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12 courses offered in the Institute of Continuing Education

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice (PHEM, Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine) is a University of Cambridge award offered by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).  The course is aimed at clinicians currently employed in areas of practice across the UK including paramedics, specialist paramedics, nurses and other emergency services professional as the key providers of pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM).   Designed collaboratively by University of Cambridge, ICE, the Department of Pre-hospital and Retrieval Medicine at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the College of Paramedics (CoP) and the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.  

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice is aimed at Paramedic and Nurse practictioners as the key provider of pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM).

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Biocuration has been developed by the University of Cambridge and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). The programme has been designed to educate new biocurators with the requisite skills to work in this field and to provide established biocurators with a recognised qualification that reflects their diverse life-science and computational skills

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Britain and the Holocaust explores the multiple ways in which the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust touched Britain, both before, during and long after WWII. The first unit examines the refugee crisis of the 1930s, as those fleeing Nazism sought refuge in Britain, only to face antisemitism and rising fascism in the UK too. In the second unit students will learn about the impact of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution in the Channel Islands, the only part of the British Isles to be occupied. The third unit explores the legacy of the Holocaust since 1945 in the realms of heritage, literature, culture, education and film.

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The Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice in English - Engineering or Business Management (International Pre-MAster's) aims to develop students’ abilities in research methods and practices, their English language and academic literacy skills, and understanding of current and emerging themes in Business Management or Engineering. In so doing, the course prepares students to undertake Master’s level study in higher education institutions in the UK, or elsewhere, in either Engineering or Business Management.

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The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education has been designed collaboratively by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine’s clinical deanery. The Postgraduate Certificate is a one-year, part-time master’s-level programme resulting in 60 FHEQ Level 7 credits and the University of Cambridge award.

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The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education has been designed collaboratively by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine’s Clinical Deanery. The Postgraduate Certificate is a one-year, part-time Master’s-level programme resulting in 60 FHEQ Level-7 credits and the University of Cambridge award.

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The importance of Science Communication is undeniable. Science and its related disciplines have a wide-ranging and profound impact upon the lives of individuals and scientists have a responsibility to communicate their work in a responsible, effective and engaging manner within the wider community.

This new Postgraduate Certificate has been designed by the University of Cambridge to meet the needs of scientists who wish to effectively communicate with the wider public, major funding bodies and Societies. The growing importance of effective and relevant science communication has been formally recognised by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in their recent “Science Communication and Engagement” report. Science Communicators need to adopt engaging, high quality and accessible methods that spark interest, maximise impact, and reach as wide an audience as possible. This requires appreciation of the theories of effective communication and engagement, the use of innovative and practical approaches, an understanding of the needs of the audience, and an awareness of the broader ethical and societal implications of the science. High quality training in science communication will provide these skills and expertise and fits with the underlying principles of the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy provides a broad overview of the connections between interpretation, science, evidence and innovation in the public policy field. There is a dual focus in the programme, upon understanding scientific principles and methods, and issues of evidence and expertise, on the one hand, and the integral character of politics and political processes to the policy-making arena, on the other.

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26 courses also advertised in the Institute of Continuing Education

From the Faculty of Education

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Advanced Subject Teaching has been designed to help English and History teachers develop their subject knowledge and enhance their professional and academic standing. It will provide a two-year, part-time route to a full University of Cambridge Master’s degree. 

The MSt has been developed by the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education in association with the Faculties of Education, English and History, and with The Prince's Teaching Institute.

 

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From the Institute of Criminology

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Applied Criminology and Police Management has the following aims:

  • offer an up-to-date and high-quality course, introducing senior police officers and suitably qualified others to some of the most important theory and research in applied criminology and policing management
  • develop the skills necessary to locate, interpret and analyse research and other relevant source materials
  • develop the conceptual understanding necessary to evaluate research methods and findings
  • facilitate course members in communicating the results of their ideas, research and its conclusions in written form, as well as orally
  • enhance the capacity of course members to apply current research in applied criminology and police management to aspects of their work

Learning resources include the Radzinowicz Library, one of the world’s leading collections on crime-related topics.

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From the Institute of Criminology

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management has the following aims:

  • offer an up-to-date high-quality course which introduces senior persons working within the field of criminal justice as well as others with relevant experience and interests (eg senior personnel working with public sector organisations concerned with penology-related operations) to some of the most important theory and research in applied criminology, penology and management
  • develop the skills necessary to locate, read, interpret and analyse relevant research and other source materials
  • develop the conceptual understanding necessary to evaluate research methods and findings
  • facilitate course members in communicating the results of their ideas, research and its conclusions in written form, as well as orally
  • enhance the capacity of course members to apply up-to-date research in applied criminology, penology and management to aspects of their work.

