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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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International development is multi-disciplinary by nature and as part of this course you will learn about the basic differences in how economic, political and social dimensions underpin persistent poverty and inequality both between and inside countries. Being an applied subject area, teaching on the course draws from both academic research and practical applications. This course is an ideal foundation for either further study or building up your general knowledge.



How will I be taught and assessed ?

The course is taught through a series of day schools by tutors whose expertise is shaped by both theoretical knowledge and practical experience. For a list of tutors who teach on the international development programmes please see the International development and global change subject page. Day schools are delivered as a combination of lectures, seminars, class discussion and individual presentations.

You will learn how to present your ideas both through speaking and writing. You will also have access to online support through our virtual learning environment, which will accelerate your learning and enhance your experience of the course.

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 in each unit to:

  1. attend day-schools
  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 the internet. The course is supported by a web-based Virtual Learning Environment and course communications will be sent via email. Your assignments will be submitted online and feedback on your work is delivered online. Students retain access to the learning resources on their course for two academic years after they have completed their course.


During the course you will submit the following pieces of work:

Unit 1

Summative assignment 1: three formative short essays (1000 -1500 words) are written throughout the unit, one of which is submitted as a summative assignment at the end of the unit.
Summative assignment 2: one essay (2000-2500 words).

Unit 2

Summative assignment 1: Individual student presentation
Summative assignment 2: one essay (2500-3000 words)

Unit 3

Summative assignment: one essay (3500 - 4000 words)

In addition to attending both the face-to-face teaching during each day schools 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 Certificate 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

05 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019

Course duration

1 year

Apply by

21 Sep 2018

Course fee

Home: £2,700
Overseas: £2,700

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 4

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 10

Course code