Institute for Global Health


Masters in Global Health and Development: tropEd 

tropEd is an international network of member institutions for higher education in international/global health from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America.  It focuses on improving the management of health services for disadvantaged populations. The innovative approach is based on mobility of people, the exchange of experiences in different disciplines and the establishment of a common standard in education and training.

The UCL tropEd MSc shares the structure of the UCL MSc Global Health and Development programme, with both degrees consisting of  core and optional modules and a dissertation. The tropEd degree differs from the Global Health and Development pathway in that optional modules taken by tropEd students may be selected from those offered by tropEd network affiliated institutions around the world.

For more information about available optional modules and tropEd Network institutions, please visit the tropEd website

For full details about the MSc Global Health and Development please see the relevant course page

Global Health and Development: tropEd is a route through the Global Health and Development MSc, which combines UCL modules with modules taken at tropEd network institutions in the UK, Europe and around the world. This route maximises professional and educational networking opportunities and international experiences that enhance employability.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: 2-5 years
Location: London, Bloomsbury


The programme equips students with 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.


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 this programme helps expand students' employment horizons and options.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Education at the UCL Institute for Global Health is cross-disciplinary, with teaching led by experts drawn from health policy, economics, philosophy, political science, anthropology, epidemiology and medicine.

The tropEd MSc consists of core and optional modules and a dissertation. The tropEd degree allows for optional modules to be selected from tropEd network affiliated institutions around the world that the Global Health and Development MSc does not.

The tropEd degree provides networking opportunities and international experiences which enhance tropEd graduate employability. Mobility across leading international institutions prepares students for effective work in multicultural and multidisciplinary environments. Students also experience diverse learning styles and perspectives on global health problems.

Department: Institute for Global Health

Student / staff ratios › 46 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.

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Our students 

" "My experience as a TropEd student was colourful and challenging and made me the envy of my friends. The highlight was getting a thorough understanding of public health across various education systems across different countries. I chose the Trop Ed course because it gave me a broad range of knowledge on infectious disease from not only the Institute for Global Health but also partner tropEd Instititutions in Germany and Norway. This route also appealed to my love for travel around Europe, allowing me to work and play at once! In fact, I so enjoyed touring European countries that I am now in France, studying French and I have plans to apply for a PhD within Global Health in the near future. Xu Wang

By the end of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Develop students’ understanding of the principles underlying policy and planning in the fields of health and development
  • Develop students’ ability to critically evaluate – from a cross-disciplinary perspective – theory, research, policy and practice in health and development
  • Develop essential professional and academic skills and approaches (including research and management skills) to enable participants to contribute to research, practice and policy developments

Students must take all core modules and complete the dissertation/research project with UCL.

All modules are 15 credits and students must take a minimum of 15 credits of optional modules outside UCL.  


Core modules

Optional modules

These may be selected from a mix of UCL and tropEd Network institution modules,two of which should be taken outside of UCL. To see tropEd Network institutions and their available modules, please visit the tropEd website

For details of the MSc Global Health and Development optional modules please see the website.

Students are offered advice regarding which modules to take, and are supported throughout the mobility aspect of the degree.  We provide  assistance with mobility arrangements where we can, however, please note that making and finalising these arrangements (e.g. applying for modules, visas, accommodation, flights) are the student’s responsibility.  

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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.

International students

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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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£10,140 (FT) £5,060 (PT)
£18,850 (FT) £9,290 (PT)

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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Full time MSc Global Health and Development: tropEd students pay the full UCL tuition fee.  All tropEd students pay external tuition fees for advanced modules studied outside UCL direct to the external institution/s.  Upon completing the external module/s, full time UCL tropEd students may claim back the amount paid to UCL for those credits gained externally.

Modular/flexible tropEd students pay the UCL tuition fee per module/credits studied at UCL. 

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) here. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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?

Participants come from a variety of academic, professional and cultural backgrounds including development, medicine, applied health, social-science and non-governmental organisations. This diverse experience increases the capacity for students to learn from each other's skills, experiences and perspectives.

Application deadlines
All applicants
11 July 2018

Due to competition for places candidates are advised to apply as early as possible. Please note that funding deadlines are often well in advance of programme application deadlines.

The tropEd degree differs from the standard UCL Global Health and Development MSc in that it encourages student mobility. TropEd students are required to complete the equivalent of one UCL 15-credit module at another tropEd institution.

In addition to the tropEd UCL qualification, students may elect to receive tropEd recognition. To obtain tropEd recognition students must demonstrate a minimum of two years' relevant field experience, including at least one year in low or middle-income countries, acquired before completing the MSc. Students must also complete at least 30 credits (10 ECTS) in advanced tropEd modules outside the UK.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Global Health and Development tropEd at graduate level
  • why you want to study Global Health and Development tropEd at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the tropEd programme and where you would propose to take optional modules
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.

Please note that because the entry requirements for tropEd are the same as for the MSc Global Health and Development, applicants who successfully apply to the MSc Global Health and Development: tropEd programme can later transfer to the main programme if they change their mind (and vice versa).  Candidates who are interested in both programmes, or are undecided, should submit one application to either programme to be considered for MSc study in the Institute for Global Health. For candidates making direct application to the tropEd pathway, please address in your personal statement how the mobility aspect of the degree will help you to meet your educational and career objectives. 

The length of the application procedure can vary depending on the time of year you submit your application. Once you have applied, if you wish to enquire about the progress of your application please contact the UCL admissions office directly.