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We are currently accepting applications for the following International Development courses beginning in autumn 2014:

Undergraduate Certificate in International Development I

Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in International Development

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 course is divided into three termly units taught via a regular monthly day school at the Institute of Continuing Education. The content of the face-to-face teaching sessions will be consolidated through on-line teaching each term via the course's Virtual Learning Environment. Before booking a place on the course please make sure that you can meet the attendance requirements of the course and be able to attend a minimum of two-thirds of the day schools per term.

Term 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: October 4th, November 1st and December 6th 2013.

Term 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 4 dates: January 10th, February 7th, March 7th and April 4th 2014.

Term 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 3 dates: May 2nd, June 6th and July 4th 2014.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Day schools will be an exciting mix of interactive discussions and short presentations. You will be given a short list of readings prior to each day school that you will be guided through and asked to reflect on through online tutorials.

It is essential that students have an e-mail account and regular access to an internet-connected computer. The course is supported by a web-based virtual learning environment and there will also be some on-line teaching between day schools. Course communications will be sent via e-mail and students are required 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.

Visit the ICE Online introductory website for a taste of the kind of online support you will receive.

You will be expected to take an active part in the sessions and online fora and to submit work showing evidence of learning. In particular, each term you will be expected to:

  1. attend at least two-thirds of the 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.

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 before you can book a space on the course as ICE cannot hold a place while an applicant is waiting for test results. Please see the information on the international students' page.


The fee for the course is £1,750 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 by 1 November 2013 and the third by 1 February 2014.

How to apply

If you wish to enrol for this Certificate please follow the link to the online application form at the top of this page. 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.

The deadline for applications is 9 September 2013, however please note that spaces on this Certificate programme fill up very quickly and therefore early application is advised.

What is the status of this qualification?

The course 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 2014-15, 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

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

For any enquiries, please contact the Academic Programme Manager, Sarah Blakeney or Programme Administrator, Rachel Revell: ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk (tel: 01223 760865/746282)

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


pdf Course specification


The course specification for this Certificate is available above. 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.

Pre-enrolment information

Information about studying with ICE

Register interest

To register your interest in this course please contact us:

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

4 October 2013 (10:00)

End date

25 July 2014 (12:00)

Application deadline

9 September 2013

Course code



1 year


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

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 10

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Course director