UCL Graduate degrees


Global Health and Development: tropEd programme MSc

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 2019

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: 2-5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 15 October 2018
Close: 15 May 2019

Tuition fees (2019/20)

UK/EU: £10,440 (FT) £5,210 (PT)
Overseas: £19,420 (FT) £9,570 (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. 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

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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About this degree

The programme challenges students to understand the complex forces that shape health worldwide, by developing their understanding of the principles underlying research, policy and practice in global health, and their ability to critically evaluate the issues that are important for today's developing countries and common to the whole world.

MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four compulsory UCL modules (60 credits), optional modules taken at UCL and partner trop-Ed institutions (60 credits), and the research dissertation completed at UCL (60 credits). All UCL taught modules are 15 credits. To gain the tropEd MSc you should take at least 15 credits of optional modules outside UCL in a partner tropEd institution.

UCL compulsory modules

  • Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
  • Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health
  • Power and Politics in Global Health
  • Health Systems in a Global Context

Optional modules

The Institute for Global Health (IGH) reserves the right not to run modules with less than 10 students registered. It may not be possible to take your chosen optional modules because of timetabling and capacity constraints. If in doubt, consult the programme administrator.

  • Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Collecting and Using Data: Essentials of Quantitative Survey Research
  • Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
  • Disability and Development
  • Economic Evaluation in Health Care
  • Essentials of Global Child Health
  • Evaluating Interventions
  • Gender and Global Health
  • Global Health Promotion
  • Health Management: Planning and Programme Design
  • Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Global Health Policy
  • Key Principles of Health Economics
  • Nutrition and Public Health
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Maternal Health
  • Research in Action: The Qualitative Approach
  • Urban Health


All MSc students undertake an individual research project on a topic relevant to future work in global health and development which includes a presentation and culminates in a dissertation of 7,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is taught with an emphasis on collaborative and co-operative learning. This is to ensure that students enter the workforce capable of joining projects and programmes with a supportive network of peers. Assessment is through written assignments, unseen written examinations, projects, oral presentations, group work and the written dissertation.

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.


Home/EU applicants may apply for IGH Postgraduate Bursaries. Applicants who are residents and nationals of an African nation may apply for an African Graduate Scholarship. Please see IGH Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

African Graduate Scholarship

Deadline is 29 April 2019
Variable (1 year)

IGH Postgraduate Bursaries

Deadline is 1 July 2019
UK/EU Fee rate (1 year)
Based on academic merit

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Now closed for 2019/20
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (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.


Alumni from this MSc have pursued careers in government, NGO and for profit sectors. They have taken on roles at national and international levels as programme managers, policy advisers and advocacy leaders, researchers, advisors for Ministries of Health, consultants, programme officers etc. 


The programme is designed to teach how to apply different disciplinary perspectives to global health issues. The modules draw on different approaches to assessing skills and knowledge in order to develop the diverse set of skills needed for work in global health, including: presentations, team work, applying theory to practice, project management and planning, policy analysis, time management, and critical thinking. These skills are relevant for a wide range of careers within global health, including: research and evaluation, policy formulation and advocacy, and programme planning and implementation. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

At UCL's Institute for Global Health, you will benefit from our cross-disciplinary approach to study. Teaching is 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 you to select optional modules from tropEd network affiliated institutions around the world that the Global Health and Development MSc does not.

You will be gain experience that will benefit you in a future career within a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. The programme provides networking opportunities and international experiences as well as mobility across leading international institutions. You will also experience diverse learning styles and perspectives on global health problems.

Department: Institute for Global Health

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"UCL is a world-class institution with a great mix of colleagues and students from an international background who bring a wealth of work experience and curiosity. My current research is interdisciplinary. One aspect of my research probes theoretical questions of social imaginaries and transformation, while the other concentrates broadly on applied anthropology with an emphasis on health and technology."

Dr Rodney Reynolds

Global Health and Development: tropEd programme MSc
UCL Institute for Global Health

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

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
15 May 2019

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, including where you would like to study in the tropEd network and which optional modules you are interested in taking
  • 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.

Contact information

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