Learning resources include the Radzinowicz Library, one of the world’s leading collections on crime-related topics.

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From the Department of Architecture

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Building History is an academically rigorous yet practical course aiming to equip students for careers in historic building investigation, research, recording, assessment, management and interpretation. The MSt in Building History draws on expertise in both the academic and the professional spheres.

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From the Department of Medicine

This one-year course is open to all specialties and includes modules on clinical research, clinical education and clinical leadership. It is designed for specialty registrars or equivalent, and newly appointed consultants.

The course is taught part-time and is designed to be flexible and accessible to working healthcare professionals contributing towards research and professional development through reinforcement of Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

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From the Department of Engineering

The Construction Engineering Master's (CEM) programme is a Master of Studies (MSt) course offered by the Department of Engineering in association with the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

The aim of the course is to develop and empower emerging leaders to transform the construction industry. This is an advanced leadership programme aimed at future leaders of the construction industry.

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From the Faculty of English

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Creative Writing is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level skills in creative writing both in fiction and non-fiction literature. Students will be guided in the production of creative work in a range of genres and styles and also in critical reflection on their own work and that of other writers. The MSt aims to facilitate students’ creative practice, whether for their own personal creative development as writers or for professional development. Students could include teachers of English at primary or secondary level and those working in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, publishing and editing. The programme’s administration and teaching are undertaken by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and its academic standards are monitored and assured by a subcommittee of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of English.

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From the Faculty of English

The Masters of Studies (MSt) in Crime and Thriller Writing is designed for postgraduate students who wish to develop high-level skills in crime or thriller fiction.  Students will be guided in the production of creative work and also in critical reflection on their own work and that of other writers. The MSt aims to facilitate students’ creative practice, whether for their own personal creative development as writers or for professional development. Students could include published novelists and writers wishing to change genre.  Students may also be those working in areas such as journalism, broadcasting, publishing and editing, as well as applicants from other professions. The programme’s administration and teaching are undertaken by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and its academic standards are monitored and assured by a subcommittee of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of English.

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From the Judge Business School

The Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship (PGDE) is an action-based, part-time programme designed specifically for experienced professionals, scientists, and technologists who want to learn the skills of entrepreneurship and develop their business idea or venture in a structured and supportive environment. It is also for entrepreneurs who want to develop their businesses to the next level while learning the skills and accessing the networks they need.

The programme will provide an overview and understanding of entrepreneurship and the critical skills and perspectives for doing it.

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From the Department of Medical Genetics

The Postgraduate Certificate in Genomic Medicine is part of the suite of postgraduate courses in genomic medicine and designed to educate suitably qualified NHS healthcare professionals from across the multi-professional team to prepare for the future adoption of genomic technologies and the increasing use of genomic information as part of the diagnostic and treatment pathway.

The programme has been developed by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and Cambridge University Hospitals in partnership with Wellcome Sanger Institute, Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences, and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute.

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From the Department of Medical Genetics

The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine is part of the suite of postgraduate courses in genomic medicine and designed to educate suitably qualified NHS healthcare professionals from across the multi-professional team to prepare for the future adoption of genomic technologies and the increasing use of genomic information as part of the diagnostic and treatment pathway.

The programme has been developed by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and Cambridge University Hospitals in partnership with Wellcome Sanger Institute, Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences, and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute. 

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From the Department of Medical Genetics

The MSt in Genomic Medicine is part of the suite of postgraduate courses in genomic medicine and designed to educate suitably qualified NHS healthcare professionals from across the multi-professional team to prepare for the future adoption of genomic technologies and the increasing use of genomic information as part of the diagnostic and treatment pathway.

The programme has been developed by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and Cambridge University Hospitals in partnership with Wellcome Sanger Institute, Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences, and EMBL- European Bioinformatics Institute.

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From the Department of Medical Genetics

Cambridge is a world leading centre for innovation in electronic patient and clinical trial data. This is underpinned by an extensive and vibrant community of clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and commercial and public sector organisations. There is a recognised shortage of the appropriate technical and practical skills in the workforce to effectively utilise the opportunities presented by healthcare data.

This course has been designed to meet the skills gap in the management, handling and utilisation of healthcare data and to develop individuals confident in using healthcare date for innovative and/or commercial applications.

