Global Health and Development MSc
Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate
This MSc takes a unique cross-disciplinary approach to global health and introduces students to a wide range of debates about the world today. 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.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 2-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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 their ability to critically evaluate the 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, and epidemiologists.
Students benefit from a wide range of university resources reflecting the breadth and depth of UCL research and teaching, as well as London's dynamic collection of intellectual and cultural activities.
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).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible study 1-2 years) is offered.
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.
Teaching and Learning
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.
Further details available on subject website:
Applicants who are residents and nationals of an African nation may apply for an African Graduate Scholarship.
Scholarships available for this department
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.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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 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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
Graduates of this programme include students from more than 70 countries and from a variety of professional backgrounds including healthcare workers, health managers, 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
The programme equips students with knowledge and transferable skills they will need in their future careers in global health. Career routes include research, programme management, policy advice and advocacy, at national and international levels, and in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Top career destinations for this programme
- UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency, National Community Service Officer, 2011
- Chatham House, Centre for Global Health Security Co-ordinator, 2011
- Department of Health (England), Policy Officer, 2011
- SHIREE, Bangladesh, Associate Programmes Manager, 2011
- International Medical Corps, Public Health Trainee, 2012
This wide-ranging programme strives to create students who will be able to look at health problems from different angles and think analytically and critically – all key transferable skills in the job market. The diversity of approaches to global health taken by the programme helps expand students' employment horizons and options.
"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."
Degree: Global Health and Development Msc
"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."
Senior Teaching Fellow in Global Health