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There are a few spaces left on the Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice and late applications will be considered until 7 October 2019. If you are interested in applying, please contact for further details. 

The part-time research-based Undergraduate Advanced Diploma course (FHEQ level 6) gives you the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with qualified researchers in your field. You will be introduced to a research community and will begin to forge an identity as a researcher in your own right.


Watch an introduction to the course from Course Director Dr Alex Carter


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed ?

Teaching on the course     

The Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice is taught through a 3 day teaching block once per termly unit at Madingley Hall. The course will be taught via a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, discussions, individual supervisions and group supervisions, student presentations and online tasks via the Institute’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The dates of the termly unit teaching blocks are given in the “overview” information of this course page. You must ensure that you are able to attend all teaching sessions. Face-to-face individual supervisions will often take place during termly unit teaching blocks although there may be occasions where these need to take place remotely between teaching blocks.


All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. In particular, you will be expected to:

  1. Attend each day of the three termly unit teaching blocks
  2. Participate actively in class and supervision work
  3. Undertake reading and assignments set by tutors and your supervisor
  4. Access resources and submit assignments through ICE Online, the Institute's Virtual Learning Environment.

It is essential that you have an email account and regular access to the internet. The course is supported by a web-based virtual learning environment (VLE) and course communications will be sent via email. Your assignments will be submitted online, and feedback on your work is sent to you online.



For the Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice you will be required to submit three summative assessments during the course: a Systematic Literature Review (1,500 -2,000 words), a Mini-Project (3,000-4,000 words) and a written presentation report (1,500 - 2,000 words).


In addition to attending the face-to-face termly unit teaching blocks 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 Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice is taught and awarded at third-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 6) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the third year of full-time undergraduate study.


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

20 Oct 2019 to 12 May 2020

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

17 Jul 2019

Course fee

Home: £3,900
Overseas: £3,900

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


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

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 6

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 9

Course code