Masters in Global Health and Development
In rich and poor countries alike, the gross inequalities in people’s health are not simply a product of their individual choices. They are determined by people’s place in society and the environment in which they find themselves.
Today’s global health challenges require a coordinated response from different sectors and academic disciplines. They demand a new approach to research and teaching, which explores health within its broader development context.
Our MSc in Global Health & Development addresses issues that are both important for today’s developing countries and common to the whole world. Climate change, economic crisis and poor governance, for example, have profound health effects. Policymakers, health professionals and others concerned with global health need the intellectual tools to understand them.
Our MSc in Global Health & Development will challenge you to understand the complex forces that shape health worldwide, from the household to the global level.
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The UCL Institute for Global Health is an initiative to garner the power of UCL to address the most pressing issues of global health today.
This MSc takes a unique cross-disciplinary approach to global health and attracts students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. Students can craft a programme of study that suits their interests and which will help them become better global health practitioners wherever they work in the world.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL offers a multidisciplinary approach to studying global health. Students work alongside teachers, researchers and other students from a diverse range of disciplines and are taught by experts from several of UCL's faculties. These may include health policy specialists, economists, philosophers, lawyers, political scientists, geographers, clinicians, nutritionists, anthropologists, and epidemiologists.
We place particular emphasis on research-based teaching, and our academics use their current research as case studies.
The programme is taught with an emphasis on collaborative and co-operative learning to ensure that students enter the workforce capable of joining projects and programmes where working in teams is important. Assessment is through written assignments, unseen written examinations, projects, oral presentations, group work, and the written dissertation.
Department: Institute for Global Health
Student / staff ratios › 24 staff including 22 postdocs › 96 taught students › 9 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute for Global Health
81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
London's global university
UCL is located at the heart of London, and students have access to a wide range of global health seminars and conferences, as well as the city's extraordinary wealth of intellectual and cultural activities.
The programme equips students with the knowledge and transferable skills they will need in their future careers in global health. Career routes include research, programme management, policy advice and advocacy, at national and international levels, and in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Consultant, United Nations (UN)
- Health Care Change Manager, Bupa
- Project Manager, Medecins Sans Frontieres
- Quality Improvement Officer, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN)
- Research Co-ordinator, IHI (Ifakara Health Institute)
This wide-ranging programme strives to create students who will be able to look at health problems from different angles and think analytically and critically – all key transferable skills in the job market. The diversity of approaches to global health taken by the programme helps expand students' employment horizons and options.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
What our students and staff say
"I am a researcher as well as a teacher and I am excited by the innovative role UCL is taking in placing our ground-breaking research at the heart of our teaching. As a senior clinical lecturer I split my time between working as a consultant in the NHS, teaching postgraduates, and conducting research in the sexual health and HIV field. I love teaching and my work, cross-disciplinary in nature, sits at the intersection between biology, politics, law, economics and health systems. "
Dr Maryam ShahmaneshGlobal Health and Development MSc, Infection and Immunity MSc
UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
"UCL Institute for Global Health is a unique multi-disciplinary environment. My research aims to improve women and children's health and nutrition in India. I collaborate with the Indian NGO Ekjut, and together we have examined the effects of participatory women's groups to improve maternal and newborn health in rural and tribal areas of eastern India. The intervention is now recommended by the World Health Organisation as an effective strategy to reduce neonatal mortality in rural settings where access to health services is low."
Audrey ProstGlobal Health and Development MSc
UCL Institute for Global Health
"UCL has a world-renowned reputation for research and facilities. This both excited me and gave me the confidence that the support and facilities would be available to me to ensure that I succeed and reach my potential."
Jane FermaGlobal Health and Development MSc
The programme challenges students to understand the complex forces that shape health worldwide, by developing their understanding of the principles underlying research, policy and practice in global health, fostering critical thinking, and building transferable skills.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A postgraduate diploma (120 credits, nine months full-time two to five years flexible study) is offered. Students take four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits). A postgraduate certificate (60 credits, three months full-time, two years' flexible study) is offered. Students take four core modules (60 credits)
All MSc students undertake an individual research project on a topic relevant to future work in global health and development which culminates in a dissertation of 7,000 words. Read more about past dissertations
Find here the modules timetable for the academic year 2017/2018 (Updated 17/07/2017)
- Concepts and controversies in global health
- Research methods and evidence for global health
- Power and Politics in global health
- Health systems in a global context
- Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health
- Child Development: Inclusive Approaches in Global Contexts
- Climate change and health
- Collecting and using data: Essentials of Quantitative survey research
- Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
- Clinical aspects of HIV Disease
- Disability and Development
- Essentials for International Child Health
- Ethnicity, Migration and health
- Evaluating Interventions
- Global Health Promotion
- Health management: Planning and Programme design
- Health Inequalities over the Life Course
- Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Global Health Policy
- Key principles of Health Economics
- Law and Governance of Global Health
- Nutrition and Public Health
- Perinatal epidemiology and Maternal Health
- Research in action: Qualitative approach
- Sexual health: designing sexual and reproductive health programmes in low- and middle-income countries
- Social determinants of global health
- Urban Health
Teaching methods and assessment
The programme is taught with an emphasis on collaborative and cooperative learning to ensure that students enter the workforce capable of joining projects and programmes with a supportive network of peers. Assessment is through written assignments, unseen written examinations, projects, oral presentations, group work, and the written dissertation.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Professional experience in the fields of health and development is desirable. An applicant whose qualifications vary from UCL standards may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and work experience in an appropriate field can be shown.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Students have access to UCL's full portfolio of scholarships and bursaries. In addition, IGH also offers African Graduate Scholarships, bursaries for home/EU students, and grants for MSc dissertation fieldwork.
Applicants from the United States of America may apply for the UCLFAA scholarship
Applicants from developing Commonwealth countries may apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
Graduates of this programme include students from more than 70 countries and from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds including development practitioners, medical doctors, nurses, researchers and non-governmental organisation workers. This increases opportunities to learn from other students' skills and experiences.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Global Health and Development at graduate level
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- why you want to study Global Health and Development at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.