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PGCert in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (PCIDBE)

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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.

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.


Visit the PGCert in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (PCIDBE) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

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