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This part-time research-based Undergraduate Advanced Diploma course (FHEQ level 6) gives you the opportunity to carry out focused research in your discipline under close supervision; and to provide opportunities for potential progression to further study.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?


The Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Research in the Arts/Sciences is taught through 2 day schools and 3 hours of individual supervision in each of the 3 termly units.

The dates of the 2 day schools are given in the overview section of the course web page along with the outline of the course structure. Attendance at both day schools for all students is required. Students and supervisors make individual arrangements for their supervision dates.

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 to:

  1. Attend the 2 day schools and all individual supervisions
  2. Participate actively in day schools and supervision work
  3. Undertake reading and tasks set by your supervisor
  4. Access resources and submit assignments through the Institute's Virtual Learning Environment.


During the course you will work directly with a subject-specialist supervisor on an independent research project of 10,000-12,000 words. In addition to attending the 2 day schools and your individual supervisions you will need to set aside time for independent study. Credit is generally calculated in terms of hours of study and assumes that each credit is awarded for around 10 hours of successful learning; so, by this calculation, a 60-credit course will involve around 600 hours of successful study. Examples of how study may be broken down are: pre-day school and supervision preparation, reading relevant books and articles; engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, dissertation drafting and considering feedback and so on.

What is the status of this qualification?

The Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Research in the Arts/Sciences is taught and awarded at third-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 6) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the third year of full-time undergraduate study.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

30 Sep 2020 to 26 May 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

08 Jun 2020

Course fee

Home/EU: £3,950
Overseas fee: £3,950

Course director


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ6

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 8

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