International Health Euro MSc

This one-year full-time MSc is taught in English and is offered by nine institutions and certified through the Erasmus Mundus programme recognised by the European Commission. Students are introduced to a wide range of perspectives and debates about health in the world today and benefit from diverse expertise, teaching and learning approaches.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: €10,000
  • Overseas Full-time: €15,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 28 February 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

This programme raises students’ critical awareness of current global health concerns and equips students who have broad career interests with the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the health and well-being of populations in low- and middle-income countries. Students will also learn how to formulate effective and appropriate responses to complex health-related issues.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL’s Institute for Global Health is a member of tropEd, a network of well-established partner institutions for higher education in International Health, whose teaching and research staff are recognised for their health expertise. Teaching emphasises collaborative and co-operative learning to ensure that graduates are capable of joining projects and programmes and work effectively within a supportive network of peers.

The MSc’s mobility offers the opportunity to experience diverse international educational and cultural settings, and as students come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries, you will be able to participate in a rich exchange of ideas and professional practice.

Students study in two or three institutions following one of five study tracks. The UCL MSc is offered jointly with the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health in Berlin (Track 4) or the University of Bergen in Norway (Track 5). Track 4 students study core modules and two advanced modules in Berlin and complete advanced modules and the dissertation at UCL. Track 5 students study core modules at UCL and complete advanced modules in Bergen. The dissertation is completed in Bergen or Khon Kaen University in Thailand. A detailed track description is available at: or for UCL specific information please visit:

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits or 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Each track consists of 60 credits of core modules, 60 credits of advanced modules, and a research project (60 credits).

UCL Core Modules (Track 5)

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

UCL Advanced Modules (Track 4)

  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Children in Difficult Circumstances
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Newborn Care


Students undertake an independent research project in the second or third participating institution. Track 4 students complete a 10,000-word dissertation and Track 5 students complete a manuscript and oral defence.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, discussion, project work and assignments. Independent and group study enables students to reflect on, analyse and apply learning from contact sessions. Assessment is through written assignments, unseen written examinations, projects, oral presentations, group work, and the independent research project.

Further details available on subject website:


Highly qualified students who wish to apply for this programme are encouraged to apply for Erasmus Mundus scholarships.

Substantial Erasmus Mundus scholarships towards fees and living costs are available for eligible applicants. For further information please visit the Erasmus Mundus website at:

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. Two years' relevant professional experience and English proficiency is also required.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Special Application Process
Applicants must apply online at as paper applications will not be considered. Any application queries should be directed to Ms Deborah Didio. Tel: 00 33 (0)5 57 57 48 24. Email:

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds including health managers, medical doctors, nurses, social scientists and health educators.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study International Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study International Health 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.


Upon successful completion of the programme, students are awarded joint or multiple degrees, from each of the main institutes they study at over the academic year, with a diploma supplement which describes their study track and the overall study programme. Graduates will be well equipped to develop a successful career in the developing field of International Health and Global Health.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • School of Public Health, Lecturer, 2010
  • Food for the Hungry, Emergency Health Co-ordinator, 2010
  • Napis Healthcare Ltd., Indonesia, Analyst, 2011
  • University of Nigeria, Lecturer, 2011


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


Ms Alison Gilry

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2707

W: Institute for Global Health



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