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MSt in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    MSt - Master of Studies

  • Location

    Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The MSt in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) is aimed at practising professionals with at least three years' work experience in the built environment since graduating. IDBE is for all those involved in the commissioning, design, construction and management of projects in the built environment. The course attracts students from a range of professions from across the sector including, but not limited to; architects, engineers, surveyors, planners, landscape architects, project managers, facility managers, surveyors, urban designers, property developers and contractors, who wish to develop their understanding of and responses to the global challenges and opportunities facing the built environment. It is offered by the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education in association with the Departments of Architecture and Engineering.

The course aims to equip professionals for strategic decision making, inventive problem solving and team leadership; to develop skills in effective collaboration and communication, particularly between clients, consultants, contractors, specialists and occupiers; and to provide a strategic overview of the production of the built environment including current challenges faced by the construction industry such as technological innovation, global climate change, resilience and sustainability. The course is part-time and lasts for two years. During that time, students spend six separate residential weeks studying in Cambridge at three-or four-month intervals as well as taking part in online modules. Each of these residential weeks comprises an intensive programme of formal lectures (from leading practitioners and university academics), workshops and seminars, and a design project in small interdisciplinary teams.

IDBE is for all those involved in the commissioning, design, construction and management of projects in the built environment. Previous students have included architects, engineers, surveyors, planners, landscape designers, project managers, building economists, urban designers, client representatives, contractors, facility managers and construction litigators, amongst others. The six residential weeks are structured around current global challenges and opportunities facing the production of the built environment. Previous themes have included; sustainable construction and climate change; urbanism, change and future communities; the client, the user and the design team; retrofit, conservation and adaptation; innovation, new technologies and materials; and personal development, teamwork and leadership.

Students are supported in their research assignments through dedicated individual supervisions. IDBE has a large pool of tutors with expertise in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, retrofit, BIM, life cycle analysis, policy impacts and integrated design management. You will also develop your network of cross-disciplinary, international, and like-minded professionals from previous IDBE cohorts as well as joining the CISL Network of nearly 8,000 sustainability professionals who represent business, the public sector and civil society in every industry and on every continent. The Master’s is accredited by a number of professional institutions including the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Application deadline

01 June 2020

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University information

University of Cambridge

  • University League Table

    1st

  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

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