Institute of Education


Education, Health Promotion and International Development


This unique MA provides students with the opportunity to develop understanding of, academic and professional practice in education and health promotion in lower and middle income countries.

Degree Information

Students will explore and analyse:

  • key concepts and issues in education,
  • the promotion of health and wellbeing as part of international development
  • research, policy and practice in relation to promoting health and wellbeing through education in low and middle-income countries

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Core Modules
Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation
A range of optional modules from across UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Master's-level offering are available:
Economic Perspectives of Education Policy
Education and Development in Asia
Education and Muslim Communities
Education, Conflict and Fragility
Gender, Education and Development
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All
Planning for Education and Development
Theories of Childhood and Society
Understanding Education Research

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 20,000 words (or a report of 10,000 words).

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, participatory and interactive groupwork, online learning and individual tutorials. Assessment is through coursework - including a 3,000-word project proposal - and a 20,000-word dissertation (or 10,000-word report).

Key Information

Modes and duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Flexible: up to 4 years
  • Mixed mode learning: available
Programme start date
January 2016, September 2016
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£7,145 (FT)
£15,525 (FT)
Application deadlines
January 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 7 December 2015
September 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 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.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required, normally in social science, education or nursing. In addition some appropriate experience in a low or middle-income country (a minimum of one month) is normally a condition of entry.

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: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.

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.

Select your country:


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.

IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships
Overseas students
IOE Centenary Research Scholarships
EU students
IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership
UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit
IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars
Fees and some expenses
Overseas students
IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership
IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Overseas students
IOE Erasmus Bursary
£350/month (1)
UK, EU, Overseas students
IOE Fulbright
Overseas students
IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT
Overseas students
IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
Overseas students
UCL-IOE Scholarship for under-represented groups
1000 (1 year)
UK, EU students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:

  • policy-makers and advisers in government ministries and departments
  • policy advocates and programme managers in international NGOs and development agencies
  • teachers and lecturers in schools, colleges and universities
  • international development consultants
  • PhD students.


Graduates of this Master's degree may use academic writing skills developed in this programme to develop new forms of reporting within their organisations; build on the proposal writing skills developed to secure funding; successfully set up and sustain consultancies; learn how to engage policy-makers, practitioners and members of the public through research-informed practice.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This unique Master's programme provides students with opportunities to explore and examine the links between three academic and professional fields - education, health promotion and international development.

Students learn from experts in education and health promotion in low and middle-income contexts and benefit from taking part in lectures and seminars given by international guest speakers.

There is a study visit to Paris (not included in the programme fee), usually incorporating UNESCO and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) and students become members of the London International Development Centre, a multidisciplinary centre of the University of London.

Department: Education, Practice & Society

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?

This programme is suited to professionals and practitioners working in health, education, health promotion and/or social development in low- or middle-income countries. It is also for those who would like to transfer their expertise in high-income countries to low- and middle-income contexts.

Application deadlines
January 2016 entry
7 December 2015
September 2016 entry
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 Education, Health Promotion and International Development at graduate level
  • why you want to study Education, Health Promotion and International Development at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen 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.