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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The course will provide students with a range of opportunities to develop their understanding of public policy through modules that combine extensive independent study and intensive study-visits, seminars and lectures in Cambridge, as well as the completion of an independent research project. The overarching pedagogic aim of the programme is to accelerate and deepen students’ grasp of the processes and dynamics affecting policy-making, the challenges of implementation facing all policy-makers, and the questions of evidence and expertise that have become increasingly salient in politics and policy discourse. Its concrete ambition is to help participants make a greater impact in their professional role.

The Certificate comprises three modules, each of a weekend’s duration and a fourth weekend will cover the skills and methods associated with the independent report which will focus on a research project (8,000 words) to be completed during June-August.

The dates of the residential weekends are:

4th -6th October 2019

17th - 19th January 2020

24 - 26 April 2020

22nd - 24th May 2020



Teaching & Assessment


Students are awarded a course grade on the basis of essays submitted for each module, and for the independent report.

Each module is assessed by an essay of 3,000 words

The independent report is assessed by an 8,000 word report


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

04 Oct 2019 to 28 Aug 2020

Course duration

10 months

Apply by

28 Jun 2019

Course fee

Home: £6,000
Overseas: £6,000

Academic director


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

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

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