SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy


Welcome to the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP). This year CeDEP celebrates 30 years of providing high quality postgraduate education by distance learning, having been founded as the Wye College External Programme of University of London in 1988. We hope you will join our community of international postgraduate online and distance learning students.

CeDEP seeks to address some of the greatest challenges of our times: how to satisfy the aspirations of a rapidly growing global population, including eradicating the poverty still experienced by many of these people, whilst at the same time managing the environmental systems and resources on which life and wellbeing depend.

These challenges are inter-related in complex ways, with important ethical, political, economic, social and technical dimensions. At CeDEP, we recognise the need for informed professionals with inter-disciplinary skills and understanding to tackle these issues effectively.  

During 2017/18 CeDEP is introducing a new structure and delivery format into its programmes. We welcomed the final intake of students onto several of our programmes in February 2018. These programmes will continue to run for existing students until 2022. Meanwhile, in October 2017 we launched our Climate Change and Development programme, under a new structure and delivery format. We are launching a new variant of our Sustainable Development programme, using the same new structure and delivery format, in October 2018. Please watch this space for more details!

As well as postgraduate teaching, CeDEP's academic staff have extensive international experience in research, which is published and shared globally with other academics, decision-makers and opinion-formers.