Masters in Global Health and Development

This Masters takes a unique multi-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.

What will I learn?

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.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

A different approach to global health

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.

Multi-disciplinary and research-based teaching

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

We place particular emphasis on research-based teaching, and draw upon experts to use their current research as case studies.


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.

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. 


Duration and mode of study

Full-time  - 1 year 

Modular/Flexible - 2-5 years (Option available only to UK and EU students)

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).


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 10,000 words. Read more about past dissertations

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.


Find here the modules timetable for the academic year 2015/2016

Core modules

Optional modules 

Application Details

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. An applicant whose qualifications vary from UCL standards may be admitted if they show evidence of an adequate academic background or work experience in an appropriate field.
  • An undergraduate or 'first' degree in medicine, nursing, social science, development studies or an allied subject, recognised by UCL 
  • A minimum 2.1 level degree or equivalent GPA
  • English language ability according to the UCL GOOD level.   
  • Please see the UCL webpage for further information on UCL entrance requirements
  • Relevant work experience is highly desirable, preferably within a developing country setting. 

How to 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 the capacity for students to learn from each other's skills, experiences and perspectives.

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
  • why you want to study Global Health and Development at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.

Application deadline: 29 July, 2016. Overseas applicants 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.

Fees 2016-2017 (based on full-time study)

Course  Overseas  UK / EU
 MSc  £17, 770  £9,020

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.

Next steps


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