SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Individual Professional Awards

Online and Distance Learning Programme

Duration: 15 or 30 weeks

  • Overview
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • How to Apply

Overview

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Minimum 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.

Start of programme: February / May

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).

Module Code February May
Agricultural Policy and Trade P102
Applied Econometrics P101
Biodiversity, Conservation and Development P131
Climate Change and Development P108
Economic Principles P100
Economics and Institutions for Development P103
Economics of Environmental Policy P105
Energy and Development P132
Environmental Assessment P123
Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems P124
Environmental Science and Management P120
Environmental Valuation: Theory, Techniques and Application P106
Ethics for Environment and Development P129
Food Security and Social Protection P126
Gender and Social Inequality P116
International Environmental Law P125
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy P118
Management in Rural Development P128
Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development P107
Natural Resource Economics P122
NGO Management P112
Political Economy of Public Policy P110
Project Planning and Management P113
Research Methods P130
Rural Development P127
Rural Finance P111
Sustainable Land Management P117
Understanding Poverty P104
Understanding Sustainable Development P121
Water Resources Management P109

Email: cedepadmin@soas.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4050

Structure

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.

Module Code February May
Agricultural Policy and Trade P102
Applied Econometrics P101
Biodiversity, Conservation and Development P131
Climate Change and Development P108
Economic Principles P100
Economics and Institutions for Development P103
Economics of Environmental Policy P105
Energy and Development P132
Environmental Assessment P123
Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems P124
Environmental Science and Management P120
Environmental Valuation: Theory, Techniques and Application P106
Ethics for Environment and Development P129
Food Security and Social Protection P126
Gender and Social Inequality P116
International Environmental Law P125
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy P118
Management in Rural Development P128
Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development P107
Natural Resource Economics P122
NGO Management P112
Political Economy of Public Policy P110
Project Planning and Management P113
Research Methods P130
Rural Development P127
Rural Finance P111
Sustainable Land Management P117
Understanding Poverty P104
Understanding Sustainable Development P121
Water Resources Management P109

Disclaimer

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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.

Study Expectations

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

Assessment

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.

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.

Apply

How to Apply

Complete our online application form

Not ready to apply? Take a look at our guides on applying below:

The deadlines for applications are as follows:

Session one Session two
Application deadline 1 November 2017 30 March 2018
Enrolment deadline 30 November 2017 13 April 2018
Session start 5 February 2018 21 May 2018
Session end 30 September 2018 30 September 2018 

Your completed application will be reviewed by a member of academic staff. If your application is successful, we will send you an official offer within ten working days and you will be asked to submit the relevant supporting documentation. Once in receipt of our offer, we recommend submitting your documents immediately.

Supporting documentation for applications

Applicants will be required to provide the following supporting documentation giving evidence of the following:
  • Full name and date of birth
  • Qualifications (including English language proficiency, where required)

For details about the acceptable forms of evidence, along with information about getting your documents verified, please visit the supporting documents page.

It is your responsibility to arrange for all the necessary documentation to be obtained in support of your application. We cannot undertake this on your behalf.

Please note that, if necessary, we reserve the right to verify your qualifications with the relevant awarding body and to request further information from you about your background.

All supporting documentation must be received by the application deadline.

Please send your supporting documents to the following address:

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street
London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom