The MA offers students the opportunity to extend and deepen their understanding of concepts, theories and issues related to international development, education and sustainable ways of promoting health, wellbeing and social justice.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required, normally in social science, education or nursing - but a range of undergraduate programmes are excepted (including arts and humanities if the applicant can demonstrate an interest in and understanding of health promotion in their personal statement). In addition some appropriate experience in a low or middle-income country (a minimum of one month) is normally a condition of entry.
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
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
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.
This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
- build on their existing knowledge to develop new understandings of key concepts and issues in education, health promotion and international development
- appraise and evaluate current policy and practice through evidence-informed analysis
- draw connections between distinct academic disciplines with regard to the promotion of wellbeing and social justice
- investigate and propose sustainable ways of working and
- through conducting a small-scale research study, apply what they have learned to create personally and professionally relevant new knowledge of the field.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). The programme can be taken on campus, online (distance), or a combination of both (mixed mode). Please select the relevant mode of study at point of application. Distance and mixed mode options are not available to students applying for a Tier 4 visa.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development.
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.
- Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
- Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation
A range of optional modules are available, including those listed below.
We also encourage students to select modules from across the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), subject to availability, including those related to education technology, effective learning, social policy, art education. Please discuss your module choices with your personal tutor so that you can build a modular programme relevant to your professional development.
- Education, Conflict and Peace
- Education and Development in Asia
- Education and Muslim Communities
- Planning for Education and Development
- Gender, Education and Development
- Gender, Sexuality and Education
- Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All
- Children's Rights in Global Perspectives
- Critical Theoretical Debates about Global Childhoods and Society
- African Studies and Education
- Migration, Education and Development
- Education during Emergency Situations
- Reimagining ‘Disaster Education’: Perspectives and Methodologies
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 19,000 words
Fieldwork is not a compulsory part of the programme. However, students are encouraged to draw from their professional or voluntary experience as well as the ideas encountered during the programme to write critically and cogently for different audiences. The small-scale research study usually takes the form of a combination of desk-based research (a literature review) and fieldwork.
Placements are not routinely part of the programme. But good links have been established between the programme and UCL Volunteering Services. Some students have also taken part in the UCL ChangeMakers programme. Taking part in these programmes can provide those studying in London with valuable international development-related experience. That said, both on-campus and distance learning students are encouraged to bring their own interests and concerns into their programme, helping to make it personally relevant and professionally significant.
Teaching and learning
The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, participatory and interactive groupwork, online learning and individual tutorials. Assessment is through coursework, taking the form of 5,000 word assignments or equivalent, such as a 3,500-word project proposal + 1,500 word conceptual framework. The small-scale research study is assessed by way of a 19,000 word dissertation
For each 30 credit module you are expected to contribute 300 learning hours (a little over 37 days at 8 hours per day). Direct teaching accounts for 30 hours, assignment tutorial(s) 1 hour, and the remaining hours consist of your own self-directed study such as, preparation for classes and online learning activities, reading (individual and with other students), searching for new literature related to your area of interest, assignment preparation and completion.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Applicants should read the UCL scholarships and funding page (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/) to see if they are eligible for funding
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2021/22
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
- 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.
Graduates of this Master's degree have been engaged:
- as policy-makers and advisers in government ministries and departments
- as policy advocates and programme managers in international NGOs and development agencies
- as social research consultants
- as teachers and lecturers in schools, colleges and universities
- as international development consultants
- in doctoral study (either on PhD or EdD programmes).
Graduates of this Master's degree have used the academic and professional expertise gained through the programme to:
- set up and manage an NGO or consultancy
- prepare successful project and research proposals
- develop new reporting procedures adopted throughout their organisation
- gain employment as consultants
- take on new roles and responsibilities within an organisation
- transfer their expertise into international development
- engage policymakers, practitioners and members of the public through research-informed practice.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This unique Master's programme provides students with opportunities to explore and examine the links between three academic and professional fields - education, health promotion and international development. It encourages a consideration of the ways that these fields are both distinctive, yet inter-related, and how evidence-informed practice might best contribute to working across professional boundaries, enhancing wellbeing and advocating for social justice.
Students learn alongside tutors who hold a breadth and depth of expertise in education, health promotion, social research and international development and who have professional experience in national and international contexts. Tutors are active in research on areas related to physical and emotional health and wellbeing, international development, refugees, young people, gender and sexuality, teaching and pedagogy and curriculum development.
The UCL Institute of Education is home to the Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), which comprises a team of internationally recognised experts in international development and education and which has nurtured world leaders in educational practice and research for over 85 years.
The centre has extensive experience and expertise in education-related research and practice in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Themes addressed include equality and human rights, gender, migration, race, health and wellbeing, sexuality, disability, social class, conflict and peacebuilding.
Linking research, policy and practice, the result is an extraordinarily powerful learning community.
Department: Education, Practice & Society
What our students and staff say
"Studying this programme at UCL I felt motivated to better myself academically and to also feel free to be open-minded and creative in my studies. I am inspired by the attention paid to health promotion in more economically developed countries. Unfortunately, it is difficult to attain a paid job in this field in Trinidad and Tobago where I am from, so the best practice approaches taken by other countries inspire me to work toward the development of evidence-based health promotion in my home country. It was an amazing experience living in London. It benefitted my studies, in that I was granted the opportunity to learn about the experiences of so many people. This provided me with a multi-dimensional view of the world, which broadened my thoughts and enabled me to think more critically. Q&A with Ave Le Blanc"
Ave Le BlancEducation, Health Promotion and International Development MA (2017)
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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.
This programme only requires one reference in support of your application. Your reference should be academic unless you have been out of university education for more than four years. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme welcomes professionals and practitioners from a range of backgrounds in health, education, health promotion, arts and humanities, anthropology, psychology, sociology (and social sciences in general), nursing, medicine (and allied health professions), as well as in social development in low- or middle-income countries. The programme encourages applications from those with substantial experience in low- and middle-income countries, as well as those with minimal experience in these country settings but who would like to extend and deepen their understanding of research, policy and practice in these contexts
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
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 Education, Health Promotion and International Development at graduate level
- why you want to study Education, Health Promotion and International Development at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- 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.
In your personal statement, you must summarise any experience (paid or voluntary) of education/health-related work in low- or middle-income (developing) countries. Applicants should usually have at least one month's experience of such work for their application to be considered
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