SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

PGCert in Climate Change and Development

Distance Learning Programme

1 - 5 years

2017 Entry requirements

  • A degree or a technical or professional qualification and experience considered appropriate and relevant by the University.

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Start of programme: Autumn 2017

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

**Please note this programme is subject to final approval**

The Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change and Development will give you a thorough grounding in how current development models produce environmental problems, like climate change, which then threaten the objectives of development.

The Climate Change and Development programme designed to assist both existing professionals working within environment and development spheres and people moving into these fields. For existing professionals, the programme provides the opportunity to upgrade and update their expertise, and to reflect systematically and in depth on their accumulated experience in the light of up-to-date theory and literature.


Phone: +44 (0)20 7898 4050



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.

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.


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


This programme is designed to give students the tools for careers in:

  • government ministries and other public sector organisations concerned with policy analysis and implementation for disaster risk reduction, climate and broader environmental issues, local, and national climate change strategies, energy and development as well as poverty reduction
  • international and non-governmental organisations working across countries and regions on disaster risk reduction, climate and broader environmental issues, international climate change conventions and negotiations, energy and development, as well as poverty reduction
  • consultancies and development projects involved in research and policy design around disaster risk reduction, climate and broader environmental issues, international climate change conventions and negotiations, energy and development, as well as poverty reduction.

A Student's Perspective

I found the main lecture and reading materials highly stimulating, explaining the key concepts and ideas clearly and challenging you to go beyond static theories and apply them outside the class room

Hugh King


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