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Global Health and Development MSc

This MSc takes a unique cross-disciplinary approach to global health and attracts students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£8,755 (FT)
£17,250 (FT)
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good, with 6.5 in each subtest

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Degree Information

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)

Core Modules

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


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


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.

African Graduate Scholarship

1 year
The candidate must be an African national and a permanent resident of an African nation. The scheme offers a substantial scholarship towards UCL tuition fees, accommodation and some living costs. The candidate must also be able to provide evidence that he/she has secured other sources of funding for traveling to and from the UK.

IGH Postgraduate Bursaries

1 year
Eligibility: Home/EU applicants who have an unconditional or conditional offer to study the MSc in Global Health and Development, including the TropEd route, full time or modular/flexible.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships 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

  • UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency, National Community Service Officer, 2011,
  • MERLIN, Central African Republic, Project Officer, 2012,
  • Department of Health (England), Policy Officer, 2011,
  • GAVI Alliance, Innovative Finance and Private Sector Partnerships Manager, 2012,
  • International Medical Corps, Public Health Trainee, 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

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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 Rowson

Subject: Global Health and Development MSc, Global Health and Development (tropEd) MSc
Student review

"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 Wanyama

Subject: Global 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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