Global Health MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Adolescent Health
  • Child Health
  • Climate Change and the Environment
  • Economics of Global Health & Development
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Newborn Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Population & Family Planning
  • Quality of Care
  • Urban Health
  • Vulnerable Populations & Disability
  • Women's & Reproductive Health

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Entry requirements

Candidates require a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A relevant Master’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution is desirable.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £TBC
  • UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Full-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Part-time: £TBC


Several studentships are available for MPhil/PhD research funded by the Child Health Research PhD programme.

Scholarships available for this department

African Graduate Scholarship

The scholarships exist to support African nationals with a high-quality academic and professional background who wish to further develop their skills and knowledge in their specific field. The Scholarship is a one-off award for the academic year September-September. A stepping stone to working in policy or politics.

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


PhD students enter a range of careers, from academia (post-doctoral studies) to research or policy in governmental and non-governmental organisations

Top career destinations for this programme

  • King's College London, Research Associate, 2011
  • University of Geneva, Researcher and Lecturer, 2011
  • HSBC, Management Training Programme, 2010
  • Options UK Consultancy, Technical Officer, 2013
  • University of Liverpool, Lecturer, 2013


UCL’s Institute for Global Health offers a unique environment for cross-disciplinary study as well as the opportunity to engage with peers and staff with professional experience in many different domains of global health, including research, programme management, policy and advocacy. This exposure and the innovative and many-sided approach global health PhDs are able to take to the complex problems they are tackling will foster skills and contacts useful for your future career.


PhD students will have access to the extensive international network of opportunities which has been developed by IGH staff.

Students will also become part of a new network of PhD students in global health from across UCL.

Next steps


Ms Stella Fusco

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2619


Institute for Global Health

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Student View

"UCL has given me opportunities to network inside and outside my studies, and organises events with other neighbouring universities like Birkbeck and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine."

Rogers Wanyama

Degree: Global Health and Development Msc

Staff View

"London is in many ways the centre of the global health and development world. Many of the world's leading non-governmental organisations are based here and policymakers are on the doorstep. UCL and its students are lucky to be able to take advantage of these opportunities."

Mike Rowson

Senior Teaching Fellow in Global Health