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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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This one-year part-time course is one of two new Diplomas in the discipline of International Development offered by the Institute of Continuing Education and is designed for those who have completed a Certificate in International Development or who have appropriate knowledge and/or experience in this field. The aim of this Diploma course is to give students an enhanced understanding of the role of globalisation and sustainable development and the relationship of these processes to poverty reduction and reproduction.



What is the status of this qualification?

The Certificate 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.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a series of day schools that will contain a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and discussion.

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 term 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 an internet-connected computer. The course is supported by a web-based Virtual Learning Environment and course communications will be sent via email. Students are expected to submit their assignments online and feedback on assignments is delivered online.

Students retain access to the learning resources on their course, and to the student common room, for two academic years after they have completed their course.

The computing facilities available at a public library or internet café may be sufficient and unlimited free computing and internet access will be available to you within the University Library throughout your course.

Do I choose Certificate or Diploma level?

The Certificate and Diploma courses have been designed to provide a progression path for your studies. The Diploma level course is suitable for those who have successfully completed the Certificate course or who have comparable knowledge and experience at FHEQ level 4 or equivalent.

If you are still unsure please refer to our Decision Tree document (below) for more information.

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 2016 to 14 Jul 2017

Course duration

1 year(s)

Apply by

05 Sep 2016

Course fee

Home: £1,900
Overseas: £1,900

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level 5

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 10

Course code