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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Do you enjoy thinking about the nature of reality, how we should treat one another, what we should believe in, what it is possible for us to know, or what it takes to be a person? This course is a chance to delve deeper into these and many more fascinating questions, supported by expert tutors.

Key features

During this part-time online certificate course, you will:

  • build your understanding of some central topics in 3 areas: metaphysics; logic and the philosophy of language; and ethics
  • develop your ability to think carefully and rigorously about some important philosophical problems
  • develop key study and writing skills.


Teaching & Assessment

As part of our open and inclusive learning environment, you can enjoy the world-class resources and expertise of the University of Cambridge wherever you are on your academic journey.

Our video-based teaching platforms offer a flexible way to access lectures, while our Virtual Learning Environment makes it easy to study and learn online and interact with your tutor and fellow students.

Our teaching methods include lectures, presentations by guest speakers and facilitators, and interactive and experiential learning activities. We will also give you reading and assignments to complete outside of classroom sessions.

You will be asked to submit two assignments for each unit to demonstrate your learning. There are more details about how this course is assessed in the course guide we will send you once you have enrolled.


This course is equivalent to half of the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree. It offers 60 CATS credits, which are recognised by higher education institutions and employers.

How many hours of study are required?

The award of academic credit is a means of quantifying and recognising learning and within the UK, one credit notionally represents 10 hours of learning. This course attracts 60 credits, so students should expect to need to study for approximately 600 hours in total to complete all units successfully. However, it is recognised that students study at different paces and use a variety of approaches, so this is a recommendation, rather than a hard-and-fast calculation.

SEEC Credit Level Descriptors for Higher Education (2021) here.

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

11 Oct 2024 to 13 Jun 2025

Course duration

3 Terms

Apply by

09 Sep 2024

Course fee


Course director

Academic director

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

Course code