University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

This course is run jointly by the departments of engineering and architecture. It also has links with the department of land economy and other departments of the university. The course offers early career, built environment professionals the opportunity to study in a collaborative learning setting. It provides a strategic overview of the production of the built environment, including current challenges faced by the construction industry such as global climate change and sustainability. It equips professionals for strategic decision making, inventive problem solving and team leadership; the course develops skills in effective collaboration and communication, particularly between clients and their advisors, design professionals, constructors and users. The course was initiated and has been shaped by the design professions and has its own distinctive learning style developed and refined since its inception in 1994. Students participate in tutorial discussions, workshops, lectures, seminars and studio projects undertaken in mixed discipline teams.

Entry requirements

At least a 2.1 Honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university, applicants are expected to be native speakers of English, or to have a near-native command of the language before admission.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed by 1 5,000 word case study and 2 3,000 word essays in the 1st year, and a 15,000 word thesis at the end of the 2nd year, on self selected topics.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSt Part-time £ 7,035 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

IDBE Office
Telephone number: 
01223 760117