridge International Students website

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Becky Stanley, IDBE Course Administrator