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From the Department of Medical Genetics

Cambridge is a world leading centre for innovation in electronic patient and clinical trial data. This is underpinned by an extensive and vibrant community of clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and commercial and public sector organisations. There is a recognised shortage of the appropriate technical and practical skills in the workforce to effectively utilise the opportunities presented by healthcare data.

This course has been designed to meet the skills gap in the management, handling and utilisation of healthcare data and to develop individuals confident in using healthcare date for innovative and/or commercial applications.

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From the Department of Medical Genetics

Cambridge is a world leading centre for innovation in electronic patient and clinical trial data. This is underpinned by an extensive and vibrant community of clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and commercial and public sector organisations. There is a recognised shortage of the appropriate technical and practical skills in the workforce to effectively utilise the opportunities presented by healthcare data.

This Postgraduate Certificate has been designed to provide an introduction to the research skills, governance and innovation needed to work successfully with healthcare data. In addition students will be equipped with the skills necessary to understand how healthcare data relates to populations, health conditions and clinical outcomes and learn how to work with healthcare data in an effective manner. 

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From the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) is a transformative part-time master’s course at the University of Cambridge, for global practitioners working in the built environment. The programme is structured around emerging trends, opportunities and challenges within the built environment such as: sustainability and resilience; health and well-being; energy efficiency; conservation and heritage; stakeholder engagement, and political and regulatory landscapes.

The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. Participants are supported by a team of expert tutors and supervisors. The speakers, lecturers and facilitators are leading experts and practitioners from both academia and industry.  A key feature of the programme is the collaborative learning experience. The programme facilitates shared learning between peers, and networking with the extensive range of contributors, together providing a rich learning environment.

 

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From the Department of Politics and International Studies

The Master of Studies (MSt) in International Relations is designed for mature students from, for example, industry, teaching, the civil service or the armed forces, but we also welcome recent graduates wishing to undertake postgraduate study. The course is distinctive in its multidisciplinary approach and breadth. Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars in theory, politics, history, economics, law, security and various regional and area studies, as well as individual thesis supervision. The taught part of the course aims to familiarize you with the range and variety of disciplines required for a thorough critical understanding of the field in all its complexity and of the means and methods that have been devised to understand it better.

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From the Institute of Criminology

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Applied Criminology and Police Management (Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship) has the following aims:

To build the knowledge, skills and behaviours that senior leaders in policing need to serve the public interest in maintaining safety and justice under the rule of law.

To promote the professional development of senior leader apprentices by combining on-the-job training with academic learning and research. 

To introduce senior leaders in policing to the most current and enduring knowledge about targeting, testing and tracking the use of police resources to achieve specific objectives.

To develop skills necessary to locate, interpret, conduct and analyze research on issues in policing services.

To develop skills of course members in communicating their analyses, conclusions, and proposals based on research, both orally and in writing. 

To equip course members for lifelong learning in applying current research in applied criminology and police management to improve the performance of their organisations.

Learning resources include an instructional team that uniquely combines globally renowned academic scholars with highly accomplished English Chief Officers, as well as the Radzinowicz Library, one of the world’s leading collections on crime-related topics.

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From the Judge Business School

The course will provide an overview and understanding of entrepreneurship and the critical skills and perspectives for doing it. The aim is to be highly interactive, with workshops, case studies, subject experts, and practitioners engaging in the discussion of key concepts, theories, frameworks, and emerging ideas for creating, developing, and enabling entrepreneurship in the private, public and social sectors in the UK and internationally.

Students on the course will "learn by doing" to an extent – taking action, either through their own startup ventures or through more provisional "experiments", to put the theories, frameworks and tools they learn into practice and reflect on the outcomes of these actions. This learning-by-doing will take place within reflective groups or "Action Learning Sets" of students, and will be guided by an individual mentor (a practitioner from within the Entrepreneurship Centre’s vetted pool of enterprise mentors) assigned to each student.

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From the Department of Architecture

The Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture is awarded by the Institute of Continuing Education and administered by the Department of Architecture.

The Postgraduate Certificate is a one-year, part-time master’s-level programme resulting in 60 FHEQ Level-7 credits and an award from the University of Cambridge. There are three workshop sessions run in Cambridge over the academic year which means that students are not required to be away from their offices for long periods. The sessions cover the topics outlined in the ARB/RIBA Criteria for Part 3 courses. The course and the examination has validation from the ARB and the RIBA.

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From the Department of Land Economy

The Real Estate Master's Programme is a Master of Studies (MSt) course offered by the Department of Land Economy drawing on the multidisciplinary strength of the Department and the University.  It is aimed at experienced professionals and those identified as future leaders in the real estate industry and combines academic rigour with significant industry input. The course aims to equip participants with a broader knowledge of all aspects of the real estate industry, insight into a range of long-term themes and strategic issues in the market as well as developing a range of research and other skills.

