SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Individual Professional Awards in Development, Environment and Policy [Online Learning]

Duration: 15 or 30 weeks

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Minimum Entry Requirements: Entry is at the discretion of CeDEP, with each application assessed on merit.

Start of programme: February / May

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

If you’re looking to update your professional skills, we offer our 15 credit modules for individual study.

The Individual Professional Award (IPA) scheme enables you to study up to three modules outside the structure of a formal Centre for Development, Environment and Policy degree qualification.


Phone: +44 (0)20 7074 5003


Most students study for IPAs over the course of a study year (30 weeks: February to September). 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: May to September).

All examinations take place in late September.

Individual Professional Award students are registered for two years.

Module Code February May
Applied Econometrics P101
Biodiversity, Conservation and Development P131
Climate Change and Development P108
Economics and Institutions for Development (last examination 2020) P103
Economics of Environmental Policy P105
Energy and Development P132
Environmental Assessment (last examination 2020) P123
Environmental Science and Management (last examination 2020) P120
Ethics for Environment and Development (last examination 2020) P129
Food Security and Social Protection (last examination 2020) P126
Gender and Social Inequality P116
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (last examination 2020) P118
Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development P107
Natural Resource Economics (last examination 2020) P122
NGO Management P112
Political Economy of Public Policy P110
Project Planning and Management P113
Research Methods P130
Understanding Poverty P104
Understanding Sustainable Development P121
Water Resources Management P109


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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.

Study Expectations

For the 30 week study period starting in February, you will need to allocate 5 hours of study time per module, per week. For students starting their studies in May with the shorter 15 week session, 10 hours per module, per week is recommended.


The final assessment for each module is a two-hour unseen examination held on a specific date in late September. This exam is worth 60% of your total module mark.

The remaining 40% of your mark is determined by an Examined Assignment. This assignment is submitted during the study year and marked by your tutor. Assignments are submitted to CeDEP electronically via the virtual learning environment.

All modules that are offered in both February and May (see table above) have an assignment submission date at the start of August. Modules that are only offered in February have an assignment submission date at the end of June or beginning of July. (Research Methods also has a submission date for a second assignment in mid-September).

Examination arrangements

Examinations are held in students’ countries of residence, using the University of London’s network of approved Overseas Examination Authorities. Fees for taking examinations are the responsibility of the student.