UCL Graduate degrees


Global Prosperity MSc

The Global Prosperity MSc prepares you to become one of a new generation of global leaders. The programme challenges current economic and social models that have generated both astonishing levels of wealth as well as deep social and ecological dilemmas. Through your study you will examine possible solutions to contemporary global challenges and explore how much-needed economic, social and political transformations can be enacted to deliver sustainable prosperity.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Part-time students normally study half the amount of full-time (i.e. around 19h/week with 1 day in attendance). Modular flexible students’ study will depend on the number of modules taken per year.

Application dates

Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£16,000 (FT)
£25,800 (FT)

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. 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

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

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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About this degree

The degree explores major global challenges and offers critical historical analyses of their origins in trends such as the drive for economic growth, unsustainable consumerism and sustainable development. You will explore models and theories of social, economic and technological change, and develop case-studies of ongoing radical prosperity transformations driven by actors from across the globe and from a range of positions including entrepreneurs, policymakers, business and civil society. Research methods classes examine how measures of prosperity, wellbeing and progress have been constructed and how alternative measures – both quantitative and qualitative – might be framed through transdisciplinary empirical research. You will also explore a variety of collective problem-solving methods such as human-centred design.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Global Prosperity.

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.

Compulsory modules

  • BGLP0001 - Pathways to Prosperity 1: Global Legacies (15 credits)
  • BGLP0002 - Research Methods 1: Measuring Global Prosperity (15 credits)
  • BGLP0003 - Pathways to Prosperity 2: Global Futures (15 credits)
  • BGLP0004 - Research Methods 2: Problem-solving for Global Prosperity (15 credits)
  • BGLP0005 - Dissertation (90 credits)

Optional modules

In addition to the four compulsory core modules, you must undertake up to 30 credits of elective modules. You will be able to choose from the following IGP offer:

  • BGLP0007 - Debt, Finance and Prosperity (15 credits)
  • BGLP0008 - China and Global Prosperity (15 credits)
  • BGLP0009 - Urban Futures and Prosperity (15 credits)
  • BGLP0010 - Transformative Entrepreneurship and Prosperity: Core Concepts (15 credits)
  • BGLP0012 - Transformative Entrepreneurship and Prosperity: Design (15 credits)

And/or other modules across UCL, subject to timetabling, availability and approval by the home and teaching department.


All students undertake an independent research project leading to a dissertation (12,500 words), which may be fieldwork- or literature-based. You will also be required to prepare a shorter, public-facing blog post (1,500 words).


Short, half-day field trips are a component of some of our modules. We still expect to be able to deliver these field trips subject to COVID-19-related guidance, either in person under regulations that may involve distancing or other precautionary measures, or using a range of virtual and case-study formats, depending on the situation at the time.

Fieldwork related to your dissertation, both in the UK or elsewhere in the world, will need to be assessed in discussion with the Programme Leader and according to the circumstances at the time.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through targeted and innovative learning methods, including lectures, seminars, case studies, group work, and student presentations. You will be assessed through a range of both formative and summative means. These will include formative group work and in class-discussions and presentations, followed by summative group/individual projects and presentations, case-study reports, essays, and blog posts. Assessment culminates in a dissertation, which may be literature or research based.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the Programme Administrator, Dr Andres Vicente (a.vicente@ucl.ac.uk).

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 UCL 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 - Master's

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Based on financial need

Institute for Global Prosperity BAME Scholarship

Deadline: 11.59pm (BST), Friday 16 July 2021
£2,500 towards tuition fees (1yr)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2021/22
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.


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.


Through lectures and compulsory seminars and skills sessions, the programme is designed to help you develop a range of transferable intellectual, practical and leadership skills, which will prepare you for a wide range of careers. Throughout, students are encouraged to think beyond current economic and social models and to see themselves as future transformative leaders within their chosen career pathway.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The mission of the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) is to rethink social and environmental prosperity and to generate new economic models and measures to deliver prosperity. Prosperous communities are socially inclusive, equitable and sustainable; however, radical changes are required to overcome today's grand challenges and to enact such prosperity.

The IGP is pioneering research into questions of prosperity and driving forward novel transdisciplinary engagements to deliver new, more prosperous social and economic forms. As a student in the Institute, you will have the opportunity to become part of this emerging community, to learn from and participate in our research, and to help shape debates around what a prosperous society should be. We expect students to graduate as leaders who go on to deploy the ideas and practices they have learnt in future careers.

You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of IGP researchers, partners and affiliated fellows with possibilities of developing academic, policy or business-oriented projects. As a multidisciplinary global university with wide resources at its disposal, UCL is the ideal environment in which to study sustainable global prosperity.

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.

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: 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

31 May 2021

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.

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