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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 Philosophy is a part-time course in philosophy aimed at graduates. Taught over a series of two-day teaching weekends and supporting one-to-one supervisions, the course explores a range of philosophical topics, from Ancient Philosophy to Existentialism. The first unit examines the origins of our notions of truth and reality by exploring a key text from the ancient world. In the second unit, students will consider how these ideas developed in early modernity as scientific enquiry takes hold. In the third unit, students will grapple with Existentialism. Throughout, students will engage in one-to-one supervisions and will be asked to choose one element of the taught content to relate to a contemporary problem in modern life, such as Artificial Intelligence or post-truth politics.

Students may use this course as a progression route to an MA or MPhil at University.


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, and oral presentations. The course will be supported by the Institute’s Virtual Learning Environment


You will be required to submit summative assignments totalling 11,500 – 14,500 words across the course, further details of which will be given in the course guide when available.

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

05 Sep 2020 to 16 May 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

31 Jul 2020

Course fee

Home/EU: £4,000
Overseas fee: £6,000

Academic director


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 6

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