UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Studying at UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

Our degrees give you new perspectives on global prosperity, allowing you to harness your entrepreneurial spirit and seek leadership positions to tackle today's major challenges

The mission of the Institute for Global Prosperity is to rethink what prosperity means for people around the globe. The world urgently needs global change leaders who can think beyond crises and current models and design new routes to prosperity. Through our programmes you will learn to challenge assumptions, re-write questions and create new definitions. You will examine our institutions and consider new, radical approaches towards economic, social and cultural prosperity.
Whether your ambition is for a career in policy-making, social and sustainable entrepreneurship, education, government, the third sector, and business, or in teaching and/or research, our masters programmes equip you with the knowledge and expertise to succeed in your chosen field.  

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Global Prosperity MSc

The Global Prosperity MSc 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. 

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Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship MSc

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.

Introducing the new 'People and Planet' pathway

Take a new approach to regenerating the planet with the brand new 'People and Planet' pathway. Part of the Global Prosperity MSc, the 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. Taught through two unique modules, it will allow you to engage with cutting-edge research that works towards building new forms of engagement with the environment. 

About UCL Institute for Global Prosperity 

IGP is redesigning prosperity for the 21st century, changing the way we conceive and run our economies, and reworking our relationship with the planet. Our vision is to build a prosperous, sustainable, global future, underpinned by the principles of fairness and justice, and allied to a realistic, long-term vision of humanity's place in the world.

The IGP undertakes pioneering research that seeks to dramatically improve the quality of life for this and future generations. Its strength lies in the way it allies intellectual creativity to effective collaboration and policy development. Of particular importance to the IGP’s approach is the way in which it integrates non-academic expertise into its knowledge generation by engaging with governments, policy makers, business, civil society, and local communities.

The Institute is led by Professor Henrietta L. Moore. A leading global thinker on prosperity, Professor Moore challenges traditional economic models of growth arguing that to flourish communities, businesses and governments need to engage with diversity and work within environmental limits. Her work crosses disciplines, from social science to the arts to business innovation and she applies these different perspectives to inform research and policy at all levels.

IGP is part of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, the QS World University Rankings (2022) places The Bartlett, as the #1 for Built Environment studies in the UK and #3 in the World. Contact: igp@ucl.ac.uk

Our Research 

Working in multiple locations around the world, our Prosperity Indexes, Boards and Laboratories turn citizen led measures and research into policy applications. We have major research projects in the UK, Lebanon and Kenya. We engage students with projects including the RELIEF Centre's work on delivering inclusive and prosperous futures for communities impacted by mass displacement, Prosperity Co-Lab Kenya’s focus on natural and social prosperity in Africa and research into past, present and future determinants of prosperity in East London. We also conduct pioneering work on welfare and Universal Basic Services and debt and Financing Prosperity.  

Funding Opportunities 

There are funding and scholarship options available to students who have an offer to study from the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP). 

  • IGP BAME Scholarship: The IGP is offering two partial scholarships to enable UK students from backgrounds under-represented at UCL to pursue their Masters studies at the Institute. The award provides £5000 towards tuition fees for the duration of the programme. Deadline: 31 May 2022. Full details are on our Funding your study webpage.

  • The Bartlett Promise Master's Scholarship: This scholarship aims to enable students from backgrounds underrepresented in The Bartlett to pursue master's studies at The Bartlett. The scholarship covers full tuition fees plus an allowance to cover living and study expenses (£15,364), for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study. Deadline is 31 May 2022. Full details are on The Bartlett website 

  • The Bartlett Promise Sub-Saharan Africa Master’s Scholarship: This scholarship is open to applicants who are nationals of a Bartlett approved list of Sub-Saharan African countries pursuing a Bartlett master’s programme. Includes full overseas tuition fees, an allowance to cover living and study expenses (£15,364) for the normal duration of the programme at UCL, a flight to/from the UK, UK Study Visa costs, English language assessment costs, health test costs, master’s programme application fee costs and the NHS health supplement charge in the UK. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study. Deadline is 18 April 2022. Full details are on The Bartlett website 

  • UCL Masters Bursary: The UCL Master Bursary aims to enable and encourage those from low-income backgrounds to pursue full-time Master's degree studies at UCL. The value of the bursary is £10,000. UK domicile only. Deadline is Thursday 9 June 2022. Please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding webpages for full details. 

Student Testimonials 

The Global Prosperity MSc allowed me to understand global challenges in a critical way, 

to rethink problems based on new alternatives and inclusive research methods and to 

experience, from IGP projects, how solutions can be addressed under real-world 

conditions. The debate and conversation were beyond the classroom, with teaching staff 

always keen to listen and encourage students’ ideas on transformation. 

Silvia Velasco Arellano, Global Prosperity MSc Student (2019-20)

My experience of the MSc Global Prosperity programme was nothing less than 

outstanding. Apart from the multiplicity of seminars and workshops I was exposed to, the 

programme was rigorous, flexible and allowed for a multidisciplinary approach which 

meant I was able to pursue different academic interests. On one hand, I was conducting 

research on fintech and financialization, and on the other, I was learning about how social 

innovation labs could be adapted as impact tools for people and society. The Global 

Prosperity MSc has taught me things that will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Shuaib Jalal-Eddeen. Global Prosperity MSc Student (2019-20)
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme Student

As a graduate of the inaugural MSc Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) programme, I look back on the year with immense pride. As someone who has progressed through each stage of education without a break, the course presented an opportunity to gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the growing social sector. Alongside several internal innovation projects, I also had space to complete three internships that complemented my studies. The year was capped by a final collaborative project with a major London-based charity, which PIE had provided the tools and leverage to make it a success. Overall, an invaluable year-long experience.

Roman Malin-Hiscock, Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Student (2020-21)

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