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Postgraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (PCIDBE)

Applications for the IDBE Postgraduate Certificate are open.
Download our IDBE brochure and information sheet for further details, or apply here for the 2019 course.

Duration and location

10 months, part time. A combination of two, week-long residential workshops in Cambridge and online learning modules.


The fee for 2019 entry is £5,960 which includes teaching fees, accommodation and course materials. 

About the IDBE Postgraduate Certificate

The Postgraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (PCIDBE) is a 10-month part-time course for built environment practitioners.

The Postgraduate Certificate was developed from the very successful IDBE Master’s to provide a lighter touch learning opportunity on the same critical issues that would be relevant to working professionals. This course is particularly suitable for those who do not wish to pursue a Master’s, but would still like to significantly enhance their professional knowledge base and skill set.

It is structured around the development of interdisciplinary working skills, engagement with innovation and technology, and utilising design decisions to tackle the pressing sustainability and resilience challenges in the built environment. In particular relating to: energy & resource efficiency; environment and biodiversity; human health and wellbeing; and sustainable development.

Through a combination of interdisciplinary insights, academic analysis, practical industry application, peer learning and personal reflection, PCIDBE aims to develop a community of leaders who have:

  • awareness of sustainability and the broad range of mitigation and adaptation strategies in the built environment
  • knowledge of design opportunities and challenges emerging within the wider built environment discourse
  • understanding of team roles and team behaviour.

Download the IDBE Postgraduate Certificate information sheet for further details.

How the course is delivered

PCIDBE draws on expertise from the University, as well as from external thought leaders and industry experts. Our team of tutors are integral to the learning process, providing expert subject knowledge and support. The programme is taught through a combination of online learning modules and two week-long residential workshops in Cambridge. The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate.


Who should attend?

The course will appeal to individuals working in all aspects of the built environment who are practitioner focused and not in a position to undertake a research dissertation.

The IDBE has traditionally been attended by a diverse range of built environment professionals including but not limited to: architects, building control officers, developers, engineers, landscape architects, planners, quantity surveyors, solicitors, specialist consultants, and urban designers.


if you would like to discuss the Postgraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment with a member of our team.

If you are interested in studying a full Master of Studies course, please visit our IDBE Master’s page.

Understand the design opportunities and challenges facing the built environment, studying alongside professionals from multiple disciplines.

More information

Visit the IDBE website for more information about the IDBE Postgraduate Certificate and Master’s, and to discover how previous IDBE graduates have used the course to accelerate their career.

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2019 intake Workshop dates


Workshop 1: 8 - 14 September 2019
Workshop 2: 8 - 14 December 2019


“IDBE gave me a greater appreciation, and understanding, of different built-environment agendas that allowed me to be far more influential in the boardroom and in more complex interdisciplinary project situations”

Jason Pomeroy, Architect, academic and broadcaster IDBE Cohort 10

“IDBE exceeded all of my expectations from an academic and personal perspective. My appreciation of the breadth and complexity of the built environment profession grew enormously… Students are exposed to an array of leading industry figures and we are constantly engaging in stimulating discussion both in and away from the classes and studios with guest lecturers, fellow students, supervisors and members of the wider University community.”

Helene Gosden, Senior Engineer, Arup Cohort IDBE 20

“IDBE is an incredible powerful and transformative course. Learning from professionals from a variety of backgrounds was invaluable. In addition, combining real-life experiences, meaningful projects and a networking environment provided me with an edge in a highly competitive industry.”

Seun Adekunbi, Infrastructure Management Consultant Cohort IDBE 17