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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The Certificate in Genetics focusses on DNA at the core of life - how DNA works and how it informs the structures and functions of living things. The course explores key scientific advances and recent changes in the understanding of genetics. In particular, we investigate the medical and biotechnological breakthroughs that have already taken place in the field and possibilities for future developments.



How will I be taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a mixture of informal lectures, seminars and discussion as part of day-schools and practical sessions.

Students learn how to present their creative ideas both through speaking and writing and have access to online support through the Institute's Virtual Learning Environment, which will accelerate their learning and enhance the experience of the course. Visit the ICE Online introductory website for a taste of the kind of online support available.

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

  1. attend the day-schools and practical sessions
  2. participate actively in class work
  3. undertake reading and assignments set by the tutors
  4. access resources and submit assignments through ICE Online, the Institute’s Virtual Learning Environment.

It is essential that students have an email account and regular access to an internet-connected computer. The course is supported by a web-based Virtual Learning Environment and course communications will be sent via email. Students are expected to submit their assignments online and feedback on assignments is delivered online.

The computing facilities available at a public library or internet café may be sufficient and unlimited free computing and internet access will be available to students within the University Library throughout their course.

Students retain access to the learning resources on their course, and to the student common room, for two academic years after they have completed their course.

What is the status of this qualification?

The course is taught and awarded at first-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 4) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the first 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

07 Oct 2017 to 02 Jun 2018

Course duration

1 year(s)

Apply by

04 Sep 2017

Course fee


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


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 4

Teaching sessions

Fieldtrips: 1
Saturday sessions: 14

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