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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.


Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?


Teaching and learning on the course is delivered through a combination of formal presentations by the tutor, small and whole group exercises, projects and practicals, case studies, structured seminar discussion, oral presentations, and through reading and assignments to be undertaken individually by students outside the course sessions.

Teaching and learning is supported through the use of a Virtual Learning Environment.

You will learn how to present your ideas both through speaking and writing. You will also have access to online support through our virtual learning environment, 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 unit to: 

  1. attend day-schools
  2. participate actively in class work
  3. undertake reading and assignments set by the tutors
  4. access resources and submit assignments through ICE Online, the Institute’s virtual learning environment. 

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 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 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

05 Oct 2019 to 20 Jun 2020

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

02 Sep 2019

Course fee

Home: £2,250
Overseas: £2,250

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

Meetings: 14

Course code