Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 2-5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT)
- £17,250 (FT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
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.
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.
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.
Select your country:
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.
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. Students take four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible study 1-2 years) is offered. Students take four core modules (60 credits)
- 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 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
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.
Applicants who are residents and nationals of an African nation may apply for an African Graduate Scholarship.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- Variable (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- £2,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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 degree
- National Community Service Officer, UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency (2011)
- Project Officer, MERLIN, Central African Republic (2012)
- Policy Officer, Department of Health (England) (2011)
- Innovative Finance and Private Sector Partnerships Manager, GAVI Alliance (2012)
- Public Health Trainee, International Medical Corps (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.
Why 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 diverse range 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.
Student / staff ratios › 33 staff › 84 taught students › 10 research students
Department: Institute for Global Health
"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."
Mr Mike RowsonGlobal Health and Development MSc, Global Health and Development (tropEd) MSc
Principal Teaching Fellow in Global Health
"In the short-term, I plan on returning to my region after furthering my education to more effectively work in health and nutrition resource planning and policy aided by a multi-pronged approach. I fully appreciate in the multi-disciplinary context of the MSc in Global Health and Development. In long-term, I am hoping to come back to UCL and undertake a PhD. "
Rogers WanyamaGlobal Health and Development MSc
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.
Who can apply?
Graduates of this programme include students from more than 70 countries and from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds including development practitioners, 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.
- All applicants
- 31 July 2015
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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