PGDip in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice
Distance Learning Programme
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
Most of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. These programmes will give you the scientific, technological and economic knowledge and the skills to analyse and tackle the poverty suffered by these people. You will be able to work on real issues, using the specialist expertise gained from your course.
The programmes integrate theory and practice and provide an understanding of how to manage organisations within their own cultural, political, technological, social, and institutional contexts, with the ultimate aim of solving problems of poverty reduction.
Specialist professionals from CGIAR, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, have taken part in the design of the programme.
For the Postgraduate Diploma in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice students will take:
- 3 or 4 core modules
- 4 or 5 elective modules: with at least 3 from one specialism and 1 free choice from all specialisms. This can also include the Research Methods module, and will be required for those students who continue their studies from PGDip to MSc.
If you are taking an MSc or a Postgraduate Diploma you may choose elective modules within a particular specialism. Choosing a specialism creates the opportunity for a clear focus in your studies, whereby you can develop understanding and skills relevant to specific professional interests. The name of the specialism will appear on the certificate awarded.
- Economics and Institutions for Development (P516)
- Understanding Poverty (P519) [compulsory]
- Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development (P523)
- Climate Change and Development (P524)
- Rural Finance (P528)
- NGO Management (P532)
- Project Planning and Management (P534)
- Gender and Social Development (P540)
- Rural Development (P530)
- Management in Rural Development (P531)
Food and Agricultural Policy
- Agricultural Trade and Policy (P102)
- Food Security and Social Protection (P525)
- Political Economy of Public Policy (P527)
- Socioeconomics of Rural Livelihoods (P535)
- Marketing for Small Agribusinesses (P538)
Natural Resource Management
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning
1. Academic level
All CeDEP programmes are taught to Master’s (Second Cycle) level, which involves building upon existing knowledge and understanding typically associated with the Bachelor’s (First Cycle) level or its equivalent. Study at Master’s level requires:
- originality in developing and/or applying ideas, and extending or enhancing previous learning
- application of knowledge and understanding, including problem solving in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts
- integration of knowledge and handling of complexity
- formulating judgements with incomplete or limited information, including reflection on social and ethical responsibilities
- clear and unambiguous communication of conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- learning skills to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous
Prospective students should note that distance education of this kind demands a high degree of commitment, determination and self-discipline. Whilst CeDEP provides significant support through the tutorial system and by other means, students taking on programmes of this nature should possess a strong measure of self-reliance.
2. Study Expectations
How long will it take?
For students in full time employment, the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma, usually take three or four years to complete and the Certificate 2 years.
|Master of Science (MSc)||Postgraduate Diploma||Postgraduate Certificate|
|Minimum registration period||2 years*||2 years||1 years|
|Maximum registration period||5 years||5 years||5 years|
* For students wishing to complete their MSc in two years they should start the Research Component in year 1.
When can I study?
You can begin your studies in either February or June. The examinations for all students are in October. The study periods are 30 weeks for students starting in February and 15 weeks for those starting in June.
How many hours a week?
For the 30 week study period starting in February, you will need to allocate 5–6 hours of study time per module, per week. For students starting their studies in June with the shorter 15 week session, 10–12 hours per module, per week is recommended.
How many modules can I take per study year?
We strongly recommend that students should take only one or two modules in their first year, so that they can adjust to studying at a distance, whilst combining this with work and family life.
Students wishing to register for more than three modules in their first year should satisfy their academic programme convenor that their personal circumstances will allow sufficient study time for this on a weekly basis (e.g. those students not in employment or in part-time employment).
How you will be assessed
For each module you will sit a two-hour unseen examination held on a specific date in October, worth 80% of your total module mark. There is also an Examined Assignment (worth 20% of the total module mark) which is submitted during the study year and marked by your tutor.
Examinations are held in students’ countries of residence, using the University of London’s network of approved Overseas Examination Authorities. Fees for taking examinations at all examination centres other than London are the responsibility of the student.
Assignments are submitted to CeDEP electronically via the online learning environment.