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Overview of our part-time Master's-level sustainable business qualifications

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Key Details

Cambridge qualification:

Master of Studies Degree

Master of Studies Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Certificate 

Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business

Focus:

Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Sustainability Leadership 

(Business perspective)

Sustainable Business

Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Organisational stream


Value chains stream

Type of programme

Full Master’s degree Full Master’s degree

Postgraduate qualification equivalent to 2/3 of a Master’s degree. Progression to Master’s is under development.

Postgraduate qualification equivalent to 1/3 of a Master’s degree. Progression to Master’s IDBE is available.

Postgraduate qualification equivalent to 1/3 of a Master’s degree. Progression to PG Diploma or Master’s is available.

Application and key dates

Applications for 2021 open on 2 September 2020 (closing 31 May 2021).

Provisional 2021 intake dates: 

  • Workshop 1: 12-18 September 2021
  • Workshop 2: 12-18 December 2021
  • Workshop 3: 27 March-2 April 2022
  • Workshop 4: December 2022 (actual dates tbc)
  • Workshop 5: March/April 2023 (actual dates tbc)
  • Workshop 6: July 2023 (actual dates tbc)

Applications for 2021 open on 2 September 2020 (closing midday UK time 17 February 2021).

Provisional 2021 intake dates:

  • Workshop 1: 19-25 Sept 2021
  • Workshop 2: 03-09 Apr 2022
  • Workshop 3: 4-10 Sept 2022
  • Workshop 4: 19-25 Mar 2023

Applications for 2021 open on2 September 2020 (closing 31 March 2021).

See the Labs website for Labs dates, which are held at least biannually.

See Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business for stage 1 workshop dates.

Applications for 2021 open on 2 September 2020 (closing 31 May 2021).

Provisional 2021 intake dates:

  • Workshop 1: 12-18 September 2021
  • Workshop 2: 12-18 December 2021

Applications for 2021 open on 2 September 2020 (closing 31 March 2021).

2021 intake dates:

  • Workshop 1:5-8 July 2021
  • Workshop 2: 22-25 Nov 2021     

Fees

£22,200 (£11,100 p/a). Approx. 25 per cent of this covers membership of a Cambridge College. It excludes accommodation and meals; however, reasonably priced College accommodation is offered.

PG Cert alumni pay a reduced fee of £16,650 (£8,325 p/a)

£27,222 (£13,611 p/a). Approx. 25 per cent of this covers membership of a Cambridge College. It excludes accommodation and meals; however, reasonably priced College accommodation is offered.

PG Cert alumni (since 2008) pay a reduced fee of £20,292 (£10,146 p/a)

£16,144 , which includes all teaching fees, learning materials, accommodation for the Cambridge workshops and labs. Fees do not include travel costs.

PG Cert alumni (since 2008) pay £8,072 (additional to the original Postgraduate Certificate fee).

£6,750, which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops. Fees do not include travel costs.

£8,072, which includes all teaching fees, learning materials and accommodation for the two Cambridge residential workshops. Fees do not include travel costs.

Bursaries and discounts

Three scholarship opportunities are available; one for Outstanding Academic Excellence; the Pomeroy Academy Scholarship for candidates from the South East Asian region and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors Scholarship.
A limited number of bursaries for a 10-30% reduction in course fees are offered on a competitive need basis.

Possible sources of external funding are listed on our website.

Limited bursary funding is available for deserving candidates who are prevented from applying due to financial reasons. Bursaries are normally awarded to self-funding individuals, applicants from SMEs, the public sector, NGOs, or developing countries.

Currently no bursary funding is available via CISL.

Possible sources of external funding are listed on our website.

Limited bursary funding is available for deserving candidates who are prevented from applying due to financial reasons. Bursaries are normally awarded to self-funding individuals, applicants from SMEs, the public sector, NGOs, or developing countries.

Value chains stream only: A discounted rate is available for group applications.

 Accreditation*

180 CATS points at level M

180 CATS points at level M

120 CATS points at level M

60 CATS points at level M

60 CATS points at level M

*CATS points refers to the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme. It may be possible to transfer the CATS points to Level M programmes of other higher education institutions. As institutions vary on their policies of accepting transferred credits you should contact your preferred institution for further advice.

 

Course emphasis and format

Cambridge qualification:

Master of Studies Degree

Master of Studies Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Certificate 

Postgraduate Certificates

Focus:

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Sustainability Leadership 

(Business perspective)

Sustainable Business

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Organisational perspective


Value chains perspective


Course emphasis

Building leadership capacity amongst diverse built environment professionals for strategic and evidence based decision-making and inventive and creative problem solving in interdisciplinary teams.

