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Course content

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.

Degree information

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. A recommended one is:
-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.

Dissertation/report
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. 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.

Careers

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.

Employability
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.

Visit the Global Prosperity - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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