Individual Professional Awards in Development, Environment and Policy [Online Learning]


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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

If you’re looking to update your professional skills, we offer our 15 credit modules for individual study.

The Individual Professional Award (IPA) scheme enables you to study up to three modules outside the structure of a formal Centre for Development, Environment and Policy degree qualification.


Most students study for IPAs over the course of a study year (30 weeks: February to September). However, for selected modules, there is a second entry point during the year where students can study for an award in a shorter period (15 weeks: May to September).

All examinations take place in late September.

Individual Professional Award students are registered for two years.

Modules Code February May
Applied Econometrics P101 X
Biodiversity, Conservation and Development P131 X X
Climate Change and Development P108 X X
Economics and Institutions for Development (last examination 2020) P103 X X
Economics of Environmental Policy P105 X X
Energy and Development P132 X
Environmental Assessment (last examination 2020) P123 X X
Environmental Science and Management (last examination 2020) P120 X
Ethics for Environment and Development (last examination 2020) P129 X
Food Security and Social Protection (last examination 2020) P126 X
Gender and Social Inequality P116 X X
Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (last examination 2020) P118 X X
Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development P107 X X
Natural Resource Economics (last examination 2020) P122 X
NGO Management P112 X
Political Economy of Public Policy P110 X
Project Planning and Management P113 X
Research Methods P130 X
Understanding Poverty P104 X
Understanding Sustainable Development P121 X X
Water Resources Management P109 X

Teaching & Learning

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 the 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.

Entry requirements

Entry is at the discretion of CeDEP, with each application assessed on merit.

Last updated Oct 2019

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