Specific leadership responses to complex sustainability challenges and opportunities in a business context, and building leadership capacity to think creatively, holistically and systemically.

Same as for PCSB, and in addition, also provides an opportunity to take ‘deeper dives’ into topical and emergent leadership responses to sustainability in a business context.

Equip built environment professionals to respond to complex sustainability challenges with a focus on individual and interdisciplinary actions and agency as a predictor of project outcomes. 

Equipping individuals to respond to sustainability challenges and opportunities in mainstream business practice and 'real-life' industry contexts.

Equipping individuals and teams to respond to sustainability challenges and opportunities experienced by organisations seeking to embed sustainability principles across their value chains.

Who would benefit?

Mid-career professionals  involved in the financing, commissioning, design, assessment, construction and management of projects in the built environment who want to develop their capacity to deliver sustainable project outcomes and mobilise complex and diverse interdisciplinary teams, drawing on the research excellence of the University of Cambridge

Mid-career, current and aspiring leaders who want to develop their capacity to drive the business response to sustainability challenges, drawing on the research excellence of the University of Cambridge.

Mid-career professionals who wish to enhance their existing knowledge and gain a higher qualification through practical assignments rather than a research dissertation.

Mid-career professionals  involved in all aspects of the built environment who wish to gain a broad and action-oriented introduction to sustainability in the built environment as well as develop an understanding of effective interdisciplinary teamworking. 

Mid-career professionals who wish to gain a broad and action-oriented introduction to sustainability in a strategic business context, and apply within their organisation. 

Mid-career professionals who wish to gain a broad and action-oriented introduction to sustainability in a strategic business context, and apply across their organisation’s value chain. 

Duration and format

• Part time over 2 years

• 6 residential workshops in Cambridge; each workshop is 6 days

• Part time over 2 years

• 24 days residential in Cambridge via 4 workshops

• Part time over 1.5 to 3 years

• 15 days residential in Cambridge via workshops and Labs

• Part time over 10 months

• 12 days residential in Cambridge via 2 workshops

• Part time over 9 months

• 8 days residential in Cambridge via 2 workshops

Assessed work

First year: Two industry-relevant individual assignments and a Group Project (typically 5–7 students), supported by a specialist course Tutor.

Second year: 15,000-word research dissertation, under the direction of an academic Supervisor.

Part 1: As per assignments for Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business.

Part 2: Two short business relevant assignments and delivery of a webinar under the direction of a specialist course Tutor(s).

Two business - relevant individual assignments and a Group Project (typically 5–7 students), supported by a specialist course Tutor.

College membership and award of degree

Students become full members of a Cambridge College and can attend a University graduation ceremony at the Senate House.

Students are members of the University of Cambridge, but are not full members of a Cambridge College. Residential workshops are held in a range of Cambridge Colleges and Institutions, and an Award Ceremony at a Cambridge College is offered to candidates who wish to receive their certificate in person. 

Transfer between programmes

Alumni of the PG Cert IDBE can apply. If accepted, they pay a reduced fee and are exempt from the first-year assignments and the two residential workshops they already attended.

Alumni of PCSB (organisational or value chains streams, since 2008) can apply. If accepted, they pay a reduced fee and are exempt from the first-year assignments and the first residential workshop. 

At present there is no way of transferring PG Dip credit on to the MSt SL. A route to continue to a taught Master’s is being developed.

Alumni of the PCSB (organisational or value chains streams) are eligible to apply for the PG Dip. If accepted, they pay a reduced fee (compared with new applicants) and proceed directly to the PG Dip component.

A route to continue to a taught Master’s in Sustainability Leadership is being developed.

 

Alumni can apply to attend the MSt IDBE. If accepted, they pay a reduced fee and are exempt from the first-year assignments and the two residential workshops they already attended.

Individuals who have completed the PCSB (organisational or value chains stream) (since 2008) can use the credit gained to upgrade their qualification to either the PG Dip or the MSt in Sustainability Leadership. 

If accepted on to either of these courses they pay a reduced fee (see above). Those enrolling on the MSt in Sustainability Leadership are exempt from the first-year assignments and the first residential workshop.

Testimonials

Read testimonials from previous IDBE students and watch videos about how attending IDBE could benefit your employer.

Watch videos from past students about the benefits of the Master's, and read testimonials.

Read testimonials from previous IDBE students.

Read testimonials from previous IDBE students and watch videos about how attending IDBE could benefit your employer.

Read about the impact of our programmes from our students.


 

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