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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



The IDBE is a course supported by the Departments of Engineering and Architecture, and many of the academic staff from both departments are involved in teaching and supervising. Starting with incoming Cohort 23, the core team of University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) staff manage the course throughout the year, and have most contact with the students.

There is an Academic Advisory Committee made up of members from across the University and different departments who work in the built environment, and an Industry Advisory Committee made up of professionals from across different built environment industries. These Committees ensure the course is up to date and relevant from both an academic and industry perspective.

When they arrive, students will be allocated a Director of Studies for the duration of the course, who are academic staff closely involved in the course. In addition, they will be allocated a Tutor for the group project and an individual supervisor for each piece of coursework. These will come from the group of Tutors and Supervisors (or from the core team). For the second-year thesis, supervisors will come from across the University, depending on the topic chosen. For more information on the academic support offered to students throughout the course, please see Support for students.