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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Genetics is at the forefront of biological science. The successes of the Human Genome Project, the ease with which genomes can be sequenced, and the continual development in gene editing technology make this an extremely exciting time to be learning about the importance of genetics. The Diploma in Genetics will provide a detailed overview of the fundamental processes involved in the transfer and interpretation of genetic information, including its application in both research and industrial settings. The course will also introduce the use of, the importance of, and some of the caveats with, model organisms. It will finish with an exploration of the wonderful world of plant and microbial genetics.

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


During the course you will submit a series of summative assignments across the course totalling 9,000 – 12,000 words - further details of which will be given in the course guide when available.  

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

07 Oct 2022 to 09 Jun 2023

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

05 Sep 2022

Course fee


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