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From the Judge Business School

The Master of Studies in Social Innovation is a part-time postgraduate programme for practitioners in the business, public and social sectors who wish to design and lead innovative solutions to pressing social issues. The programme will be delivered over two years by the Cambridge Judge Business School through online delivery and residential weeks in Cambridge. 

In recognition of the fact that social innovation cuts across sectors and types of organisation, the programme is aimed at middle- and senior-level leaders operating in all sectors of the economy – including firms, public bodies, NGOs and social ventures– who wish to build on their experience and expertise to collaborate with others to create social change. 

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From the Cambridge Institute for Sustainibility Leadership

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Sustainability Leadership is a full master’s degree, delivered part-time for working professionals, that develops the leadership capacity to drive the business response to critical sustainability challenges and opportunities.

It is fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, and is delivered as an interdisciplinary programme by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), in association with the Departments of Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Land Economy and the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Academic excellence and practical application in a business context are prioritised both in the competitive selection process, and in the design and delivery of the programme. Assessment is through short practical assignments and an extended research dissertation.

The programme, now in its tenth year, typically attracts an exceptional calibre of senior and mid-career leaders from all across the world, and a range of business sectors. Applicants may wish to formalise their credentials as sustainability professionals, or gain a better understanding of how sustainability risks and opportunities apply to mainstream business functions. We likewise appeal to leaders from the not-for-profit or public sectors who wish to work together with the private sector to address sustainability challenges.

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From the Cambridge Institute for Sustainibility Leadership

The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business (PCSB) is a nine-month master's-level graduate programme. It equips senior and mid-career professionals with the relevant skillsets to integrate sustainability into strategic business action, through the lens of organisations. 

Fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, and equivalent to a third of a master’s, PCSB is widely regarded as one of the leading master's-level programmes internationally for individuals who are seeking to enhance their ability to lead and influence change for sustainability, whilst also gaining an academic award.

The programme, now in its 21st year, is delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and attracts strong, international cohorts of senior and mid-career professionals, predominantly from business, but also including those from a not-for-profit or public sector background.  

PCSB participants benefit from the world-class peer networking opportunities that the programme provides, as well as tailored support through short practical assignments to embed the learning within their organisations. The course also develops research skills and can be used as a building block to attain the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership.

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From the Cambridge Institute for Sustainibility Leadership

The Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PG Dip) is a master's-level graduate programme. It is a flexible, practically applied option for continued professional development, exploring innovations in sustainable business.

Fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, it is equivalent to two thirds of a master’s, and is delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), in partnership with other University departments including the Cambridge Judge Business School, and Institute for Manufacturing.

Students can take from 18 months to three years to complete this course.  Part 1 comprises one of the Postgraduate Certificates in Sustainable Business, and Part 2 provides participants with the opportunity to take a "deep dive" into emergent innovations and levers for change in a business context. Learning is highly collaborative and practical, underpinned by academic rigour.

The diploma is designed for senior and mid-career managers from around the world with at least three years' work experience. The programme attracts those pursing a flexible and practical approach to exploring sustainability leadership, with practical assignments rather than a research dissertation. Applicants are drawn from a range of industrial sectors, as well as those from a not-for-profit or public sector background.

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From the Cambridge Institute for Sustainibility Leadership

The Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (PCSVC) is a nine-month, fully accredited master's-level graduate programme offered by the University of Cambridge. It equips senior and mid-career professionals with the relevant skillsets to integrate sustainability into strategic business action in a value-chain context.

Fully accredited by the University of Cambridge, the programme attracts strong, international cohorts of senior and mid-career professionals, from a wide range of business functions associated with value chains, as well as those from the not-for-profit and public sectors, who are keen to develop cross-sectoral approaches with business. 

PCSVC was launched five years ago by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and has quickly developed a global reputation as one of the leading programmes for individuals who want to develop their strategic business ability to embed sustainability across global value chains, while also gaining an academic award. 

The programme attracts strong, international cohorts of senior and mid-career professionals, from a wide range of business functions associated with value chains, as well as those from the not-for-profit and public sectors, who are keen to develop cross-sectoral approaches with business. 

PCSVC participants benefit from the world-class peer networking opportunities that the programme provides, as well as tailored support through short practical assignments to embed the learning within the value chains of which they are part. The course also develops research skills and can be used as a building block to attain the Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership.

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