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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The Undergraduate Diploma in International Relations provides a broad overview of international relations theory and method, and the connections between ideas, evidence and interpretation specific to the subject of global politics. The course examines a variety of international relations theories, looks at international institutions and conflict, and focuses on a range of regional politics to develop a more granular understanding of International Relations.

The Diploma provides a natural progression from the Undergraduate Certificate in International Relations, and is also suited to those who already have considerable knowledge in this field and/or who have a professional interest in the study of International Relations.

Watch these videos to find out more about International Relations at ICE. 

Our undergraduate courses for Academic Year 2022-23 are 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. 



Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will normally have studied and passed a FHEQ level 4 qualification (or international equivalent) in this or a closely related field i.e. Human Geography, Political science, Sociology, Environmental studies or similar cross disciplinary topics.. 

There is provision to accept non-standard applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion. Such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their suitability for the course. 

All applications are reviewed by the Course or Academic Director and acceptance onto the course is at the discretion of the Institute. 

English language requirement: If English is not your first language, you need to be able to prove you meet the University of Cambridge English language requirements on application. For further information, see English language requirements for Undergraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

Technical requirements

For the 2022-2023 Academic Year this course is being taught remotely. This means there will be no face-to-face teaching and you will not need to be present in person in Cambridge, although there is an expectation that you will attend synchronous teaching sessions. The course content will be delivered, and the learning outcomes met, through the use of video-based teaching platforms and a dedicated course Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

You will therefore need to have access to:

- the internet via a computer, laptop, tablet or other smart device

- speakers or headphones in order to hear any pre-recorded material

- a webcam and microphone for any interactive sessions which may be available

Once you are logged into the VLE you can familiarise yourself with the learning environment. There is also guidance about how to access course materials and activities.


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

12 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