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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

Studying at Cambridge


Fees and sources of funding


Master's Programme

The Combined Graduate Fee (VAT-exempt) for the IDBE 2019–2021 £10,308 per year for Home/EU and overseas students, ie £20,616 in total*.

Approximately 25 per cent of the fee covers membership of a Cambridge College, which provides a range of domestic and pastoral services. It excludes accommodation and subsistence costs; however students are offered the option of reasonably priced accommodation at their College.

As a member of the college you will have a college account and will be able to use your University card to pay for meals as long as you have added money to it. Accomodation, food and drinks are provided by Wolfson College at a reduced member rate.

Postgraduate Certificate

The course fee for the Postgraduate Certificate is £5960 for Home/EU and overseas students. This includes accommodation for the two residential workshops in Cambridge, but not subsistence.

Sources of funding

Many companies recognise the benefit of their employees participating in the IDBE programmes and as such, support them by paying their course fees, either in full or in part.   When this is not possible, we would suggest exploring some of the funding options below:

For the Master’s programme only, EU citizens may be eligible for a UK government loan (visit the UK Government website to find out more). This site also contains details of (very limited) other funding opportunities.

The Prospects website is a useful source of information on different types of graduate funding:

Although the University of Cambridge has a variety of funding schemes administered by offices, departments, faculties, institutions and colleges, please note that the majority of them have not been made available to part-time students so far, but we would still recommend keeping an eye on the database of student awards offered.

If you are an international student, there may be funding opportunities in your home country to explore.

For IDBE master’s applicants you may wish to enter the Scholarship for Outstanding Ability competition. There are also some limited bursaries available for the master’s. Full details can be found here.