Join Online Distance MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice from SOAS University of London in UK, 2017

Start of programme: February / May

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Most of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. These programmes will give you the scientific, technological and economic knowledge and the skills to analyse and tackle the poverty suffered by these people. You will be able to work on real issues, using the specialist expertise gained from your course.

The programmes integrate theory and practice and provide an understanding of how to manage organisations within their own cultural, political, technological, social, and institutional contexts, with the ultimate aim of solving problems of poverty reduction.

For the MSc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice students will take:

3 core modules

4 elective modules*

2 research modules

including one free choice from across all specialisms


If you are taking an MSc or a Postgraduate Diploma you may choose elective modules within a particular specialism. Choosing a specialism creates the opportunity for a clear focus in your studies, whereby you can develop understanding and skills relevant to specific professional interests. The name of the specialism will appear on the certificate awarded.

Core modules

Economics and Institutions for Development

Understanding Poverty [compulsory]

Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development

Climate Change and Development

Elective Modules
Development Management

Rural Finance (this module will run until 2018)

Rural Development (this module will run until 2018)

NGO Management

Project Planning and Management

Gender and Social Inequality

Management in Rural Development (this module will run until 2017)

Inclusive Growth

Agricultural Policy and Trade

Energy and Development

Food Security and Social Protection

Political Economy of Public Policy

Rural Finance (this module will run until 2018)

Natural Resource Management

Water Resources Management

Sustainable Land Management (this module will run until 2018)

Environmental Science and Management

Natural Resource Economics

Biodiversity, Conservation and Development

International Environmental Law

Research Modules

Research Methods


Teaching & Learning

Academic Level

Study Expectations


Research Component

Academic Level

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 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.

When can I study?
You can begin your studies in either February or May. The examinations for all students are in late September or early October. The study periods are 30 weeks for students starting in February and 15 weeks for those starting in May.

How many hours a week?
For the 30 week study period starting in February, you will need to allocate 5 hours of study time per module, per week. For students starting their studies in May with the shorter 15 week session, 10 hours per module, per week is recommended.


How you will be assessed

The final assessment for each module is a two-hour unseen examination held on a specific date in late September or early October. This exam is worth 80% of your total module mark.

The remaining 20% of your mark is determined by an Examined Assignment. This assignment is submitted during the study year and marked by your tutor. Assignments are submitted to CeDEP electronically via the virtual learning environment.

MSc : £9450, PGDip: £8400, PGCert: £4200, Single module: £1050
Pay as you learn:

Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.

Postgraduate loans

If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible.


Click here for a list of postgraduate scholarships.

Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.

Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:

United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)

Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)

European Union

British Council

UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office


Educational and other charitable trusts

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