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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course aims to develop students’ abilities in research methods and practices, their English language and academic literacy skills, and understanding of current and emerging themes in Engineering. In so doing, the course prepares students to undertake Master’s level study in higher education institutions in the UK, or elsewhere, in Engineering.

For more information on this Advanced Diploma programme watch our introductory video.


Teaching & Assessment

Teaching will be delivered using a combination of the following formats;


The 3 hour face-to-face workshops will be split into small sessions covering research fundamentals relevant to both disciplines guided by the four current themes. 

Discipline-specific Research Seminars 

Workshops will be supported by discipline-specific two hour face-to-face research seminars. These are intended to deepen the understanding of research fundamentals in relation to the chosen research topic. 

Independent Learning

In addition students will be expected to deepen their knowledge and understanding outside the classroom through independent learning and reflection. 

In Unit 1, the themes will form the basis of weekly three hour workshops. The workshops will bring Business Management and Engineering students together to explore research fundamentals based on discipline-specific case studies relevant to each theme. This will give insight into research fundamentals across the disciplines. Students can utilise theme-based case studies in research seminars and supervisions to inform their own assignments and research.

In Unit 2, the themes explored in Unit 1 will be revisited and weekly three hour workshops will be structured around these themes with a focus on understanding research processes in both disciplines. In Unit 2, discipline-specific research seminars will analyse more deeply the theme-based case studies to equip students with knowledge and understanding of discipline-specific research processes.

In Unit 3 the exploration of current and emerging themes in research will be continued, as far as possible, through the presentations of current Postdoc, PhD and Master’s students in both disciplines and tutor led summary presentations. This will help students to further understand the research context and the scale of conducting research projects in the relevant area. This will have the benefit of enabling students on the course to appreciate the level of research required to complete a PhD and Master’s at the University, or elsewhere, and allow students to network with a group of international researchers and students currently at Cambridge. It will also highlight potential employment opportunities after Master’s level study.


Unit 1 (30 credits):

Coursework. A systematic literature review, related to an Engineering research question.

Unit 2 (30 credits):

Coursework. A methodological essay or a mini-project

Unit 3 (60 credits):

Dissertation. Related to an Engineering research question/topic.

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

06 Oct 2020 to 30 Jun 2021

Course duration

9 Months

Apply by

20 Apr 2020

Course fee

Home: £13,875
Overseas: £17,500

Course director

Academic director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

120 credits at Level 6