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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This course is part of the Interdisciplinary Summer Programme.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

Discover how many modern treatments for illnesses such as cancer, dementia and depression are derived from plants - including yew, snowdrop and cannabis. The course includes history (over 60,000 years), literature (the Bible and Shakespeare), the implications of deforestation and the importance of botanic gardens. Includes a visit to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden (1.7km, c.25 mins walk, or c.20 mins bus/walk). No botanical, chemical or medicinal knowledge required.


Course dates

22 Jul 2019 to 02 Aug 2019

Course duration

2 weeks

Apply by

08 Jul 2019

Course director

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


International Summer Programmes
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom
01223 760850

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 10

Course code