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This programme looks at the effects of urbanisation on both physical and mental health and considers the role of urban form, urban social interactions, productive processes and urban policies as causes of inequalities in health.

About this degree

Health in Urban Development MSc provides a solid grounding in analysis, skills and perspectives for the study of urban health including public health, research methodology, evaluation research, comparative urban health analysis and practice-based experience.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five compulsory modules (90 credits) and either one or two optional modules (totalling 30 credits) plus a dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Health in Urban Development.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme provides the necessary skills to be involved in the field of urban health, focusing on: the effect of formal and informal urban processes in the Global South on health; the role of development planning in health; the interaction between urban-spatial elements and health; the evaluation and design of intervention strategies and practical experience.

The programme aspires to produce an interdisciplinary and critical perspective of the relationships between urban processes, health disparities and development planning. Learning activities will mirror common practices and activities. A field trip overseas to a location in the Global South provides a contemporary real-world perspective. By completing the programme you should expect to gain subject specific knowledge, academic and research skills which are practical and transferrable. 

Teaching and learning

The programme consists of reading, essay writing and individual and group project work, in the context of lectures, seminars, workshops, case study analysis, and a field trip abroad. Student performance is assessed through coursework, unseen examinations and a final dissertation report.

What are we looking for?

We aim to cultivate socially sensitive urban practitioners who can promote humancentric responses to challenges like marginalisation, inequality and environmental degradation. The programme is suitable for graduates and professionals who want to engage with contemporary urban issues while acquiring the practical skills needed to deliver positive urban change.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are likely to find employment as officers of local and international NGOs, international organisations, local and national government departments or as consultants. Some graduates may pursue an academic research career.

Employability:

The programme's learning activities have been designed with employability in mind. You will gain a strong core knowledge, combined with hands-on experience. You will also learn how to evaluate, analyse and develop intervention strategies, and will become familiar with more advanced research tools, theory and methodology.


Visit the Health in Urban Development MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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