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Support for students

 

You will be given support in a number of different ways throughout the course to help you develop the skills needed to successfully complete the programme.

 

Programme staff


The programme is designed by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which has over 30 years' experience of designing and delivering leadership programmes on sustainability. The CISL team is responsible for all elements of the programme design, management, administration and oversight of the academic process. 

The programme is delivered by a faculty of academic and industry tutors, professionals and practitioners. Dissertation supervisors are drawn from key departments within the University of Cambridge.

Directors of Studies

Your Director of Studies is responsible for overseeing your overall journey through the programme and responding to any substantive issues that might arise.

Tutors and supervisors

Tutors play a central role in guiding and supporting your completion of the written assignments. They facilitate the Group Research Project and supervise your individual assignments through face to face supervisions and via virtual supervisions.

Dissertation supervisors for Master’s students

A 15,000-word research dissertation is the main assessed item produced during the second year if you are on the Master’s Programme. While undertaking their research towards the dissertation, you receive oversight from an academic supervisor. Supervisors are selected for their topic-specific and research expertise. A broad spectrum of topics and research methodologies can be accommodated by drawing on academics from across the University and, if necessary, leading external experts. The dissertation is marked by two independent assessors.

 

Virtual learning


Virtual learning is an important part of the programme experience, providing opportunities for students to learn from each other as they engage with the latest thinking, applied to critical built environment issues.

Between the residential workshops, you participate in an e-learning programme and other non-residential learning activities, designed to complement the workshop themes and support your learning journey. This includes:

  • virtual tutorials and supervisions to support the assignments and dissertation process
  • content-based e-modules
  • working through preparatory documents, including prescribed readings/videos/audios, in advance of each workshop.

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is the main platform through which these activities are facilitated. The VLE also provides an avenue for communications between you and the Programme team, and to make available supplementary material, such as slides used by presenters and links to useful websites, articles, and other resources. The VLE has been developed using Moodle. This robust and user-friendly open-source software is widely used by providers of online learning, including the UK’s Open University.

The Master's in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment VLE can be accessed via the internet using a standard internet browser. (A username and password is required to enter the site.)

 

University and college information


Study resources

As members of the University, IDBE Master's students are entitled to make use of the University Library.

College membership

Master's students joining IDBE will become members of Wolfson College, a college specifically established for mature and graduate students. Wolfson College offers many opportunities for informal association between IDBE course members and members of the college from other academic disciplines, and provides an extension of the cross-discipline links that underlines the IDBE ethos. Membership is lifelong.

University life

As matriculated students of the University of Cambridge, IDBE master's students automatically become members of the University Centre which has bars, restaurants, cafes, computer and reading rooms. This membership will continue after completion of the course.

Alumni

For information on obtaining a life-long cantab university email address, worldwide alumni groups and much more, visit the University's Alumni website.

CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Postgraduate programmes starting in 2022 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out more.

 

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Programme overview

 

Meet the Directors


Join a webinar session hosted by the Directors of our part-time postgraduate courses as they give you an overview of our programmes and admissions process for 2022 applications and can answer your questions.

 

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Course Enquiries



Becky Stanley, Senior Project Manager