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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This one-year part-time Diploma course offers a solid introduction to the public face of the discipline coupled with a focus on 20th and 21st century heritage. You will learn about the archaeology of modern conflict, with a focus on WWI and WWII, before moving into dark heritage and the Holocaust, and conceptual understanding and management of places which do not represent the glorious past of Europe and beyond. In the third term you will move into the space of museums and heritage and learn about the presentation of the past to the public.

Our undergraduate courses are now being delivered entirely online, enabling students to study flexibly with the University of Cambridge from anywhere in the world.

We offer a range of tuition fee bursaries to promote access to and participation in continuing education.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?


The content, activities and interaction for each of the three units will be taught remotely using video-based teaching platforms and an online course Virtual Learning Environment. You will have access to resources, discussion forums, and course tasks within ICE's Virtual Learning Environment. Teaching methods will include lectures, presentations by guest speakers and facilitators, interactive and experiential learning activities, reading and assignments to be completed by participants outside classroom sessions and online discussion forums. 

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. Your learning will be enhanced by: 

  • engaging with scheduled teaching sessions;  
  • participating in class activities and discussion; 
  • undertaking reading and assignments set by the tutor; 
  • accessing resources and submitting assignments through the VLE. 

Course Timeline 

  • Course (Unit 1) Start Date: Friday 6 October 2023
  • Unit 1 end date: Wednesday 3 January 2024
  • Unit 2 start date: Week commencing 1 January 2024
  • Unit 2 end date: Wednesday 20 March 2024 
  • Unit 3 start date: Week commencing 1 April 2024
  • Unit 3 end date: Friday 14 June 2024

Provisional lecture list

Unit 1

  • Saturday 7 October, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 11 October, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 18 October, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 21 October, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 25 October, 7-8pm
  • BONUS lecture for Halloween, 31 October:
  • Wednesday 1 November, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 4 November, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 8 November, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 15 November, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 18 November, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 22 November, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 29 November, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 2 December, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 6 December, 7-8pm

Unit 2

  • Wednesday 10 January, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 17 January, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 20 January, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 24 January, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 31 January, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 3 February, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 7 February, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 14 February, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 17 February, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 28 February, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 6 March, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 9 March, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 13 March, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 20 March, 7-8pm

Unit 3

  • Wednesday 3 April, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 17 April, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 20 April, 4-5
  • Wednesday 24 April, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 1 May,  7-8pm
  • Wednesday 8 May, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 11 May, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 15 May, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 22 May, 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 29  May, 7-8pm
  • Saturday 1 June, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday 5 June , 7-8pm
  • Wednesday 12 June, 7-8pm


During the course you will assessed by a series of assignments, totalling 3000-4000 words per unit. Further details will be provided in the course guide. 

In addition to attending the scheduled teaching sessions 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 course is taught and awarded at second-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 5) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the second 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

06 Oct 2023 to 14 Jun 2024

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

04 Sep 2023

Course fee


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 5

Course code