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University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

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'The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) offers part-time and short courses for adults of all ages.'

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University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) offers hundreds of short courses and part-time courses for adults of all ages, taught by leading Cambridge experts. Options range from weekend courses right up to part-time Master's programmes. Most courses are open to all, and you don’t need any special qualifications to apply.

You can choose from a huge range of subjects, including archaeology, architecture, art history, astronomy, coaching, creative writing, historic environment, history, languages, law, literature, local history, music, philosophy, psychology, religion, science and many more.

And you’ll have the opportunity to study at Madingley Hall, a spectacular 16th-century mansion three miles to the west of Cambridge with some of the finest gardens in the region.

Part-time University of Cambridge qualifications

Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

At ICE you can study part-time for a Cambridge qualification. We offer over 30 undergraduate-level Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas and a small but growing number of Postgraduate Certificates.

Master of Studies (MSt) degrees

These part-time Master’s degrees are usually undertaken over two years, and contain a significant taught element and a research project with associated dissertation. They are designed to be flexible in order to support students in varying circumstances, including international students.

Short courses

Day schools at Madingley Hall

This programme of one-day courses is designed to provide an insight into the various academic disciplines taught at Madingley Hall. If you’re thinking of applying for a Certificate course, or are simply interested in exploring a new subject area, then a day school could be for you

Weekend courses at Madingley Hall

Our popular weekend programme runs all year round, featuring over 150 courses on subjects ranging from ancient history to astrophysics. Courses run from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, and include meals from our award-winning kitchen. You can choose to stay at Madingley Hall in our comfortable, en-suite accommodation, or attend as a non-resident.

Weekly classes at Madingley Hall

These five-week courses are all led by top Cambridge experts who are actively involved in research. As with many of our programmes, the courses are open to everyone and are supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE).

Summer Schools in Cambridge

Our international summer schools have been welcoming people to Cambridge from all over the world since 1923 and attract around 1,000 applicants each year. Stay in one of Cambridge’s historic colleges during July and August and choose from a variety of interdisciplinary and specialist programmes in Literature, Science, History, Medieval Studies and more.

Online courses

You can now study at Cambridge wherever you are in the world, with our programme of fully-online courses. Each course lasts seven weeks and is open to anyone with an interest in the topic. Plus you can try out one of our free 'taster' sessions before you enrol, and find out what it's like to study with us online.

Career and professional development

We also offer a range of CPD opportunities to help you progress your career. Current subjects include law, architecture, coaching and international development.