Institute for Global Health


Masters in Global Health and Development

In rich and poor countries alike, the gross inequalities in people’s health are not simply a product of their individual choices. They are determined by people’s place in society and the environment in which they find themselves.

Today’s global health challenges require a coordinated response from different sectors and academic disciplines. They demand a new approach to research and teaching, which explores health within its broader development context.

Our MSc in Global Health & Development addresses issues that are both important for today’s developing countries and common to the whole world. Climate change, economic crisis and poor governance, for example, have profound health effects. Policymakers, health professionals and others concerned with global health need the intellectual tools to understand them.

Our MSc in Global Health & Development will challenge you to understand the complex forces that shape health worldwide, from the household to the global level.

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The UCL Institute for Global Health is an initiative to garner the power of UCL to address the most pressing issues of global health today.

This MSc takes a unique cross-disciplinary approach to global health and attracts students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. Students can craft a programme of study that suits their interests and which will help them become better global health practitioners wherever they work in the world.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers a multidisciplinary approach to studying global health. Students work alongside teachers, researchers and other students from a diverse range of disciplines and are taught by experts from several of UCL's faculties. These include health policy specialists, economists, philosophers, lawyers, political scientists, geographers, clinicians, nutritionists, anthropologists, and epidemiologists.

We place particular emphasis on research-based teaching, and our academics use their current research as case studies.

Student / staff ratios › 33 staff › 83 taught students › 10 research students

Department: Institute for Global Health

London's global university 

UCL is located at the heart of London, and students have access to a wide range of global health seminars and conferences, as well as the city's extraordinary wealth of intellectual and cultural activities. 

Key Information

Modes and duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years
Programme start date
September 2016
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.


The programme equips students with the knowledge and transferable skills they will need in their future careers in global health. Career routes include research, programme management, policy advice and advocacy, at national and international levels, and in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Top career destinations for this degree
  • Junior Professional in Delegation, Burundi, Europe External Action Service
  • HIV, Health and Development Consultant, UNDP Regional Centre for Europe & the CIS
  • Co-ordinator: Global Health Partnerships, East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Innovative Finance and Private Sector Partnerships Manager, GAVI Alliance
  • Consultant in Healthcare, KPMG

This wide-ranging programme strives to create students who will be able to look at health problems from different angles and think analytically and critically – all key transferable skills in the job market. The diversity of approaches to global health taken by the programme helps expand students' employment horizons and options.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Degree reviews
Student review

"In the short term, I plan on returning to my region after furthering my education to more effectively work in health and nutrition resource planning and policy aided by a multi-faceted approach. I fully appreciate the multi-disciplinary context of the Global Health and Development MSc. In the long-term, I am hoping to come back to UCL and undertake a PhD. "

Rogers Wanyama
Global Health and Development MSc
Staff review

"I am a researcher as well as a teacher and I am excited by the innovative role UCL is taking in placing our ground-breaking research at the heart of our teaching. As a senior clinical lecturer I split my time between working as a consultant in the NHS, teaching postgraduates, and conducting research in the sexual health and HIV field. I love teaching and my work, cross-disciplinary in nature, sits at the intersection between biology, politics, law, economics and health systems. "

Dr Maryam Shahmanesh
Global Health and Development MSc, Infection and Immunity MSc
UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Staff review

"UCL Institute for Global Health is a unique multi-disciplinary environment. My research aims to improve women and children's health and nutrition in India. I collaborate with the Indian NGO Ekjut, and together we have examined the effects of participatory women's groups to improve maternal and newborn health in rural and tribal areas of eastern India. The intervention is now recommended by the World Health Organisation as an effective strategy to reduce neonatal mortality in rural settings where access to health services is low."

Audrey Prost
Global Health and Development MSc
UCL Institute for Global Health

More Information

The programme challenges students to understand the complex forces that shape health worldwide, by developing their understanding of the principles underlying research, policy and practice in global health, fostering critical thinking, and building transferable skills.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A postgraduate diploma (120 credits, nine months full-time two to five years flexible study) is offered. Students take four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits). A postgraduate certificate (60 credits, three months full-time, two years' flexible study) is offered. Students take four core modules (60 credits)


All MSc students undertake an individual research project on a topic relevant to future work in global health and development which culminates in a dissertation of 7,000 words. Read more about past dissertations


Find here the modules timetable for the academic year 2016/2017 (Updated 08/09/2016)

Core modules

Optional modules 

Teaching methods and assessment

The programme is taught with an emphasis on collaborative and cooperative learning to ensure that students enter the workforce capable of joining projects and programmes with a supportive network of peers. Assessment is through written assignments, unseen written examinations, projects, oral presentations, group work, and the written dissertation.

Key Information

Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Professional experience in the fields of health and development is desirable. An applicant whose qualifications vary from UCL standards may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and work experience in an appropriate field can be shown.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Key Information

Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£9,020 (FT)
£17,770 (FT)
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Students have access to UCL's full portfolio of scholarships and bursaries. In addition, IGH also offers African Graduate Scholarships, bursaries for home/EU students, and grants for MSc dissertation fieldwork.


Home/EU applicants may apply for the IGH Postgraduate Bursaries

Applicants who are residents and nationals of an African nation may apply for an African Graduate Scholarship.

Applicants from developing Commonwealth countries may apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

African Graduate Scholarship
Variable (1 year)
Overseas students
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) - SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED FOR 2016/17
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need
IGH Postgraduate Bursaries
£2,000 (1 year)
UK, EU students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Graduates of this programme include students from more than 70 countries and from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds including development practitioners, medical doctors, nurses, researchers and non-governmental organisation workers. This increases opportunities to learn from other students' skills and experiences.

Application deadlines
All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Global Health and Development at graduate level
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • why you want to study Global Health and Development at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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