UCL Graduate degrees


Global Prosperity MSc

The world urgently needs leaders who can transcend current economic models – associated with great wealth as well as deep social and ecological dilemmas – and create viable alternatives. The Global Prosperity MSc equips students with new approaches to prosperity and its measurement, empowering them as international transition leaders.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: up to 5 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)

£14,180 (FT)
£22,620 (FT)

Application dates

Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018
Close: 31 August 2018

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 Current Students website.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Prospective students must demonstrate commitment to engage with complex global challenges across a range of disciplines. Applicants with significant work experience in government, business, civil society or social entrepreneurship and/or postgraduate training are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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About this degree

Students understand the antecedents of today’s unsustainable economic cultures, from the history of economic growth, to inequality and the multinational corporation. They will master alternative measurements of prosperity such as the Social Progress Index while examining innovative pathways to prosperity (including the transition to renewable energy systems). There is also a focus on collective problem-solving methodologies from human-centred design (HCD) to Theory U.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Pathways to Prosperity 1: Global Legacies
  • Pathways to Prosperity 2: Global Futures
  • Research Methods 1: Measuring Global Prosperity
  • Research Methods 1: Problem-solving for Global Prosperity

Optional modules

Students choose two thematically compatible optional modules:

  • Recommended:
  • Transformative Entrepreneurship
  • Other modules can be chosen more widely across UCL in, for example, engineering, global health, sustainable resources, energy, anthropology, economics, geography, history, philosophy.


All students undertake an independent research project leading to a dissertation (10,000 words). They will also be required to prepare a shorter article for publication.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through targeted and innovative learning methods, including lectures, case studies, policy papers, blogging, and a dissertation project, which may involve fieldwork and collaboration with partner organisations. IGP strives to integrate students into its core research community. Assessment is through coursework, presentations, a written examination and a dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Global Prosperity MSc


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


This programme will prepare students from a range of academic backgrounds for careers in policy-making, social and sustainable entrepreneurship, education, government, the third sector, and business, as well as doctoral-level research.


After graduation, students are expected to go on to define new routes to prosperity through working in policy-making, management and shared value, entrepreneurship, activism, education and research. IGP's extensive network of external partners will benefit students in building their careers and especially in their entrepreneurial endeavours.

Why study this degree at UCL?

As a multidisciplinary university with all the resources at its disposal, UCL is the ideal environment in which to study sustainable global prosperity.

The mission of the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) is to rethink human and societal prosperity, and the economic models and measurement approaches used. Prosperous communities are socially inclusive, equitable, and sustainable.

Students will be encouraged to engage with a range of IGP partners, organisations, and affiliated fellows, when undertaking the dissertation, offering the option of an academic, policy- or industry-oriented project.

Department: Institute for Global Prosperity

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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

Who can apply?

This programme will appeal to a range of students from around the world. In particular, individuals who already have a postgraduate degree and/or significant real-world experience in business, social entrepreneurship, government or third sector organisations are encouraged to apply.

Application deadlines

27 July 2018
31 August 2018

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 Prosperity at graduate level
  • why you want to study Global Prosperity at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • how you can make a unique contribution to our innovative academic community
  • 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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