Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 2-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT)
- £17,770 (FT)
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
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.
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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.
MSc 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). All UCL taught modules are 15 credits. To gain the tropEd MSc you should take 15 credits (5 ECTS) of optional modules outside UCL in a partner tropEd institution.
UCL Core Modules
- 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
- There are more than 150 modules available that have been approved and accredited by tropEd.
- For further details visit: www.troped.org
- Or for UCL specific information, please visit:
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.
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?
Education at the UCL Institute for Global Health is cross-disciplinary, with teaching led by experts drawn from health policy, economics, philosophy, political science, anthropology, epidemiology and medicine.
The tropEd MSc consists of core and optional modules and a dissertation. The tropEd degree allows for optional modules to be selected from tropEd network affiliated institutions around the world that the Global Health and Development MSc does not.
tropEd provides networking opportunities and international experiences which enhance tropEd graduate employability. Mobility across leading international institutions prepares students for effective work in multi cultural and multi-disciplinary environments. Students also experience diverse learning styles and perspectives on global health problems.
Student / staff ratios › 33 staff › 83 taught students › 10 research students
Department: Institute for Global Health
"UCL is a world-class institution with a great mix of colleagues and students from an international background who bring a wealth of work experience and curiosity. My current research is interdisciplinary. One aspect of my research probes theoretical questions of social imaginaries and transformation, while the other concentrates broadly on applied anthropology with an emphasis on health and technology."
Rodney ReynoldsGlobal Health and Development: tropEd programme MSc
UCL Institute for Global Health
"I applied to UCL because it is a world-class institution, which offered me exactly the programme I wanted to study. This included the option of tropEd study abroad, enabling me to take a module relating to the HIV pandemic at the University of Bergen in Norway, which was particularly valuable in helping me secure an internship with UNAIDS this summer. Also studying in London is fantastic. Put simply, it is the best city in the world."
Ayodele AkinnawoGlobal Health and Development: tropEd programme 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?
Participants come from over 70 countries and have a variety of academic and professional backgrounds including development medicine, applied health, social-science and non-governmental organisations. This diverse experience increases the capacity for students to learn from each other's skills, experiences and perspectives.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
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 15 credits (5 ECTS) at another tropEd institution.
In addition to the tropEd UCL qualification, students may elect to receive tropEd recognition. To obtain tropEd recognition students 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.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 tropEd at graduate level
- why you want to study Global Health and Development tropEd at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the tropEd programme and where you would propose to take optional modules
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree