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Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice

Programme Convenor: Mr Colin Poulton

Poverty reduction is the key focus of the Millennium Development Goals and is at the heart of international, national and NGO development objectives and activities. It is also likely to remain central to whatever replaces the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. Recent achievements in poverty reduction have varied widely across and within countries, regions, and social groups.

The programme was developed through an agreement between CeDEP, the University of London and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). As a result, several modules take advantage of relevant professional specialist expertise.

Programme aims

The programme aims to equip students with a multi-disciplinary skill set to analyse and address the poverty reduction challenges of this millennium. A number of modules have significant economics content. Depending on the options chosen, other disciplines drawn upon may include management theory, environmental science, political economy or law.

The programme will give students the opportunity to develop

  • a critical, inter-disciplinary, integrative and global perspective on poverty reduction issues
  • a theoretical approach to intellectual enquiry of poverty reduction issues, which nevertheless emphasises the integration of theory and practice
  • a broad understanding of ideas and approaches for managing organisations within their cultural, political, technological, social, and institutional contexts, to solve problems related to poverty reduction
  • practical issue-oriented research skills, drawing on knowledge and understanding developed in their studies

Programme structure

QualificationNumber of modulesDuration
MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice34*29Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGDip in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice3 or 44 or 5*† 8Minimum of 2 years and maximum registration of 5 years
PGCert in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice31** 4Minimum of 1 year and maximum registration of 5 years

*At least 3 from one specialism, plus free choice from all specialisms

** One free choice from all programme specialisms

† Can also include the Research Methods module