Global Health and Development: tropEd programme MSc


This MSc takes a unique cross-disciplinary approach to global health and introduces students to a wide range of debates about 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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years
  • 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.

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.

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


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

Dissertation/report

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:


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.

IGH Postgraduate Bursaries

This scholarship is based on academic merit.

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

The application deadline for this programme is 1 August 2014. 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 Global Health and Development MSc 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.


Career

The programme equips students with knowledge and transferrable 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.

The first cohort of students on the Global Health and Development: tropEd programme MSc are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

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 this programme helps expand students' employment horizons and options.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Alison Gilry

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2707

Department

Institute for Global Health

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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

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