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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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There are a few spaces left on this course and applications have been re-opened until Friday 13 September 2019.

What is knowledge? How does it differ from mere belief, or a lucky guess? Do we have minds? Can thoughts and sensations be identified with states of the brain? How should human beings be treated? When, if ever, is it permissible to deliberately harm other people? What is it to act freely, and do we ever have true freedom? 

This Certificate course will help you to find answers to these and other questions. You will engage with some key debates in the history of philosophy, as well as in contemporary discussions in the philosophy of mind, and you will be given the opportunity to reflect on the current socio-political trends whilst examining the pivotal developments in modern social and political philosophy.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy: History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Political Philosophy was previously called the Undergraduate Certificate in Philosophy II.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed ?



The course is taught through a series of day schools and will include a mixture of informal lectures, seminars, practical sessions and discussion.


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. 



You will be required to submit 2 assignments of 1800-2000 words each per termly unit.


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

22 Sep 2019 to 07 Jun 2020

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

13 Sep 2019

Course fee

Home: £2,250
Overseas: £2,250

Academic director

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: 12

Course code