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difference between an MSc and an MSt

A Master’s of Studies (MSt) is a part-time degree awarded at the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. Cambridge does not have an MSc award, and at Cambridge and Oxford, a Master of Arts (MA) is an honorary qualification. For students who attend the University of Cambridge and undertake Master's-level study there are two options – the Master of Philosophy, which is awarded for full-time Master's-level study, and the Master of Studies which is awarded for part-time Master's-level study. They both have the same gravitas and are recognised as the same level of degree.


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.


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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 2023 applications and can answer your questions.


Blog: A day in the life of an IDBE student:

Hear from students as they share their experience of the programme and detail what an average day looks like on one of the residential workshops in Cambridge, UK. Read here.


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