Institute for Global Health


Short and Taster Courses

IGH offers a variety of modules for health professionals seeking to develop skills and knowledge with short (non-assessed) or taster (for credit/assessment) professional development courses.

Short courses

Short courses are aimed at health professionals seeking non-assessed professional development for which they receive a certificate of attendance, upon completion of the course.  Most of the courses are modules shared with the MSc programmes - see below for the complete course list 2019/20. 

Please see our Twitter page for regular updates: @IGHshortcourses.

In addition IGH offers the following short courses (not part of an MSc):

  • Research Methods: HIV, Sexual Health and Infectious Disease (For more information, visit the UCL Short Courses and CPD web page)
    *Please note that the 2020 Research Methods course has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please visit the see UCL Short Courses and CPD web page for up to date information.*
  • Methodological and Statistical Issues in Clinical HIV Research - This course is not running in 2019-20 academic year
  • Introduction to cost-effectiveness analysis for Infectious Diseases - This course is not running in 2019-20 academic year

Taster courses

The IGH taster programme provides an excellent method of giving health professionals the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills. 

The taster courses are all modules from MSc programmes (see list below). They provide potential future IGH MSc students the opportunity to experience teaching within the department before applying to a full MSc. Unlike short courses, if you are successful in completing the taster course, including passing the course assessment, you will earn UCL credits which can be transferred to a UCL MSc programme within the given time frame (via submitting an Accreditation of Prior Learning application when applying to the UCL MSc programme).

What are the differences between short and taster courses?

Participants who successfully complete a short course at IGH receive a certificate of attendance, but as they are not assessed they do not receive UCL credit.

Participants who successfully complete an IGH taster course and pass the assessment at the first attempt receive a Grade Report and are eligible to receive UCL credit. Taster credits must be applied to a postgraduate programme within 5 academic years of taking the taster course.

There is also a difference in fees between the two types of courses with taster courses being £100 more than short courses. Our application/entry requirements for taster courses are also more rigorous.

Our courses can be taken as either short or taster courses, and both types of study involve attending all of the teaching, practical activities and any group work related to the course.

Short and taster students can use UCL computers and have reference access to library material. E-resources (e.g. journals) can be accessed via UCL computers and e-access computers on library sites.

More information for Taster course students about UCL credits

Course list 

Please note: Availability of modules will be subject to demand.  We will operate a waiting list for oversubscribed modules. Please contact the Short Courses Administrator to check availability of individual modules.

Timetable of Global Health and Development modules 

Modules prefixed GLBH are IGH modules and available as short and taster courses. Modules with a different prefix (on white background in spreadsheet) are delivered by different institutes and may or may not be available as short and taster courses. Please contact the relevant departmental contact about these courses.

Our core modules are taught in the autumn term over 5 weeks, 1.5-2 days per week. Please see our timetable for details of course dates. Spaces on our core courses are subject to availability.

Our other courses are taught in the spring and autumn terms and generally follow an intensive delivery over the first two weeks with teaching three days per week followed by one week assessment preparation. An exception to this timetable is Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health, which is taught on Wednesday mornings for 10 weeks.

Applicants are advised to confirm course details before finalising leave and travel dates.  

How to apply

Please download the application form and guidance notes below. Please ensure you read all of the guidance before completing your application.

Places on our optional courses (spring and summer term modules) are made available to our MSc registered students in the first instance and then allocated to visiting applicants on a first come first served basis from mid October.

Applicants should apply at least one month before the course commencement date.  International overseas (non EU) applicants requiring a student visitor visa should apply two months before the course commencement date to allow sufficient time to arrange and receive their UK visa.

Application requirements

Short Course (your formal status in UCL will be: Attending Student)Taster Course (your formal status in UCL will be: Associate Student)
  • UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant/allied subject awarded with a 1st or 2nd class Honours or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 
  • OR Professional work experience in a relevant area.
  • AND English Language Proficiency - please see below.
  • Application deadline: At least 3 weeks before the start of the course for EU applicants. At least 6 weeks before start of course for non EU applicants
  • UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant/allied subject awarded with a 1st or 2:1 class Honours or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 
  • 2 years relevant work experience is desirable but not necessary. 
  • Candidates who do not meet the criteria may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Candidates with a 2:2 first degree should have at least two years relevant work experience.
  • Two academic or professional reference letters. 
  • English Language Proficiency - please see below.
  • Application deadline: At least 4 weeks before the start of the course for Home/EU applicants. At least 8 weeks before start of course for non Home/EU applicants i.e. international overseas applicants.

IGH requires evidence of a Good level of English proficiency with 6.5 in each subtest. Please see the main UCL English Language requirements page for details of acceptable evidence.


Short courseTaster course
  • Home/EU £850 2018/19 academic year
  • Overseas £1200 2018/19 academic year
  • Overseas low-middle income countries: £750 2018-19 academic year 
  • Home/EU £950 2018/19 academic year
  • Overseas: £1300 2018-19 academic year.
  • Overseas low-middle income countries: £850 2018-19 academic year.

Fee Discounts

IGH is pleased to offer the following discounts for IGH / UCL staff and alumni:

Short courseTaster course
  • IGH staff: free 
  • Other UCL staff: £400
  • IGH/UCL alumni £650
  • IGH staff: £100 
  • Other UCL staff: £500
  • IGH / UCL alumni: £750

Certification and UCL credits

Short courseTaster course
  • Not assessed
  • Receive a certificate of attendance 
  • Assessed 
  • Receive grade report on successfully completing and passing the course assessment(s). 
  • Taster credits can be applied to a UCL postgraduate programme within 5 years of taking the taster course(s).