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Welcome to the Undergraduate Certificate International Development, a University of Cambridge award offered by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). The Certificate is taught and awarded at FHEQ level 4 (i.e. first-year undergraduate level) and attracts 60 credits. The award is completed in one academic year. For further information about academic credit please see our website:



Unit 1

Contextualising Modern Issues in Development

Start date: 16 October 2020     End date: 28 November 2020

(For the exact dates please see the Course Guide below)

This unit aims to critically explore the different approaches to understanding poverty and inequality. It explains the diverse types of poverty and explores the different levels at which poverty reduction can be addressed.

What is the link between poverty and inequality?

What are the different factors that affect the success or failure in reducing poverty and inequality?

How does context matter when designing and implementing poverty reduction strategies in practice? 

Unit 2

Approaches to International & Sustainable Development

Start date: 8 January 2021     End date: 27 February 2020

(For the exact dates please see the Course Guide below)

Through the use of case studies, the unit will analyse the evolution of ideas and experiences in International Development over time to provide students with an appreciation of different development perspectives, approaches, successes and failures. 

By the end of the unit students should be to understand the importance of history and context and analyse some of the critical factors that facilitate or undermine international development.  

Unit 3 

Governance, Integrity, the Problem of Economic  Crime and its Cultures

Start date: 16 April 2021     End date: 9 May 2020

(For the exact dates please see the Course Guide below)

The issue of governance has been gaining importance in international development institutions’ and academics’ agendas and this unit will consider the various conceptions of governance. This includes topics such as rule of law, corruption and accountability and we will consider both formal and informal institutions, and their roles in the international aid infrastructure. We will also discuss the different players involved in international development (states, non-state actors, multilateral institutions, grassroots movements and individuals) and delve into their historical work, prevalent ideologies and power differentials. Finally the unit will focus on the relationship and differences in theoretical and practical approaches to international development concepts and programming.  




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

16 Oct 2020 to 04 Jun 2021

Course duration

1 year

Apply by

14 Sep 2020

Course fee


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


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 4

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 9

Course code