Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

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Choose from a range of part-time University of Cambridge qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our awards are linked to the framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and some of our courses also lead to professional qualifications. Please note that the University does not offer a part-time undergraduate degree.

Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate Diplomas

Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas

Postgraduate qualifications

Professional qualifications

Funding: bursaries and student loans

What our students say

 


Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate courses are taught part-time over one year (unless otherwise indicated), at first-year undergraduate level. Most are open to anyone with an interest in the subject, and you don't need any special qualifications to apply. Two Certificates in the same subject (where available) can be combined into an Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education, equivalent to one year of full-time study.

Undergraduate Certificate courses beginning in October 2016

We are now inviting applications for the following Certificate courses in 2016/17:

The following additional subjects are likely to be offered in 2017/18:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in English Literature
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Evolutionary Biology
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Film Studies
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Physical Sciences
  • Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education in Historic Building Conservation*

* Taught part-time over two years

How to apply

Follow the links above to find out more about a particular course, or contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk to register your interest.

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Undergraduate Diplomas

Diplomas are taught part-time over one year, at second-year undergraduate level, and allow you to study your chosen subject in greater depth. Two Diplomas in the same subject (where available) can be combined into an Undergraduate Diploma of Higher Education, equivalent to one year of full-time study.

Undergraduate Diploma courses beginning in October 2016

We are now inviting applications for the following Diploma courses in 2016/17:

The following additional subjects are likely to be offered in 2017/18:

  • Undergraduate Diploma in History of Art
  • Undergraduate Diploma in International Development: Economy, Society and Welfare (subject to University approval)
  • Undergraduate Diploma in Local History

How to apply

Follow the links above to find out more about a particular course, or contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk to register your interest.

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Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas

Advanced Diplomas are taught part-time over two years, at third-year undergraduate level. They allow you to pursue your own research project under the guidance of a Cambridge supervisor, and provide an excellent grounding in research methods for those wishing to continue with their research at a higher level.

Advanced Diplomas require a maximum of nine visits to Cambridge over two years: an Induction Day followed by eight individual supervisions (it may be possible to conduct a limited number of these remotely). Hence these courses are accessible to students from all over the world.

Undergraduate Advanced Diploma courses beginning in November 2016

We are now inviting applications for the following Advanced Diploma courses in 2016/17:

How to apply

Follow the links above to find out more about a particular course, or contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk to register your interest.

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Postgraduate qualifications

The University of Cambridge offers a number of part-time courses at postgraduate level, including Certificates, Diplomas and MSt degrees:

Postgraduate Awards, Certificates and Diplomas

Master of Studies (MSt) degrees

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Please note: it is essential that students on these courses have regular access to an internet-connected computer and have an email account. Course communications will be sent via email and courses are supported by a web-based virtual learning environment. 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 Cambridge University Library throughout your course.


Funding: bursaries and student loans

If you are new to higher education or if you’re a state-funded teacher, you could be eligible for an ICE Bursary award. You may also have access to part-time student loans if you’re studying for your first university qualification. Plus you can pay your fees in instalments, to help spread the cost of study.

Find out more about funding for ICE courses

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What our students say

If you're thinking of applying for a Certificate or Diploma course but aren't sure what to expect, why not read what some of our recent students have to say about their experience of studying here?

Read what our students say

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