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

Do you enjoy thinking about the nature of reality, how we should treat one another, what we should believe in, what it is possible for us to know, what distinguishes the meaningful from the meaningless, or what it takes to be a person ? If so, then this Certificate may well be for you.

Please note that the Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language and Ethics was previously called the Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy I.



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 the internet. The course is supported by a web-based Virtual Learning Environment and course communications will be sent via email. Your assignments will be submitted online and feedback on your work is delivered online.

Students retain access to the learning resources on their course for two academic years after they have completed their course.


You will be required to submit 2 assignments of 1800-2000 words each per termly unit. Students will also have the opportunity to work together on a group presentation during units 2 and 3.

In addition to attending the face-to-face termly teaching blocks and submitting assignments 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-class preparation, classroom time (lectures, seminars, discussion, presentations, debates, case-studies etc.); engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, preparations for assignments, assignment writing and feedback and so on.

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

14 Oct 2018 to 07 Jul 2019

Course duration

1 year

Apply by

03 Sep 2018

Course fee

Home/EU: £2,175
Overseas fee: £2,175


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

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ4

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 12

Course code