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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Whether you’re hoping to accelerate or change your career, enhance your CV, or update your understanding in your field, the University of Cambridge’s postgraduate programmes give you advanced education without the time and financial commitments of a full Master’s degree. 

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) offers postgraduate certificates, which are the equivalent to one third of a Master’s degree, or diploma courses that are equal to two-thirds of a Master’s. 

In our part-time postgraduate programmes you’ll be taught at postgraduate level, commensurate to FHEQ level 7, and will submit work for assessment. On completion, you’ll receive a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) which are recognised by employers and universities alike. 

Earn a postgraduate qualification from the University of Cambridge

Completing a PG Dip or PG Cert at the University of Cambridge comes with several key benefits:

●    Learn from leading Cambridge lecturers, researchers and practitioner experts
●    Receive a PG Cert or PG Dip which is recognised worldwide
●    Gain advanced knowledge in a field without the time or financial commitments of a Master’s
●    Facilitate professional specialism or a career change

ICE has a particular focus on postgraduate courses for working professionals in the fields of medicine, the sciences, education and architecture. These programmes are designed to fit around your working life and are popular with professionals who are looking to specialise. 

Each course is different, but learning usually happens over the course of one academic year. You may receive instruction at weekends, evenings or in a number of week-long residential blocks each term. 

"ICE has offered me the opportunity to study a well-designed, part-time programme tailored to my working life and focused on experiential learning at a world class institution." Aamir, PG Cert in Medical Education student.

Find the best part-time postgraduate course for you

University of Cambridge postgraduate courses are designed to fit flexibly around your life. Find a postgraduate course suitable to you from the list below, or contact us if you have any queries. 

Professional Studies

We offer a range of postgraduate courses aimed at professionals looking to specialise in their fields, with a focus on medicine, architecture and the sciences. 

Course title  
Postgraduate Certificates  
Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice (PHEM) Register Interest
Certificate in Clinical Research, Education and Leadership Apply Now
Certificate in Genomic Medicine Apply Now
- Cambridge Genomic Medicine Programme - Modular Study Apply Now
Certificate in Healthcare Data and Informatics Not running
Certificate in Medical Education Apply Now
Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture Apply Now
Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Apply Now
Postgraduate Diplomas
Diploma in Clinical Medicine Apply Now
Diploma in Genomic Medicine Apply Now
Diploma in Medical Education Apply Now

Arts and Sciences

Our arts and sciences PG Certs and PG Dips are suited to people who wish to expand their knowledge, skills, behaviours or thinking in a specific field. 

Course title    
Postgraduate Certificates  
Certificate in Philosophy Apply now

Creative Writing

Designed for teachers who write and writers who teach, our creative writing postgraduate courses open up professional opportunities.  

Course title    
Postgraduate Certificates  
Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing Apply Now

Find out more about the bursaries available.

What is the difference between a certificate and a diploma for postgraduates? 

The difference between postgraduate certificates and diplomas relates to the amount of time required and university credits (CATS) that each course carries. PG Certs take a full academic year for students to achieve on a part-time basis, and are equivalent to 60 credits or precisely one-third of a Master’s degree. PG Dips are worth 120 credits, some taught over two academic years, and are equivalent to two-thirds of a Master’s degree.

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