SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Guide to Your Studies

The following information applies to all CeDEP programmes with the exception of 'Climate Change and Development'.

Planning your study timetable

You can begin your studies for any of the CeDEP qualifications in either February or May. The examinations for all students are in late September. The study periods are 30 weeks for students starting in February and 15 weeks for those starting in May.

For the 30 week study period, you will need to allocate 5–6 hours of study time per module, per week. For students starting their studies in May with the shorter 15 week session, 10–12 hours per module, per week is recommended. Read more about 'Study Time Requirements'.

You will select and enrol onto modules before the start of each study period, using our online enrolment form. The form will automatically allow you to enrol onto the modules you require, you will be sent reminders by email when enrolment for the next period opens and again before the enrolment deadline.

Study materials

Developed by subject experts, the module materials are designed to meet all your study requirements. We encourage you to follow up further interests and explore other information more widely, but the material we provide is comprehensive and sufficient for the required elements of each module.

CeDEP is continually reviewing and updating the resources available to you as well as incorporating innovative methods for making the learning experience more fulfilling.For 2018 study materials will be made available as follows:

  • e-Study Guide will be made available to download through the Virtual Learning Environment. You will gain access to these materials as soon as your module payment has been received.
  • Key readings will be made available electronically at the start of the study session.
  • textbooks will be delivered to you by courier.


Each module has a dedicated tutor who is a subject specialist and are in email contact with their students. The tutor will guide the students through the units of the module and prepare them for the examination.  Tutors also host the module discussion forum on the online learning environment and send a monthly ‘e-digest’, which highlights points raised in discussion, new issues or other topics relevant to the module and units being studied.

Virtual learning environment

Login details for the VLE will be emailed to students at the beginning of their studies. You will receive a SOAS email account, which acts as your username for access to the online learning environment.

The VLE includes a number of learning support features:

  • e-study guide to download and print
  • student – student and student – tutor interaction
  • links to relevant resources
  • module-specific discussion rooms where you can debate and find solutions to queries about your studies
  • assignment submission and tutor feedback area
  • administrative and technical help areas
  • notice boards where you will be informed of any important events or deadlines
  • student café where you can meet and chat to your fellow students informally


From February 2018, CeDEP will provide its postgraduate students with full access to the online materials of the SOAS library. More details will be provided to students in advance of the February 2018 study session.

The International Programmes also offer students access to their Online Library. This provides a range of full-text, multidisciplinary databases, as well as journal articles, book reviews and reports to which the University subscribes on students’ behalf.

Details about how to register for access to the online library are provided by the International Programmes library registration page.

If you are already registered, you can access the online library via the International Programmes Library Homepage.


Each year, usually in March, a ceremony is held in London at which graduates from all degree programmes are presented to the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. The University of London will send you further information about the presentation ceremony with your notification of results when you successfully complete your MSc or Postgraduate Diploma.

Further information is available from the Graduation page of the University of London International Programmes website.
Alternatively, CeDEP MSc students can attend the SOAS graduation ceremony which takes place in July. See for further information.
For either ceremony, we recommend that you apply as early as possible, as although spaces for graduates are not restricted, tickets for guests are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is always a high demand.