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Global Health MPhil/PhD

Our MPhil/PhD programme offers opportunities to students from a range of backgrounds to explore topics within a broad global health agenda. The programme aims to equip students for the diversity and demands of a career in global health.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£5,085 (FT) £2,620 (PT)
£22,850 (FT) £11,420 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree and a Master's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Applicants who do not hold a Master's degree but who have extensive relevant work experience should contact Stella Fusco, Senior Research Degrees Administrator (stella.fusco@ucl.ac.uk).

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good, with 6.5 in each subtest

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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The Institute for Global Health (IGH) provides unique, cross-disciplinary training in global health for students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. Drawing on UCL's strength as a multi-faculty university it brings together disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, law, philosophy, politics and epidemiology to analyse complex health issues and identify solutions. Our programmes allow students to explore their interests in global health, broadening their horizons for their careers ahead and giving them knowledge and a range of skills that are useful in the job market. IGH staff are experienced in many types of global health work, including research, programme management, policy advice and advocacy, and work closely across these areas in many different countries and global health institutions.

Research areas

  • Adolescent Health
  • Child Health and Development
  • Climate Change and the Environment
  • Disability
  • Economics of Global Health & Development
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Newborn Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Nutrition
  • Population & Family Planning
  • Quality of Care
  • Urban Health
  • Women's & Reproductive Health
More information can be found on the department website: Global Health MPhil/PhD


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

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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


UCL’s Institute for Global Health (IGH) 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 multi-faceted approach taken during the PhD programme will enable students to tackle complex problems which will in turn foster skills and contacts useful for their future careers.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The research degree programme at the Institute for Global Health (IGH) aims to provide excellent, interesting, challenging training for exceptional students so that they may successfully pursue careers in research, training, medicine, child health or public health.

MPhil/PhD research in the IGH normally has an international dimension, often with field work carried out abroad. This may require travel to the study site to collect preliminary data. The IGH also runs a seminar programme, which on a weekly basis provides an opportunity for our research community to meet and share experiences and ideas through presentations.

Department: Institute for Global Health

Student / staff numbers › 19 staff including 13 postdocs › 98 taught students › 20 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute for Global Health

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Student view

"I am lucky enough to be conducting my research through a non-governmental organisation who are based in Mumbai, where my research is focused. The mixture of academic support from UCL and practical knowledge and experience-based support from the NGO means that my research can be both academically sound and contextually relevant. Something which I feel is very important."

Abigail Bentley

Global Health PhD

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. You should contact our Senior Research Degrees Administrator, Stella Fusco (stella.fusco@ucl.ac.uk) before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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