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About our courses

The Institute's history and politics courses are always popular and reflect the breadth and depth of the University's scholarship in this area. We offer a range of short and part-time courses on topics ranging from ancient history to the present day.

View our full range of History, Politics and International Relations courses

Part-time Undergraduate qualifications

Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate in History - new for 2019 Register Interest
Certificate in Local History: Evaluating the past through British Local History Register Interest
Certificate in the Study of Early Medieval England Register Interest
Certificate in International Development Register Interest
Certificate in International Relations Register Interest
Certificate in Historic Building Conservation - new for 2019 Register Interest

Undergraduate Diplomas

Diploma in International Development: Environment, Sustainability and Globalisation Register Interest
Diploma in International Relations Closed for 2019

Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas

Advanced Diploma in Research in the Arts/Sciences Register Interest
Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice Register Interest

Our Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas are research-based courses (FHEQ level 6), which give you the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with qualified researchers in your field. You will be introduced to a research community and will begin to forge an identity as a researcher in your own right.

Part-time Postgraduate qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate

Certificate in Britain and the Holocaust - new for 2020 Apply Now

Part-time Master's degrees

MSt in History Apply Now
MSt in International Relations Register Interest
MSt in Building History Apply Now
MSt in Advanced Subject Teaching Apply Now

Holocaust studies

ICE’s programme in Holocaust Studies is focused on the connections between Britain and the Holocaust by taking an approach that examines the involvement of Britain before, during and after the Second World War.

Find out more about Holocaust Studies at ICE.

Short and Online courses

You can view our short and online courses in History, Politics, and International Relations here

Summer Programmes

Interdisciplinary Summer Programme Bookings open mid-December 2020
Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer Programme Bookings open mid-December 2020
History Summer Programme Bookings open mid-December 2020
Medieval Studies Summer Programme Bookings open mid-December 2020

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

History, Politics and International Relations tutors

Dr Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams is University Senior Lecturer and Academic Director for Local History at ICE and is a member of the Faculty of History. Samantha took her BA in History at the University of Lancaster before moving to Oxford to undertake her MSc in Economic and Social History.  She moved to Cambridge to complete her PhD on poverty and welfare provision under the Old Poor Law at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Before joining ICE she held lectureships in History at Goldsmith's College (University of London), the Faculty of History (University of Cambridge) and Trinity Hall (University of Cambridge).

History tutors

History courses at ICE are taught by tutors whose work spans a wide range of areas. Our current tutors’ interests include (to take a few examples) English social history, the history of Victorian England, naval and military history, intelligence history, the history of the monarchy and ancient Sparta.

What our students say

If you're thinking of applying 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

Find out more

For more information about any of these courses, please contact ug-awards@ice.cam.ac.uk.