SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Guide to Your Studies

Planning your study timetable

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

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 June 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 each module you will be sent a comprehensive study pack before the start of the study year. The details will vary from module to module, but a typical set of materials will include:

A detailed study guide

All of our modules use a core text which is specially written and this will take you through your self-directed study. Exercises, assignments and other activities, such as self-assessment questions, film clips and animations are included to help you with learning. Most module study guides are now provided in electronic format on a USB flash memory stick, but can also be downloaded from the online learning environment. The link below demonstrates some of the features of our e-study guide:

Books and key readings 

Most modules also include other textbooks, and key extracts and articles, which accompany the core text. A wide range of sources are provided as required readings. Information is also supplied suggesting sources of further reading as well as links to relevant web pages.

Supplementary study materials

These are included where appropriate, and include items such as computer software.

If you think any element of the course materials is missing from your package, contact your administrator straight away.


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.

Online learning environment

Login details for the OLE 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 OLE includes a number of learning support features:

  • 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
  • electronic course documentation to download and print
  • 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


CeDEP provides its postgraduate students with a complete set of study materials for each module. However, should students wish to follow up on particular interests in more depth, especially in relation to the MSc dissertation, they are advised to investigate local library facilities.

Details of libraries which have, in the past, been prepared to offer their facilities to International Programmes students can be found on the International Programmes website.

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.


CeDEP provides the opportunity for continuous study and advancement through our postgraduate qualifications. On successful completion of examinations, students are eligible to transfer and progress as they choose, from Individual Professional Awards to Certificate, Diploma or MSc.

Any relevant modules taken successfully as an IPA or Certificate student may be credited towards your final qualification. Please contact the Student Services team for further advice and information.


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.