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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Online courses

Follow your passion, discover something new or boost your career prospects – study the best online courses for you from the comfort of your own home with the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

Why continue your education with an online course?

Online courses have made distance learning more accessible than ever – all you need is a computer linked to the internet, and you can study at the University of Cambridge from anywhere in the world.

At ICE, we’ve established a strong reputation for quality online learning. We keep class sizes small to maximise interaction between students and tutors, and you’ll receive personal feedback on your work from our leading Cambridge academics. We’re firm believers in the power of peer learning, too, so you’ll have the opportunity to engage in stimulating discussion as part of our global community of learners. What’s more, our part-time courses are designed to flex around the demands of your life. We’re also proud to make a Cambridge education available to all, with no prior qualifications needed. So what would you like to learn today?

"I was impressed by the accessible course format of the online course, especially during lockdown, ensuring that I could devote full attention to the enriching content. The course felt fully interactive; I enjoyed the opportunity to interact directly with leading experts in their field and fellow students. It has been very effective in shedding new perspectives on the topic and ensured that I was able to remain engaged with my own area of academic interest during a period when other academic institutions had partially shut down." Daniel, online courses student.

Short online courses from the University of Cambridge

We offer a range of short, online courses that are open to everyone. Over seven weeks, you could indulge your interest in the wonders of our cosmos, reveal the real writer inside you, further your training in finance or even consider a career in coaching. Our ever-changing portfolio of online classes provides both personal enrichment and professional development, combined with the quality of education you’d expect from the University of Cambridge.

View our full range of short online courses


Studying undergraduate courses online in 2023-24

You can study full, award-bearing university courses online with ICE. During the 2023-24 academic year, we’ll deliver our undergraduate qualifications entirely online, enabling you to study flexibly with us from anywhere in the world while maintaining your family and work commitments.

Whatever you study with us, we always aim to provide supportive and engaging learning experiences. We believe that peer collaboration and professional and social network-building are vital parts of our courses, so we work hard to extend our renowned peer-learning community online.

ICE is an accessible and inclusive gateway into the University of Cambridge for all learners – whether you’re engaging with higher education for the first time, returning after a long break or seeking professional development and new career possibilities. We’re committed to helping people from all backgrounds make the most of education throughout their lives and are proud of our record in helping learners achieve their educational objectives.

Our award-bearing online courses for undergraduates include:

View our full range of undergraduate Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

Other distance learning opportunities

Our options for online study also include:

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