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UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Global Health and Development: tropEd programme MSc

This MSc introduces students to a wide range of perspectives and debates about health in the world today. After successfully completing the UCL core modules, students study optional modules from a list of UCL and tropEd-accredited courses, which may be taken at various partner institutions around the world.

Degree summary

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 and development, and their ability to critically evaluate from a cross-disciplinary perspective the health, economic and development issues that are both important for today's developing countries and common to the whole world.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Global Health was established to foster a cross-disciplinary approach to studying global health. Students work alongside teachers, researchers and other students from a diversity of disciplines to learn to approach global health problems from different perspectives, and are taught by a leading team of experts drawn from several of UCL's faculties. These include health policy specialists, economists, philosophers, political scientists, geographers, clinicians, anthropologists, epidemiologists and sociologists.

This degree programme offers student mobility in leading international institutions, and prepares students to work more effectively in a multi-cultural environment by exposing them to multiple perspectives through the tropEd programme.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years (flexible 2-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core UCL modules (60 credits), optional modules taken at UCL and partner trop-Ed institutions (60 credits), and the research dissertation completed at UCL (60 credits).

UCL Core Modules

  • Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
  • Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health
  • Power and Politics in Global Health
  • Health Systems in a Global Context

Optional Modules


All MSc students must complete a 10,000-word individual research project on a topic relevant to global health and development.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught with an emphasis on collaborative and co-operative learning. This is 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.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

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, preferably within a developing country setting 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 proficiency to the UCL standard level is also required; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/grad-english-requirement

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 15 August 2013. Due to competition for places candidates are advised to apply as early as possible. Please note that funding deadlines are often well in advance of programme application deadlines.

The tropEd degree differs from the standard UCL MSc in Global Health and Development in that it encourages student mobility. TropEd students are required to complete two optional modules outside of UCL at another tropEd institution.

In addition to the tropEd UCL qualification, students may elect to receive tropEd recognition. To obtain tropEd recognition you must demonstrate a minimum of two years' relevant professional experience, including at least one year in low or middle-income countries, acquired before completing the MSc. Students must also complete at least 30 credits (10 ECTS) in advanced tropEd modules outside the UK.

Who can apply?

Graduates of this programme come from over 70 countries and from a variety of professional backgrounds including healthcare workers, health managers, medical doctors, nurses, researchers and non-governmental organisation workers. This diverse experience 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.


The programme equips policymakers, health professionals and others concerned with global health with the intellectual tools needed to address and understand global issues that have profound health effects, including climate change, economic crisis and poor governance. Within and beyond those disciplines perceived as central to the issue of global health are many thousands of expert individuals, working at the very forefront of their disciplines – from philosophy to transport studies, computer science to gender studies, environmental engineering to security science.

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