- 15 or 30 weeks
Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)
Individual Professional Awards
Online and Distance Learning Programme
2018 Entry requirements
- Entry is at the discretion of CeDEP, with each application assessed on merit. This may offer some experienced and able candidates without a first degree a route into postgraduate training.
- Teaching and Learning
- Fees and funding
Start of programme: This programme is now closed to new applicants
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 Centre for Development, Environment and Policy 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).
Individual Professional Award students are registered for two years.
Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4050
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.
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.
When can I study?
You can begin your studies in either February or May. The examinations for all students are in late September or early October. The study periods are 30 weeks for students starting in February and 15 weeks for those starting in May.
How many hours a week?
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
How you will be assessed
The final assessment for each module is a two-hour unseen examination held on a specific date in late September or early October. This exam is worth 80% of your total module mark.
The remaining 20% 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.
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.
Fees and funding
Pay as you Learn
Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.
Whilst our fees cover the majority of your costs of studying with CeDEP, you will incur additional costs for fees payable to local examination centres for sitting your examinations. The level of these fees will depend on your country of residence. A few students may also incur customs duties/taxes where these are payable on educational materials (textbooks).
If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. Click here to learn more.
Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.
Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:
- United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
- Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
- European Union
- British Council
- UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Educational and other charitable trusts
Find out more
- By phone:
- +44 (0)20 7898 4098
- By email:
Got a question?
If you still have questions about this programme or studying at SOAS get in touch.
CeDEP distance learning applications should be made through our online application form.