The MSc Global Prosperity prepares you to become one of a new generation of global leaders. The programme challenges current economic and social models that have generated both astonishing levels of wealth as well as deep social and ecological dilemmas. Through your study you will examine possible solutions to contemporary global challenges and explore how much-needed economic, social and political transformations can be enacted to deliver sustainable prosperity.
Modes and duration
Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Typically, lectures and seminars occur on two days per week. Flexible students normally attend half this amount.
Tuition fees (2019/20)
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 Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Prospective students must demonstrate commitment to engage with complex global challenges across a range of disciplines. Applicants with significant work experience in government, business, civil society or social entrepreneurship and/or postgraduate training are strongly encouraged to apply.
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: Standard
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.
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About this degree
The degree explores major global challenges and offers critical historical analyses of their origins in trends such as the drive for economic growth, unsustainable consumerism, and sustainable development. You will explore models and theories of social, economic and technological change and develop case-studies of ongoing radical prosperity transformations driven by actors from across the globe and from a range of positions including entrepreneurs, policy makers, business and civil society. Research methods classes examine how measures of prosperity, wellbeing and progress have been constructed and how alternative measures (both quantitative and qualitative) might be framed through transdisciplinary empirical research. You will also explore a variety of collective problem solving methods such as human centred design.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).
- Pathways to Prosperity 1: Global Legacies
- Pathways to Prosperity 2: Global Futures
- Research Methods 1: Measuring Global Prosperity
- Research Methods 1: Problem-solving for Global Prosperity
Students choose two thematically compatible optional modules:
- Transformative Entrepreneurship
- Debt, Finance and Prosperity
- Other modules can be chosen widely from across UCL. For example from engineering, global health, sustainable resources, energy, anthropology, economics, geography, history, philosophy.
All students undertake an independent research project leading to a dissertation (10,000 words) which may be fieldwork or literature based. You will also be required to prepare a shorter article for publication.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through targeted and innovative learning methods, including lectures, seminars, case studies, group work, and student presentations.
You will be assessed through a range of both formative and summative means. These will include formative group work and in class-discussions and presentations, followed by summative group/individual projects and presentations, case-study reports, essays, and blog posts. Assessment culminates in a dissertation which may be literature or research based.
Further details on possible funding can be found here.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Now closed for 2019/20
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
This programme will prepare students from a range of academic backgrounds for careers in policy-making, social and sustainable entrepreneurship, education, government, the third sector, and business, as well as doctoral-level research.
After graduation, students are expected to go on to define new routes to prosperity through working in policy-making, management and shared value, entrepreneurship, activism, education and research. IGP's extensive network of external partners and alumni will benefit students in building their careers and especially in their entrepreneurial endeavours.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The mission of the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) is to rethink social and environmental prosperity and to generate new economic models and measures to deliver prosperity. Prosperous communities are socially inclusive, equitable, and sustainable, however, radical changes are required to overcome today's grand challenges and to enact such properity.
The IGP is pioneering research into questions of prosperity and driving forward novel transdisciplinary engagments to deliver new more properous social and economic forms. As a student in the depertment you will have the opportunity to become part of this emerging community, to learn from and participate in our research, and to help to shape debates around what a prosperous society should be. We expect students to graduate as leaders who go on to deploy the ideas and practices they have learnt in future careers.
Students will have the opportunity to engage with a range of IGP researchers, partners and affiliated fellows with possibilities of developing academic, policy or business-oriented projects. As a multidisciplinary global university with wide resources at its disposal, UCL is the ideal environment in which to study sustainable global prosperity.
Department: Institute for Global Prosperity
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme will appeal to a range of students from around the world. In particular, individuals who already have a postgraduate degree and/or significant real-world experience in business, social entrepreneurship, government or third sector organisations are encouraged to apply.
- 26 July 2019
- 30 August 2019
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 Prosperity at graduate level
- why you want to study Global Prosperity at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- how you can make a unique contribution to our innovative academic community
- 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.