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Postgraduate Study

1 course offered in the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) is a transformative part-time master’s programme at the University of Cambridge for global practitioners working in the built environment. The master's was created by a powerful partnership between the University of Cambridge’s world-leading Architecture and Engineering Departments.  It is designed for professionals working in the built environment who want to deliver the kind of sustainable and resilient places and spaces which are crucial to our common future. Interdisciplinary awareness and related management skills are seldom part of standard architecture, engineering and other built environment qualifications. IDBE helps ambitious built environment professionals meet the increasing demands of their market, their sector and invigorate their personal development.

The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. Students are supported by a team of expert tutors and supervisors. The speakers, lecturers and facilitators are leading experts and practitioners from both academia and industry.  A key feature of the programme is the collaborative learning experience. The programme facilitates shared learning between peers, and networking with the extensive range of contributors, together providing a rich learning environment.


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From the Department of Architecture

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Building History is an academically rigorous yet practical course aiming to equip students for careers in historic building investigation, research, recording, assessment, management and interpretation. The MSt in Building History draws on expertise in both the academic and the professional spheres.

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From the Institute of Continuing Education

This two-year, part-time Master’s programme is designed for those who wish to study at postgraduate level and are keen to develop high-level skills in history of art and visual culture.

The MSt takes place over two years, running typically from September/October of the first year to June of the second. The taught elements of the syllabus, Year 1, are offered during the first year in three intensive study blocks, each of which is examined by an assessed essay to be submitted at the end of each term.

Year 1: During the first year, all students will be required to undertake six core modules, 2 per term, paired in numerical order:

  • Modules 1, 3 & 5: Thematic approaches to understanding art
  • Modules 2, 4 & 6: Research, Sources and Methods

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