I started working on sustainable development programmes with WWF and felt that I wanted to further and specialise my career in by learning environmental management skills required for this area of work. Having moved to Kathmandu, I found the distance learning programme was the ideal way for me to benefit from the quality of the University of London's institutions whilst applying what I learnt in a developing country context.
I was mainly working on intensive consultancies so managed to fit my study around these and used the dissertation module as an opportunity to conduct research on an area of existing professional interest.
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. It was also great to have a range of additional reading materials to look at areas of special interest in depth. The online forums were a good way of clarifying any unclear areas and of interacting with students. It was inspiring to see where other people were learning the same material and how they had very different perspectives because of this. The tutor support was excellent in every single module, not only encouraging and enthusiastic but well informed. I know of some friends that have taken class based Masters in the UK that almost never had contact with their tutor so I really appreciated this element of CeDEP.
I have recently got a post as a social researcher in the UK government's Department for Environment, Food and Agriculture. The research skills and environmental knowledge I learnt on the course definitely helped achieve this.