Short and Taster Courses

The Institute for Global Health (IGH) offers it postgraduate modules as short and taster courses. 

Short courses

Short courses are aimed at health professionals seeking non-assessed professional development for which they receive a certificate of attendance, upon successful completion of the module(s).

Taster courses

The IGH taster programme provides an excellent method of giving health professionals the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills whilst earning UCL credits. It also provides potential future IGH MSc students the opportunity to experience teaching within the department before applying to our postgraduate programmes. A number of our most prominent MSc students began at IGH with the taster programme. 

Upon successful completion of the module(s) credits can be transferred to a UCL IGH MSc, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate within the given time frame. 

What are the differences between short and taster courses?

Participants who successfully complete a short course at IGH receive a certificate of attendance, but they are not assessed and do not receive UCL credit. Participants who successfully complete an IGH taster course are assessed and receive UCL credit. They also receive a certificate of attendance. Taster credits must be applied to a postgraduate programme within two academic years of taking the taster module. Short and taster course participants complete separate application forms. There is also a difference in fees between the two.

All our modules can be taken as either short or taster courses, and both types of study involve attending all of the teaching, practical activities and any group work related to the course.

Short and taster students can use UCL computers and have reference access to library material.  E-resources (e.g. journals) can be accessed via e-access computers on library sites.

More information for Taster course students about UCL credits

Course list 2015/16 

Please note: Availability of modules will be subject to demand.

Download a provisional timetable of courses for 2015/16 (PDF)

Our core modules are taught in the autumn term over 5-10 weeks, 1-2 days per week.  Please see our timetable for details of course dates.  Spaces on our core courses are particularly subject to availability.

Our other courses are taught in the spring and autumn terms and generally follow an intensive delivery of two weeks teaching followed by one week assessment preparation.  

Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health, Corruption and Global Health, and Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health, are taught on Wednesdays or Thursdays for half a day for 10 weeks.  

Applicants are advised to check course details before finalising leave and travel dates.  

How to apply

Please download the relevant application form and covering letter:

Places on our optional courses are made available to our in-house MSc registered students in the first instance and then allocated to visiting applicants on a first come first served basis from 26th October 2015.

Applicants should apply at least one month before the course commencement date.  International applicants requiring a student visitor visa should allow at least 3 weeks to arrange and receive their UK visa.

Application requirements

Short course Taster courses
  • Professional work experience in a relevant area.
  • English Language Proficiency - please see below.
  • Application deadline: At least 3 weeks before the start of the course for EU applicants. At least 6 weeks before start of course for non EU applicants
  • UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant/allied subject awarded with a 1st or 2nd class Honours or an equivalent qualification. 
  • 2 years relevant overseas experience is desirable but not necessary. 
  • English Language Proficiency - please see below. 
  • Two academic or professional reference letters. 
  • Application deadline: At least 4 weeks before the start of the course for EU applicants. At least 6 weeks before start of course for non EU applicants.

IGH requires evidence of a Good level of English proficiency with 6.5 in each subtest. Please see the main UCL English Language requirements page for details of acceptable evidence.


Short course Taster course
  • Tuition fee £800 2015/16 academic year 
  • Not assessed
  • Receive a certificate of attendance 
  • Tuition fee £900 2015/16 academic year
  • Assessed 
  • Receive a certificate of attendance 
  • Receive module grade report on successful completion of the module. 
  • Taster credits can be applied to a postgraduate programme within two years of taking the taster module