SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Individual Professional Award

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning


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:

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.


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.


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 P130 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 September/October.

Agricultural Policy and Trade P102
Applied Econometrics P101
Biodiversity, Conservation and Development P131
Climate Change and Development P108
Economic Principles P100
Economics and Institutions for Development P103
Economics of Environmental Policy P105
Energy and Development P132
Environmental Assessment P123
Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems P124
Environmental Science and Management P120
Environmental Valuation: Theory, Techniques and Application P106
Ethics for Environment and Development P129
Food Security and Social Protection P126
Gender and Social Inequality P116
International Environmental Law P125
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy P118
Management in Rural Development P128
Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development P107
Natural Resource Economics P122
NGO Management P112
Political Economy of Public Policy P110
Project Planning and Management P113
Research Methods P130
Rural Development P127
Rural Finance P111
Sustainable Land Management P117
Understanding Poverty P104
Understanding Sustainable Development P121
Water Resources Management P109