UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Global Prosperity MSc

Join a diverse community of researchers and practitioners underpinned by a shared vision for sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

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The Global Prosperity MSc 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.

Programme overview

To enhance your skills as a transition leader, the IGP will provide you with both a formal academic curriculum and a supplementary personal development curriculum:

  • The formal curriculum comprises the core MSc modules, two options from across UCL and a dissertation project. Leading experts will contribute to the course as guest lecturers and you’ll have an academic supervisor who will support your work.
  • The personal development curriculum will help you gain complementary skills and aptitudes through workshops, weekly seminars and mentorship. 


The Global Prosperity MSc offers you the choice of two unique pathways. The ‘Society and Livelihoods’ pathway offers the opportunity to critically deconstruct current solutions to global challenges and explore models for enacting and codesigning positive and inclusive change for livelihoods around the world. The ‘People and Planet’ pathway provides the opportunity to explore the relationship between planetary health and human wellbeing and examine emergent ideas around regenerative ecologies and the reproduction of resilient and adaptive socio-natural systems as the basis for building new natural prosperity models and ecologies of the future.


In Term 1, all students undertake two foundational modules: ‘Pathways to Prosperity 1: Global Legacies’ and ‘Researching and Measuring Global Prosperity’. 

In Term 2, students have the option of choosing one of two pathways: ‘Society and Livelihoods’ Pathway or the ‘People and Planet’ Pathway. 

In Term 3, you will develop a research dissertation of your own choosing on a topic related to Global Prosperity. Dissertations can be both desktop/literature based or involve practical empirical research and may be supervised by an appropriate departmental tutor or an expert from another part of UCL. Dissertations may also be aligned to ongoing IGP research or collaborative partnerships.

Compulsory modules

  • Pathways to Prosperity 1: Global Legacies (15 credits)
  • Researching and Measuring Global Prosperity (15 credits)
  • Pathways to Prosperity 2: Society and Livelihoods (15 credits- Society and Livelihoods pathway)
  • Collective Problem Solving for Inclusive Prosperity (15 credits- Society and Livelihoods pathway)
  • Pathways to Prosperity 3: Regeneration and Ecology (15 credits- People and Planet pathway)
  • Prototyping Planetary Prosperity (15 credits- People and Planet pathway)
  • Dissertation (90 credits)

Optional modules

  • Debt, Finance and Prosperity (15 credits)
  • China & Global Prosperity (15 credits)
  • Urban Futures and Prosperity (15 credits)
  • Transformative Entrepreneurship and Prosperity: Core Concepts (15 credits)
  • Social Theories of Prosperity (15 credits)

And/or other modules across UCL, subject to timetabling, availability and approval by the home and teaching department.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


All students undertake an independent research project leading to a dissertation (12,500 words), which may be fieldwork- or literature-based. You will also be required to prepare a shorter article at publication standard (1,500 words).


Some of the modules will include short, 1-day field trips, to take place locally. You can also undertake fieldwork, both in the UK or elsewhere in the world – after approval by the Programme Leader – as part of your dissertation.


Fees and funding

Information about tuition fees for this programme is available on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

There are a range of loans and funding opportunities available to help prospective students with their studies. 

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.

Careers and employability

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.

More information

Find out more about how to apply on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.