UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship MSc

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

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The MSc Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship will prepare you to become one of a new generation of global leaders and entrepreneurs. At the core of the programme is the concept of transformative entrepreneurship, which involves the development and implementation of innovations to address the causes and consequences of environmental degradation, economic inequality and social injustice.

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    Programme overview

    The degree is an opportunity to explore the topic of transformative entrepreneurship through theory, research methods, design thinking, an applied project and dissertation. It embraces a critical and progressive view of transformative entrepreneurship, drawing on emergent theories of entrepreneurship, such as community-based enterprise and effectuation, as well as feminist perspectives and social impact. The connected innovation module will also give you an opportunity to work with IGP partners on a transformative entrepreneurship and innovation project.


    Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

    The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two optional/elective modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

    Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

    Compulsory modules

    • Transformative Entrepreneurship and Prosperity: Core Concepts (15 credits)
    • Transformative Entrepreneurship and Prosperity: Design (15 credits)
    • Researching Transformative Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
    • Connected Innovation Project (15 credits)
    • Dissertation in Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (90 credits)

    Optional modules

    • Debt, Finance and Prosperity (15 credits)
    • Pathways to Prosperity 1: Global Legacies (15 credits)
    • Pathways to Prosperity 2: Society and Livelihoods (15 credits)
    • Collective Problem Solving for Inclusive Prosperity (15 credits)
    • China & Global Prosperity (15 credits)
    • Urban Futures and Prosperity (15 credits)
    • Social Theories of Prosperity (15 credits)
    • Pathways to Prosperity 3: Regeneration and Ecology (15 credits)
    • Prototyping Planetary 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 (15,000 words). The dissertation is flexible to different research approaches and methods. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate command of the relevant literature, research design and methods, as well as capacity for analysis and contribution to research.


    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.


    The Connected Innovation Project module allows you to work on a project in collaboration with a partner of the Institute for Global Prosperity or another external organization. These are not conceptualized as a formal internship.

    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 you for different career avenues including working in entrepreneurial start-ups or corporations in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship or sustainability, or on entrepreneurship interventions in the non-profit, public and social policy sectors.

    After graduation, you will be expected to go on to define new routes to prosperity through working in entrepreneurship and innovation policy and practice. 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.