SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Individual Professional Award

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning


The Short Course Scheme has been a tremendous experience, enabling my return to higher education while balancing career and family. I have applied the thinking and learning gained to my work with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, designing with stakeholders an incentive-based project for tourism and forestry.

Grant A Ritchie – Manager, NER Planning Unit

Whether you’re looking to update your professional skills, or wanting to sample distance learning before embarking on a postgraduate degree, we offer our modules for individual study.

The Individual Professional Award (IPA) scheme enables you to study one or more modules outside the structure of a formal CeDEP degree programme.

Most students study for IPAs over the course of a study year (30 weeks: February to October). However, for selected modules, there is a second entry point during the year where students can study for an award in a shorter period (15 weeks: June to October).

Benefiting from the Individual Professional Award

In general, the Individual Professional Award caters for three categories of students:

Category I – Professional Updating

Those wishing to take an individual module or modules on a one-off basis for reasons of professional updating and/or special interest. They may select from any of the modules shown in the list below.

Category II – Sampler

Those wishing to ‘sample’ a programme before deciding whether to apply for MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate registration. These students are advised to choose from the modules available, one which is a core module from the programme of interest to them.

Category III – Qualifier

Those required to pass one module initially in order to qualify for consideration for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate. These students MUST select one module from the list of core modules of your proposed programme of study

Registration and Examination

Entry to study an IPA is at the discretion of CeDEP, with each application assessed on merit. As with all CeDEP qualifications, registration is with the University of London.

Registration is for one year only, and students will be examined at the end of the study year*. On satisfactory completion of the module(s), including examination, students receive an IPA certificate from the University of London.

IPA students who are subsequently registered for either the MSc or Postgraduate Diploma will be credited with any relevant modules successfully completed under the IPA scheme.

Students may complete a maximum of three IPA modules.

*IPA Module P506 Research Methods is examined through written assignments rather than final written examination. For more information on assessment and examinations see the Assessment page.

Modules available as Individual Professional Awards

Modules are available to study in February and/or May. However, not all modules run in the May study session. So you should check which modules are available before you enrol. Examinations take place in Sep/Oct.

Module titleCode
Agricultural Policy and Trade P102
Applied Econometrics P101 (P545)
Biodiversity, Conservation and Development P131
Climate Change and Development P108 (P524)
Economic Principles P100 (P542)
Economics and Institutions for Development P103 (P516)
Economics of Environmental Policy P105 (P521)
Energy and Development P132
Environmental Assessment P123 (P507)
Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems P124 (P508)
Environmental Science and Management P120 (P500)
Environmental Valuation: Theory, Techniques and Application P106 (P522)
Ethics for Environment and Development P129 (P563)
Food Security and Social Protection P126 (P525)
Gender and Social Inequality P116 (P540)
International Environmental Law P125 (P514)
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy P118 (P570)
Management in Rural Development P128 (P531)
Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development P107 (P523)
Marketing for Small Agribusinesses (closed for new enrolment) P115 (P538)
Natural Resource Economics P122 (P505)
NGO Management P112 (P532)
Political Economy of Public Policy P110 (P527)
Project Planning and Management P113 (P534)
Research Methods P130 (P506)
Rural Development P127 (P530)
Rural Finance P111 (P528)
Sustainable Land Management P117 (P568)
Understanding Poverty P104 (P519)
Understanding Sustainable Development P121 (P501)
Water Resources Management P109 (P526)