UCL Graduate degrees


Global Prosperity MPhil/PhD

When you join the Global Prosperity MPhil/PhD, 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 2021

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

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£22,670 (FT)
£11,510 (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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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 (IGP) 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:

  • The RELIEF Centre
  • Rise Up: The case for, and benefits of, providing homes for key urban workers on London's rooftops
  • London Prosperity Board
  • Food Security, Water and Local Knowledge in Marakwet, Kenya
  • Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies (ETHICOBOTS)
  • Gender and Adolescence
  • TRANS-MAKING: art / culture / economy to democratise society

For further information, see our Research page.

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
  • Financing Prosperity Network: a network that aims to promote alternatives to current debt economies
  • The Social Science of Zoonotic Disease: a knowledge network that aims to comprehensively tackle the social, political, cultural and economic implications of zoonotic disease.

See our website for further details.

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

About this degree

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.

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.

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. 

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Research

Deadline: 23 July 2021
Full fees, plus £17,631 maintenance and £1,200 for research costs/yr (Up to 4 years)
Based on 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.


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 the Institute for Global Prosperity 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 Institute for Global Prosperity 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 Institute for Global Prosperity 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, 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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

Prospective MPhil/PhD applicants are encouraged to send an informal research enquiry before applying. This should be sent directly to the academic you would like to supervise you. Please refer to the staff list on the department website and see UCL’s Institutional Research Information Service (IRIS) for staff profiles. Please attach to your e-mail a referenced research proposal of around 1,000 to 2,000 words and your curriculum vitae (CV).

Further details on how to apply to an MPhil/PhD can be found on the UCL Graduate Admissions website.

For more information see our Applications page.

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