Education, Health Promotion and International Development MA

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£10,800
£5,400
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£24,000
£12,000
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement for entry to this programme is a second class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. As the academic content on our MA programmes is demanding, we are particularly looking for applicants from relevant academic backgrounds – normally in social science, education or nursing, but a range of undergraduate programmes are accepted (including arts and humanities) - and/or who can demonstrate substantial relevant experience. For entry onto the MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development, we are particularly looking for applicants who can demonstrate a sufficient combination of experience in, and understanding of, health and health education/promotion, participatory practice and participatory research, in one or more low-/middle- income countries. Applicants are normally expected to have a minimum of one month’s experience working (paid or voluntary) in a low-/middle-income country.

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.

Visa information for non-UK students

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree


The MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development programme offers you the opportunity to extend and deepen your understanding of concepts, theories and issues related to international development, education and sustainable ways of promoting health, wellbeing and social justice.

This master’s degree will enable you to:

  • identify key concepts and issues in education, health promotion and international development
  • develop the knowledge and skills to write project proposals and plans to implement and evaluate health promotion initiatives
  • reflect on research, analysis, policy and practice in relation to education and health promotion in low- and middle-income countries
  • critically review arguments, advance analysis and undertake research on education, international development and the promotion of health and wellbeing.

As well as completing a range of taught modules, you will conduct an original small scale research study (written up as a dissertation), through which you develop skills in research, analysis and critical thinking, as well as an in-depth understanding of a key education and international development issue.

You will benefit from being taught by researchers working in education and international development. You will also meet and study alongside a diverse student group: our alumni are from more than 80 countries. In previous years, students have organised career development events and benefited from volunteering opportunities via the Students' Union UCL Volunteering Service.

Who this course is for

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

What this course will give you

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.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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).

Teaching and learning

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, participatory and interactive groupwork, online learning and individual tutorials

Assessment of learning is by way of coursework and a Dissertation.

Assessment for a module is based on completion of a module assignment (usually a piece of writing up to 5,000 words). This might take the form of a standard essay; a comparative analysis of an educational issue; a proposal. We offer different types of coursework to support the programme aims.

The dissertation provides an opportunity to produce a piece of sustained writing (19,000 words), based on a piece of small-scale research, on a topic of direct interest.

The exact details of how each module is assessed can be found in the relevant module handbook.

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. 

Modules

Full-time

The programme is designed to give you the coherence of an MA degree in the relevant field. The programme consists of two compulsory modules, a compulsory dissertation and  two optional modules

You can study the programme face-to-face or mixed mode (which is a combination of face to face and at a distance) or wholly at a distance

As a student on the MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development programme, you have the option to study either full time (completing the programme within one calendar year), part time (completing the programme within two calendar years) or on a modular/flexible basis (completing the programme over two to five calendar years).

Part-time

As a student on the MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development programme, you have the option to study either full time (completing the programme within one calendar year), part time (completing the programme within two calendar years) or on a modular/flexible basis (completing the programme over two to five calendar years).

For part-time or modular flexible study it is recommended that you begin your studies with the two compulsory taught modules.

Flexible

As a student on the MA Education, Health Promotion and International Development programme, you have the option to study either full time (completing the programme within one calendar year), part time (completing the programme within two calendar years) or on a modular/flexible basis (completing the programme over two to five calendar years).

For part-time or modular flexible study it is recommended that you begin your studies with the two compulsory taught modules.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development.

Fieldwork

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.

Placement

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.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £10,800 £5,400
Tuition fees (2022/23) £24,000 £12,000

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their dissertation.

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

Funding your studies

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

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2021/22
Value: Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: Overseas

GREAT Scholarship

Deadline: 31 May 2022
Value: £10,000 towards tuition fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

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.

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 Application fees.

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

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021