UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Study an MSc with the founders of ecological economics

Discover Prosperity People and Planet MSc at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London, the world's #9 university (QS World University Ranking 2024).

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Embark on a transformative journey with Professor Robert Costanza as we delive into real-world challenges and disruptive thinking that will empower you to achieve your career goals.

The Prosperity, People and Planet MSc takes an ecological economics and whole systems perspective, and is for anyone interested in the world, how it works, and how we can make it a better place for everyone to live in. 

We recognise that the economy is embedded in society and the rest of nature, that our complex interconnected systems can only be understood and managed from this perspective, and that problems cannot be solved in isolation from society or from the rest of nature. In our teaching, we use modern theory and methods, and an engaged, interactive teaching style to co-create solutions to the range of problems facing humanity today, from climate change to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Learn more about: Open Days | Why Prosperity, People and Planet MSc | Careers and alumni 

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Speak to our course teams, students and alumni about studying at the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity by joining our in-person and virtual open days.

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Why study Prosperity, People and Planet MSc at UCL?

As a student on the Prosperity, People and Planet MSc you will:

  • Learn about an entirely new take on ecological economics courses. We get to the heart of the biggest global challenges of our age, including climate change, environmental degradation, growth in inequality, uncertainty in the economy, and worldwide decreases in wellbeing and prosperity. In response, we propose solutions which we believe must come from interdisciplinary, whole systems theory and practice.
  • Gain first-hand access to the expertise of one of the founders of ecological economics, Professor Robert Costanza, and the Institute’s transdisciplinary thinkers and practitioners
  • Develop the core knowledge and skills needed to understand and address global problems holistically 
  • Engage in real-world scenarios and challenges, and utilise your critical thinking to propose practical and innovative solutions.
  • Tailor your studies to meet your own interests with the flexibility to tailor your studies to meet your own interests. We offer you a range of optional modules focusing on some of the most pressing and complex problems the world is facing today, including finance, economics, Chinese studies, urban development, social theory, environmental science, sustainability, sociology, and more.  

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Careers and alumni

After graduating, our Prosperity, People and Planet MSc students can go on to work in the public sector, government, private sector, NGOs, education, and a multitude of other industries and sectors. After graduating from this cuttin-edge new degree, we expect our students to take up a broad range of roles including as ecological consultants, policy officers and social research officers. We also envisage our students going into careers in research and PhD study. 

Studying with us means you will have the opportunity to join the Institute for Global Prosperity community. We have a global network of alumni, partners and collaborators all making positive change in the world, particularly in major roles in government, business and the third sector. Throughout the academic year, we host careers and alumni events, allowing current students to engage with alumni and to build on this growing network of changemakers. 

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Following a business management degree, Adam came to study at the Institute for Global Prosperity. Since graduating, Adam has created a sustainable start-up aiming to disrupt the environmentally devastating and inefficient markets of traditional livestock and agriculture.
What stands out by far was the incredible student and teacher community fostered by the Institute. Every single lesson had riveting conversation and debates, all done in good faith to one another and that extended way beyond lesson itself."

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Maria had a background in communications and advertising before joining the Institute for Global Prosperity. Follwing her degree, she got a job leading circular economy and sustainability projects at Siegwerk.

For me [studying at the Institute for Global Prosperity] represented a unique networking opportunity. When I moved to London, I didn't know nothing about the market, let alone have any contacts. I was very clear that I wanted to stay after finishing the programme"