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Leadership of Urban Digital Innovation for Public Value


Course Fees for 2024 Entry

Fees for each year of the programme is £7,650.

Students will be expected to cover the application fees for each year of the programme. Each qualification incurs its own annual fee - please see each qualification for details. Students will need to cover any costs of travel, subsistence and accommodation during the residential weeks in Cambridge; accommodation being typically around £400 per residential working week. Suitable refreshments will be provided during the residential weeks between sessions (e.g. tea & coffee, lunches). Students will require the use of a laptop for the duration of the course.

Funding opportunities

Students working in an industry setting may be able to obtain funding via their own organisations. A discount is available to students from public sector organisations (a proof will be required).

For information on bursaries and scholarships, please contact 

Alternatively, you may wish to explore sources of government funding and financial support, including professional and career development loans.

Support for students and their learning

The Engineering Department conforms to the University’s Codes of Practice for Taught Master's Students and for Research Students. Throughout the period of study, the following support will be available to all students:

  • All students will be assigned a Course Advisor.
  • The Course Director will be a direct point of contact for all students.
  • An induction programme will help students start out on the course effectively.
  • Handbooks, including syllabus, teaching and supervision schedules, will be provided so that the students can organise their studies accordingly.
  • Online teaching support will be offered outside teaching hours but within the working day.
  • Electronic course materials, including lecture recordings and notes, will be available to aid students’ self-learning and revisions.
  • MSt students will each be assigned a research project supervisor.

Academic support away from the Cambridge environment

Students will be able to utilise all available online resources, including the Department of Engineering’s website and Moodle, to support continued excellent learning while away from Cambridge (i.e., during non-residential sessions). Student forums for discussions will be available on Moodle to provide a platform for both academic discussions and for themes more related to well-being, including dealing with academic pressures, effective study mechanisms for part-time learning, and planning for residential weeks. These arrangements for continued engagement are designed to help students remain healthy, sound (mentally and physically) and engaged with each other and with the course team even when away from Cambridge.

Welfare, mental health and disability support

Academic and professional staff will provide pastoral welfare support and signposting of students to appropriate experts.

The University welcomes applications from potential students with disabilities; indeed, more than 14% of the oversall student population has disclosed a disability (January 2018). The University has a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities, and we will do everything reasonably possible to ensure that all students are able to participate fully in the course without disadvantage. Depending on an individual student's circumstances, this may include flexible extensions to deadlines, prior access to lecture notes, provision of a safe space, ensuring the accessibility of venues, and many other possible adjustments.

In ensuring that reasonable adjustments are made fairly and equitably, we will be using the University's own experience of granting adjustments to a wide range of students, as well as being informed by any statements that the student has passed on from doctors or previous institutions where relevant.

Potential students with disabilities are encouraged to get in touch with the Engineering Graduate Studies Office ( as soon as possible to discuss any requirements. All applications will be based on academic merit, and disclosures of disability will not be passed on to academics during the admissions process without the permission of the applicant.

Graduate employability and career destinations

The course will equip students with knowledge needed to explore significant opportunities to take on leadership roles in their organisations, and ultimately adjust and refine their career goals in urban digitalisation and the broader built environment. The course provides a direct route to career enhancement, and it is expected that a student would have a good understanding of this, as judged by the motivation put forward for taking the course as part of the admissions process. The mixed cohort that will be admitted inherently offers networking opportunities, exposing students to a wider range of career opportunities both from their fellow students but also their Course Advisor, and invited guest speakers (e.g., Business Executives and accomplished professionals from multilateral agencies). To sustain the professional network that will be cultivated over the course duration, an alumni community will be formed and sustained via periodic newsletters and sharing sessions for feedback about the impact of the course on their career developments. This will further sustain the peer-to-peer and cross-cohort networking to help identify and harness their career potentials during and after successfully completing the course.