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

We can confirm that for the academic year 2020-2021 this course will start by being taught remotely, with face-to-face teaching returning when the situation becomes viable and safe to do so. Read more here.

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.

This one-year course is open to all specialties and includes modules on clinical research, clinical education and clinical leadership. It is designed for Specialty Registrars or equivalent, GPs, dentists and newly appointed consultants.

The course is taught part-time and is designed to be flexible and accessible to working healthcare professionals contributing towards research and professional development through reinforcement of Good Clinical Practice (GCP)


Teaching & Assessment

Teaching and learning

The Postgraduate Certificate comprises three modules and combines face-to-face study days with on-line activity, study and assignments. 

Module 1: Clinical Leadership (available as stand-alone study)

  • Monday 7th - Thursday 10th September 2020
  • Thursday 19th November 2020
  • Thursday 3rd June 2021 (project presentations)

Module 2: Clinical Research

  • Monday 18th - Thursday 21st January 2021
  • Thursday 18th February 2021

Module 3: Clinical Education (available as stand-alone study)

  • Monday 12th - Thursday 15th April 2021
  • Thursday 6th May 2021

A virtual learning environment will support students’ learning throughout the programme.


Students are assessed formatively throughout the course using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection. Demonstration of active participation in the programme will be required. There may also be a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.

Students will be required to submit :

  • two assignments for summative assessment, each 3,000 words or equivalent;
  • one assignment from the leadership simulation workshop of 1,000 words or equivalent; 
  • a Service Improvement Project including a presentation, poster and written element.



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

01 Sep 2020 to 31 Jul 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

31 Jul 2020

Course fee

Home: £5,000
Overseas: £7,000


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 16

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