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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The Diploma in Creativity Theory, History and Philosophy looks back at the most pivotal moments in human history and asks what it was that made particular cultures, societies and individuals creative. In part, this involves asking how our understanding of ‘creativity’ and of creative acts have changed over time. Yet equally, we too must think creatively about these moments; to reflect on our own lives and endeavours; and to try to ‘recapture at will’ our most creative moments.

Listen to Dr Alex Carter introduce Creativity courses at ICE in this short video >>

Progression for students who have completed this course is provided in a number of ways: the Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice, Advanced Diploma in Research in the Arts/Sciences (both FHEQ Level 6) or postgraduate study in a range of disciplines, including the Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy (FHEQ Level 7)

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 7 October 2022 
  • Unit 1 submission deadline: Wednesday 4 January 2023 
  • Unit 2 start date: Week commencing 2 January 2023 
  • Unit 2 submission deadline: Wednesday 22 March 2023 
  • Unit 3 start date: Week commencing 27 March 2023
  • Unit 3 submission deadline: Friday 9 June 2023


Students will be expected to produce a portfolio of between 10,000 to 12,000 words. Termly assignments will be assessed formatively, in order to give students the opportunity to respond to feedback before submitting their assignments as a portfolio at the end of the year for summative assessment. Students will also be required to submit for summative assessment a self-reflective essay informed by their own online journal entries, their experience of formative feedback, and by group supervision records. 

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 Diploma 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

07 Oct 2022 to 09 Jun 2023

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

05 Sep 2022

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