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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

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

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Am I suitable and how do I apply?

Applications for 2018 are open. Applying by 29 March 2018 is advisable as after this date availability of places cannot be guaranteed.

The Master’s attracts candidates looking to expand their understanding of global challenges and opportunities facing the industry. The programme equips professionals for strategic decision-making, inventive problem-solving and evidence-based design and provides the skills and confidence to support and lead interdisciplinary design teams.

How to apply

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

Requirements of applicants

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.

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.

Bursary and Scholarship competition

A number of bursaries and a Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Ability are available for the Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE), starting September 2018. Please refer to our Bursary and Scholarship page for further details and to download an information sheet.


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


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Becky Stanley, IDBE Course Administrator