SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Individual Professional Awards

Online and Distance Learning Programme

duration:
15 or 30 weeks

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.

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  • Overview
  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Fees and funding
  • Apply

Overview

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).

Individual Professional Award students are registered for two years.

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.

Fees and funding

MScPGDipPGCertSingle Module
£9,450 £8,400 £4,200 £1,050
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.

Postgraduate loans

If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships

Click here for a list of postgraduate scholarships.

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
  • NGOs
  • Educational and other charitable trusts

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Find out more

  • Contact us
    By phone:
    +44 (0)20 7898 4098
    By email:
    cedepadmin@soas.ac.uk
  • Got a question?

    If you still have questions about this programme or studying at SOAS get in touch.

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  • Apply

    CeDEP distance learning applications should be made through our online application form.

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