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Please note that this course has started and enrolment is no longer possible.

The Undergraduate Certificate in International Relations provides a broad overview to what International Relations is, how the International Order has come about and how it is changing. The course is designed for members of the public who wish to gain a better understanding of global issues affecting society today, but it will also be of particular interest to those considering the Institute's MSt degree in International Relations or those who have a professional interest in the study of International Relations.



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.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a combination of formal presentations by the tutors; a range of interactive and participative methods of teaching and learning, and through reading and assignments to be undertaken individually by students outside the course sessions. Such interactive and participative methods of teaching and learning may include small and whole group exercises, case studies, structured seminar discussion, oral presentations etc.

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 (VLE), which will accelerate your learning and enhance your experience of the course. 

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 the teaching weekends
  2. participate actively in class work
  3. undertake reading and assignments set by the tutors
  4. access resources and submit assignments through the VLE

It is essential that you have an email account and regular access to the internet. The course is supported by a web-based VLE and course communications will be sent via email. Your assignments will be submitted online, and feedback on assignments is sent to you online.

Students will retain access to the course VLE space and learning resources for two academic years after completing their course.


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

26 Oct 2018 to 07 Jul 2019

Course duration

1 year

Apply by

05 Oct 2018

Course fee

Home/EU: £2,700
Overseas fee: £2,700



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

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Course code