SOAS University of London

Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)

Guide to Your Studies

The following information applies to all CeDEP programmes.

Planning your study timetable

You can begin your studies in either April or October. The examinations for all students are in late September.

Each study session runs over a 16 week period, during which you will need to allocate at least 10 hours of study per module, per week.

Using our online enrolment form, you will select and enrol onto your modules before the start of each study period. The form will automatically allow you to enrol onto the modules you require.

Study materials

Developed by subject experts, the module materials are designed to meet all your study requirements. We also encourage you to explore your interests through other on and offline sources of information.

CeDEP is continually reviewing and updating the resources available to you as well as incorporating innovative methods for making the learning experience more fulfilling. Study materials are 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. The tutor will guide students through the units of the module and prepare them for the examination. Tutors also host the module discussion forum on the VLE 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 provided at the beginning of your 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


CeDEP postgraduate students have full access to the online materials of the SOAS Library.

The University of London 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.


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 ceremony with your results notification 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 or you can email:
Alternatively, CeDEP 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.