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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

CodeModule Title
P102Agricultural Policy and Trade
P131Biodiversity, Conservation and Development
P132Energy and Development
P500Environmental Science and Management
P501Understanding Sustainable Development
P505Natural Resource Economics
P506Research Method
P507Environmental Assessment
P508Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems
P514International Environmental Law
P516Economics and Institutions for Development
P519Understanding Poverty
P521Economics of Environmental Policy
P522Environmental Valuation: Theory, Techniques & Application
P523Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development
P524Climate Change and Development
P525Food Security and Social Protection
P526Water Resources Management
P527Political Economy of Public Policy
P528Rural Finance
P530Rural Development
P531Management in Rural Development
P532NGO Management
P534Project Planning and Management
P535Socio-economics of Rural Livelihoods
P538Marketing for Small Agribusinesses
P540Gender and Social Development
P542Economic Principles
P545Applied Econometrics
P563Ethics for Environment and Development
P568Sustainable Land Management
P570Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy
P585Sustainable Forest Management