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Hubble Ultra Deep Field Credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team

The universe is 13.7 billion years old, but how do astronomers know that so accurately? In this course, you will explore the different techniques starting with dating rocks and meteorites - scientists have used over the centuries to come up with the current age estimate of the universe. You will even have a chance to use real astronomical data to try and determine the age of the universe yourself.* Weather permitting, this course will offer a short observing session of the night sky. 

*The practical activity uses basic mathematics and Microsoft Excel, however no previous knowledge is required to participate in the course. 

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Fees and bursaries

Fees

Fees for weekend courses cover tuition, meals (except breakfast) and refreshments, including morning coffee and afternoon tea during teaching hours, and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited). Accommodation can be booked for an additional fee and includes breakfast.

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion). It is sometimes possible to stay for extra nights or extra meals, or to invite guests to meals, at an additional cost and by prior arrangement with the Admissions team.

If you do not wish to pay in full at the time of booking, you may pay a 15% registration fee as a deposit by credit/debit card. The balance will automatically be taken two weeks before the start of the course. If you wish to pay by cheque, you will need to pay in full when the booking is made.

You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.

Cambridge University Press Bursaries for teachers

The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

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.

Course dates

18 May 2018 to 20 May 2018

Course duration

1 weekend(s)

Course fee

£280

Accommodation fees

Single room: £60 per night

Double/Twin room £50 per person, per night (2 people sharing)

Venue

Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
UK

Qualifications / Credits

Non-accredited

Course code

1718NRX077