UCL Graduate degrees


Global Prosperity MPhil/PhD

When you join the MPhil/PhD in Global Prosperity, you become a member of an exceptional group of students from across a range of fields, from business, technology and entrepreneurship, to policy, law and environment, all of whom carry out interdisciplinary research that transcends current economic and social models.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week. Part-time students normally attend half this amount. Research students are required to be in continuous attendance, apart from periods of leave.

Application dates

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £5,210 (FT) £2,605 (PT)
Overseas: £20,570 (FT) £10,440 (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 Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject, is essential. Exceptionally: where applicants have other suitable research or professional experience, they may be admitted without a Master's degree; or where applicants have a lower second-class UK Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) (or equivalent) they must possess a relevant Master's degree to be admitted. We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master's degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Relevant work experience is highly desirable.

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: Standard

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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The world urgently needs research that examines and addresses the root causes of today’s toughest global challenges, including (but not limited to) those that relate to inequality, social exclusion, dislocation and ecological unsustainability. The MPhil/PhD in Global Prosperity empowers students to carry out ambitious interdisciplinary research that can advance global prosperity from innovative angles.

Research areas

The UCL Institute for Global Prosperity currently carries out research in and across a number of areas that directly relate to achieving sustainable global prosperity in the 21st century. Our key current research themes include the following:

  • Food Security, Water and Local Knowledge in Marakwet, Kenya
  • Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies (ETHICOBOTS)
  • Refuge in a Moving World
  • NETCREATE: Organisational research into entrepreneurship, creativity and co-working in London
  • Gender and Adolescence: global evidence
  • Sharing economies in the Creative Wick
  • The Politics of Arranged Marriage: contextualising power, law and culture
  • From a Garden City to a Dead City? Tracing the interconnections between healthy built environment, governance and urban nexus in Bengaluru
  • TRANS-MAKING: art / culture / economy to democratise society

For further information, see our Themes and Projects pages.

Knowledge Networks

The Institute for Global Prosperity also oversees Knowledge Networks, collaborative research and outreach networks with academics and practitioners that focus on themes related to prosperity. These include:

  • Fast Forward 2030 - a network of forward-thinking entrepreneurs developing ideas and approaches to business that will help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Social Prosperity Network - a collaborative working group of people aiming to push forward and legitimise the idea of Universal Basic Services
  • Urban Lives - launched to ensure that the mass urbanisation from now to 2050 and beyond is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

See our website for further details.

More information can be found on the department website: Global Prosperity MPhil/PhD

Degree structure

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) consists of a piece of supervised research, normally undertaken over a period of three years full-time. Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline.

Initially, you will be registered for the MPhil degree. If you wish to proceed to a PhD, you will be required to pass an 'Upgrade' assessment. The purpose of the upgrade is to assess your progress and ability to complete your PhD programme to a good standard and in a reasonable time frame. It is expected that a full-time student will attempt upgrade within 18 months of registration.

Additional costs

As a research student, your additional costs may include expenses such as books, conference attendance and field research, in the UK or overseas. The Built Environment Faculty Office provides financial support to students through the Bartlett Student Conference Fund, Bartlett Doctoral Initiative Fund, Bartlett External Training Fund and Bartlett Extenuating Circumstances Fund. However, please note that these funds are limited and available through competition. 


UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Any additional funding available from the Institute for Global Prosperity and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Our MPhil/PhD students are in an excellent position to develop innovative research careers within academia, take on important roles in key industries or sectors (e.g. policy, technology, law, environment) or launch their own entrepreneurial and/or civil society initiatives. Students will receive ongoing support from the IGP community of peers well beyond the point of graduation, further energising their career-building efforts.


MPhil/PhD students at IGP tend to be highly employable due to the unique mix of abilities they cultivate during their studies, from in-depth research skills to communication and leadership abilities. At the same time, a considerable portion of our students seek independent career options rather than employment in a conventional sense.


The IGP continuously organises valuable networking opportunities with diverse peers as well as leaders from academia, government, industry and civil society. There is a strong focus on creating settings that allow for direct face-to-face communications and high-value networking. The IGP boasts a rich network of collaborators from all areas of society and students are invited to draw on this network in the course of their research as well as in career-related activities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

At the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP), you will be a full member of a research community of shared values. You will have the opportunity to develop your original interdisciplinary work while linking it to our exciting research areas.

We will encourage you to collaborate with peers, colleagues from other disciplines and with various citizen participants and stakeholder organisations. We will also invite you to leverage our extensive network of internal and external partners.

In REF 2014 46% of The Bartlett’s research was rated 4* i.e. “world-leading”, with a further 35% recognised as 3* i.e. “internationally excellent”.* The Bartlett submitted the largest quantity of 4* world-leading research outputs (156 items) of any university submitting to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel. On “Research Environment”, which grades the “vitality” and “sustainability” of the research environment, the Bartlett received the highest score for submission to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel.

Department: Institute for Global Prosperity

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.

Application deadlines

You should prepare your application well before the date you intend to start. It is strongly advised that you identify and a contact a potential supervisor before making your application. For more information see our How to Apply page. Those applying for scholarships should take note of their application deadlines.

Please see additional instructions on how to design your proposal here on the Institute for Global Prosperity website.

For more information see our Applications page.

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