UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Prosperity, People and Planet MSc

Join a diverse community with a shared vision for sustainable and inclusive prosperity – an ecological economics that recognises that the economy is embedded in society and the rest of nature

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The MSc in Prosperity, People and Planet equips the next generation of change-makers with the knowledge and skills to create sustainable prosperity for humanity and the rest of nature.

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    Programme overview

    At the core of the degree is the idea of natural prosperity - based on the premise that a well-functioning, healthy natural world lies at the heart of global and local prosperity, inclusive economies and societies. Natural prosperity offers a new, integrative means of studying well-being economies and healthy social foundations while respecting planetary ecological boundaries. This approach is based on integrative systems thinking and modelling the world around us. Accordingly, the degree takes an explicitly transdisciplinary approach, embedding students within the Institute for Global Prosperity’s (IGP) and UCL’s network of government, business, academic, civil society, and community partners. And, through multiple methods, such as ‘ateliers’ or solutions-focused workshops, students will co-produce research, policy, and enterprise for real-world impact. By undertaking this degree, students will learn how to enact transformational, systems-level change through collaborative, multi-stakeholder, and multi-scalar partnerships. Allowing students from different countries and diverse backgrounds to prototype and build a better future for both people and planet. 

    Prosperity, People and Planet introduces students to:

    •  A range of conceptual discussions about complex systems change
    • Different perspectives for understanding the interaction of economic, social, political, and ecological processes
    • Cutting edge methods for measuring and modelling multiple, interconnected planetary emergencies
    • Pathways for co-leading next generation institutional reforms with new kinds of impactful knowledge and policy creation. 


    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 an MSc in Prosperity, People and Planet.

    Compulsory modules

    • Prosperity, People and Planet: Conceptual Frameworks (15 Credits) 
    • Prosperous and Inclusive Planetary Futures (15 Credits) 
    • Research Methods for Natural and Planetary Prosperity (15 Credits) 
    • Atelier: Prototyping Natural Prosperity (15 Credits) 
    • Dissertation in People, Planet and Prosperity (90 Credits) 

    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.

    Fees and funding

    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

    By educating a new generation of transdisciplinary change leaders, the IGP aims to build the informed and responsible global citizens envisaged in the SDGs and contribute to the speeding up of appropriate responses to the climatic and ecological crises of the moment. 

    After graduation, students are expected to go on to leadership roles in the public and private sector, working in government and civil service, in sustainability and business, and in the NGO and third sector. This could include a broad range of roles such as ecological consultants, policy officers and social research officers. We also envisage graduates going on to careers in research and PhD study. 

    More information

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

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