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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

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

Studying at Cambridge


Fees and sources of funding


The Combined Graduate Fee (VAT-exempt) for the IDBE 2018–2020 £9,960 per year for Home/EU and overseas students, ie £19,920 in total*.  [Refer to this page regarding your fee status.]

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.

Sources of funding

Participants are not eligible to apply to the Cambridge Trusts, but once on the programme, small grants might be available from the Graduate Programmes Bursary Fund to support eligible research activities.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans (for Master's courses)

For EU and UK students who are English domiciled and commencing a Master's course, applications are now open for loans of up to £10,000. The loans will be administered by the Student Loans Company. Further information can be found on the University website.

Other sources

The University's Institute of Continuing Education lists a number of possible sources of funding for part-time study. We have also have compiled a list of resources, which might be helpful in identifying potential sources of funding. Generally, funding for part-time study is limited, since the format is considered to be geared towards employee-supported and/or self-funded students.

For other sources of potential funding and advice see the following:


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Becky Stanley, IDBE Course Administrator