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

What is knowledge? How does it differ from mere belief, or a lucky guess? Do we have minds? Can thoughts and sensations be identified with states of the brain? How should human beings be treated? When, if ever, is it permissible to deliberately harm other people? What is it to act freely, and do we ever have true freedom? 

The Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy II will help you to find answers to these and other questions. You will engage with some key debates in the history of philosophy, as well as in contemporary discussions in the philosophy of mind, and you will be given the opportunity to reflect on the current socio-political trends whilst examining the pivotal developments in modern social and political philosophy.



How will I be taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a mixture of informal lectures and 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.

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 Sunday 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 required to submit their assignments online and feedback on assignments is delivered online.

Students retain access to the learning resources on their course 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.

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.


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

08 Oct 2017 to 08 Jul 2018

Course duration

1 year(s)

Apply by

04 Sep 2017

Course fee

Home/EU: £2,000
Overseas fee: £2,000

Course director


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 12

Course code