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The Undergraduate Certificate in International Development II aims to help you develop an understanding of the practice of international development, and to introduce you to the broad range of strategies, techniques and skills required for working in the field.

This Certificate is open to everyone regardless of previous educational experience but it may be of particular interest to:

  • a volunteer or professional engaged with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that operates overseas
  • a university student or staff member considering placements, careers in this field and/or further study
  • someone with a general interest in international development.

What will I be studying?

The Certificate is divided into three termly units taught via a regular monthly day school at the Institute of Continuing Education. Students are expected to attend all of the day schools throughout the year, the dates of which are given below. The content of the face-to-face teaching sessions will be consolidated through on-line teaching each term via the a Virtual Learning Environment.

Unit 1: The making of international development: concepts, theories and ideas

This unit will cover the evolution of key concepts and theories of development and will analyse how development theory has translated into practice.

Day schools are on Fridays at the Institute of Continuing Education on the following 3 dates: 2, 30 October and 27 November 2015.

Unit 2: Making poverty history: issues of debt and trade

This unit examines "poverty" and the politics behind aid, debt and trade, while highlighting the key players and approaches working towards the eradication of poverty.

Day schools are on Fridays at the Institute of Continuing Education on the following 3 dates: 8 January, 5 February, 4 March 2016.

Unit 3: A multi-disciplinary approach to international development

This unit will introduce how the different disciplines of economics, sociology and politics contribute to the understanding of international development and globilisation.

Day schools are on Fridays at the Institute of Continuing Education on the following 4 dates: 15 April, 13 May, 10 June and 8 July 2016

How will I be taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a series of day schools that will contain a mixture of informal lectures, seminars, practical sessions and discussion.

You will learn how to present your creative ideas both through speaking and writing. You will also have access to online support through our virtual learning environment, which will accelerate your learning and enhance your experience of the course. Visit the ICE Online introductory website for a taste of the kind of online support you will receive.

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. In particular, you will be expected in each term to:

  1. attend day-schools
  2. participate actively in class work
  3. undertake reading and assignments set by the tutors
  4. access resources and submit assignments through ICE Online, the Institute’s virtual learning environment.

It is essential that students have an email account and regular access to an internet-connected computer. The course is supported by a web-based Virtual Learning Environment and course communications will be sent via email. Students are expected to submit their assignments online and feedback on assignments is delivered online.

Students retain access to the learning resources on their course, and to the student common room, for two academic years after they have completed their course.

The computing facilities available at a public library or internet café may be sufficient and unlimited free computing and internet access will be available to you within the University Library throughout your course.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, please be aware that the course is taught at university level and you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently.

If English is not your first language, you will need to send us evidence of your competence in the English language when you apply for a place.

ICE English language requirements


The fee for the course is £1,800 for the year and covers tuition, and tea, coffee and a sandwich lunch at each of the day schools. You can pay in two ways:

  • in full on enrolment (by cheque payable to the University of Cambridge or by credit or debit card)
  • in three instalments (credit/debit card only): the first on enrolment, the second on 1 November 2015 and the third on 1 February 2016.

ICE fees and refund policy

How to apply

Online application is recommended and you will find a link to the online application form at the top of this page.

The course specification, giving full course details, is available below.

Applications for this course can be received until midday (12 noon) on the 7 September 2015. If you are offered a place on the course, we will ask you to complete your booking within a limited time and to pay the fees (£1,800) or if paying fees by instalments, the first instalment of fees to secure your place.

If you are not a UK resident please visit our international students' page to read about visas for part-time students. Please make sure you have investigated your visa requirements in advance of booking as we cannot offer a refund if you find you are unable to take up the place due to visa constraints after you have booked your place on the course.

What is the status of this qualification?

The Certificate is taught and awarded at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 4) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the first year of full-time undergraduate study.

What can I go on to do?

You can complete a second 60-credit Undergraduate Certificate in International Development (Undergraduate Certificate in International Development I) to claim a 120-credit Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education in International Development.

The Undergraduate Certificate in International Development I is expected to be available in 2016-17, with the following termly units:

  • being a developmental practitioner: multiple roles and contributions
  • sustainable development in theory and practice
  • contemporary issues in development: challenges and pathways

You may also like to consider the Advanced Diploma in International Development. This is taught and awarded at third-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 6). The Advanced Diploma develops participants' skills in critically evaluating theory and existing research before embarking on their own research project in the second year. Participants will be supported in carrying out an original piece of research, which will form the basis of a 10-12,000 word dissertation.

Credit awarded by the Institute can also be transferred into the degree programmes of other higher education providers. However the amount of credit which can be transferred into degree programmes varies from institution to institution and is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Find out more

The course specification for the Certificate in International Development II is available below under "Downloads".

If you would like an informal discussion on academic matters before making your application, please contact the Course Director, Dr Alexandra Winkels: aw546@cam.ac.uk

If you have any questions about the application process, contact our Admissions team: ice.admissions@ice.cam.ac.uk or +44 (0)1223 746262.

For all other enquiries, contact the Academic Programme Manager, Sarah Blakeney: ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk or +44 (0)1223 760865 / 746282.


pdf Course specification


Should you need to book accomodation in order to attend the day schools this may be possible at Madingley Hall depending on availability. Please visit the Madingley Hall website.

This course carries credit points under the nationally recognised Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). We offer a flexible, part-time route to academic qualification. For further details see the section ' Qualifications and awards'.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Bursaries available

You could be eligible for one of the following bursary awards:

  • Ivy Rose Hood Memorial Bursary (£500) – if you are over 22 and applying to study at university level for the first time.
  • Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary (£200) – if you teach at a UK state school or state-funded further education institution.

Find out more about bursary funding

Pre-enrolment information

Information about studying with ICE

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To book on this course you can either book online or contact us directly:

Write to us

Sarah Blakeney
Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

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+44 (0)1223 760865 / 746282

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Course details

Start date

2 October 2015 (10:00)

End date

8 July 2016 (17:00)

Application deadline

7 September 2015

Course code



1 year


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Course fee


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 10

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Course director