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difference between an MSc and an MSt

Unlike an MSc, the MSt (Master of Studies) is a part-time Master’s degree, designed for individuals who may be working full time as well as studying.

The modular structure of consolidated teaching blocks enables those living further away from Cambridge, including international students, to undertake a Master's. It allows you to develop your professional and academic interests for career progression, diversification and/or personal development.

Many MSt students will have some years of experience in the field prior to undertaking the programme. The Master’s in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) MSt students have a minimum of three years' professional experience after graduating in their particular discipline.

IDBE is delivered through a combination of six week-long residential workshops in Cambridge, and online learning modules.

Find out more about the IDBE Master’s and read testimonials from previous students.

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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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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