skip to content

Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

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

You will be exposed to a great range of new concepts, ideas and knowledge.

The ways in which these are supported and presented include:

  • Technical lectures on specific aspects of the individual themes of the course, presented by some of the foremost thought leaders from academia and industry.
  • ‘Horizon’ lectures on wider interdisciplinary ideas; recent lectures include ‘The structure of Bach’s Fugues’ by Dr Martin Ennis, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Music; ‘How animals move’ by Dr David Bainbridge, the University Clinical Veterinary Anatomist; and ‘Maths, geometry, nudity and art’ by Allan McRobie, Reader in the Department of Engineering.
  • Workshops and lectures helping you to progress your critical analysis, and research and writing skills.
  • Online modules to develop teamwork, leadership and research skills.
  • Focused learning and exercises on interdisciplinary practice, including understanding individual learning styles, personality types and roles.
  • Design projects in small teams focusing on a specific problem related to the week’s theme; co-producing knowledge and supporting the development of an understanding of different disciplinary cultures.
  • Presentations of the studio projects and of an individual assignment to a supportive and interested audience of your peers.
  • Written assignments, based on your own pressing questions, and supported through access to the best academic libraries in the world.
  • Individual ‘supervisions’ (the Cambridge word for tutorials) with academic advisors providing expert support for your research.
  • Detailed individual written feedback on your assignments and presentations to help you develop as a reflective practitioner.

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Postgraduate programmes starting in 2022 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out more.


Becky Stanley, Senior Project Manager