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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Applications for this course have been re-opened until Thursday 26 September 2019. 

This one-year part-time Diploma course will give you an advanced and in-depth knowledge of a key prehistoric and historic period in the archaeology of the ancient world. This is coupled with an insight into the study of bones and ancient diseases, so vital in the interpretation of prehistoric and historic periods.

Please note that the Undergraduate Diploma in Archaeology: Death and the Ancient World was previously called the Undergraduate Diploma in Archaeology I


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 and support evidence both through speaking and writing. You will also have access to online support through our virtual learning environment (VLE), 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 term to:


  • attend day-schools and fieldtrips
  • participate actively in class work
  • undertake reading and assignments set by the tutors
  • access resources and submit assignments through the Institute’s VLE.


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 a mixture of short (1500-2000 words) and long assignments (3-4000 words), further details of which will be given in the course guide when available.


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 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

19 Oct 2019 to 23 May 2020

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

26 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 5

Teaching sessions

Fieldtrips: 2
Meetings: 12

Course code