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Global Health and Development: tropEd programme MSc

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

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£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
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.

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

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 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 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

  • 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

Optional Modules

  • <a href="http://www.ucl.ac.uk/igh/postgraduate/ghd_troped">www.ucl.ac.uk/igh/postgraduate/ghd_troped</a>
  • Or for UCL specific information, please visit:
  • For further details visit: <a class='php' href='http://www.troped.org'>www.troped.org</a>
  • There are more than 150 modules available that have been approved and accredited by tropEd.

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.

Funding

African Graduate Scholarship

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
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

Value:
£2,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
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

Careers

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.

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.

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 complete optional modules outside of UCL at another tropEd institution.

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

Application and next steps

Applications

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 come from over 70 countries and from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds including development practitioners, medical doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers, researchers and non-governmental organisation workers. This diverse experience increases the capacity for students to learn from each other's skills, experiences and perspectives.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01
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.

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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