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

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750

Application date

  • 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.

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

Options

  • Options may include the following:
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
  • Globalisation and Security
  • Global Justice and Health
  • Health Management: Planning and Programme Design
  • Healthcare Quality and Evidence-based Practice
  • Key Principles of Health Economics
  • Law and Governance of Global Health
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Newborn Care
  • Urban Health
  • Research in Action: Qualitative Approach
  • Research in Action: Quantitative Approach

Dissertation/report

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:


Funding

Applicants who are residents and nationals of an African nation may apply for an African Graduate Scholarship.

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.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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 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.

International equivalencies

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
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.


Career

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

Employability

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.


Next steps

Contact

Mrs Paloma Garcia-Paredes

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2646

W: 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