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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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We are living in a golden age of astronomy, yet at the same time we, embarrassingly, don't know what 96% of the Universe is made up of: 26% is Dark Matter about which we understand some things, whilst 70% is Dark Energy which we hardly understand at all. This is the Dark Universe, in which our part of the universe could be thought of as little more than trace elements.

This course will examine how astronomers and scientists are struggling to bridge this chasm of understanding and investigate that darkest of dark objects, the Black Hole. We also consider the likelihood for life elsewhere in such a universe. As Arthur C. Clarke once said "Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not, both are equally terrifying.". Either will be species defining.


Fees & bursaries


The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

25 Feb 2020 to 31 Mar 2020

Course duration

5 Weeks

Apply by

21 Feb 2020

Course fee


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


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

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code