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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Studying postgraduate courses in 2020-2021 – Michaelmas term to be delivered remotely

Updated 15th June 2020:

For the Michaelmas term of the 2020-2021 Academic Year this course is being taught remotely. This means there will be no face-to-face teaching and you will not need to be present in person in Cambridge. The course content will be delivered, and the learning outcomes met, through the use of video-based teaching platforms and a dedicated course Virtual Learning Environment. Face-to-face teaching will resume when it is safe and possible to do so. We have extended the application deadline for this course until 31 July 2020. Applications received from now until the closing date will be considered as soon as they are received. If the course capacity is reached we retain the right to close the application deadline sooner than advertised.

The new Postgraduate Certificate in Britain and the Holocaust is the only course of its type in the country. Taught in a series of three-day teaching blocks over three termly units, the course explores the multiple ways in which the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust touched Britain, both before, during and long after WWII. The first unit examines the refugee crisis of the 1930s, as those fleeing Nazism sought refuge in Britain, only to face antisemitism and rising fascism in the UK too. In the second unit students will learn about the impact of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution in the Channel Islands, the only part of the British Isles to be occupied. The third unit explores the legacy of the Holocaust since 1945 in the realms of heritage, literature, culture, education and film.

Progression for students who have completed this course is offered in the MSt in History (FHEQ Level 7). Students also often use this course as a progression route to Master’s level study elsewhere.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed ?


Teaching and learning on the course is delivered through a combination of presentations by the tutor, a range of interactive and participative methods of teaching and learning, and through reading and assignments to be undertaken by students outside of the teaching sessions. Such interactive and participative methods of teaching and learning may include small and whole group exercises, projects, case studies, structured seminar discussion, videos, oral presentations and field trips. The course will be supported by the Institute’s Virtual Learning Environment.


You will be required to submit summative assignments totalling 9,000 – 12,000 words across the course, as outlined in the course guide.

In addition to attending both the face-to-face teaching during each day school and submitting assignments, you will need to set aside time for independent study. Credit is generally calculated in terms of hours of study and assumes that each credit is awarded for around 10 hours of successful learning; so, by this calculation, a 60-credit course will involve around 600 hours of successful study. Examples of how study may be broken down are: pre-class preparation, classroom time (lectures, seminars, discussion, presentations, debates, case-studies etc.); engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, preparations for assignments, assignment writing and feedback, and so on.

What is the status of this qualification? 

The Postgraduate Certificate is equivalent to 60 credits at FHEQ Level 7 within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).


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

25 Sep 2020 to 16 May 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

31 Jul 2020

Course fee

Home: £4,000
Overseas: £6,000

Course director

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


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

Teaching sessions

Fieldtrips: 1
Meetings: 9

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