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Education, Health Promotion and International Development (MA)

Course Description

This unique MA provides students with the opportunity to develop understanding of, academic and professional practice in education and health promotion in lower and middle income countries.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/education-health-promotion-international-development-ma

Key Information

- Application dates
January 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 7 December 2015
September 2016 entry
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

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: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

Students will explore and analyse:
- key concepts and issues in education,
- the promotion of health and wellbeing as part of international development
- research, policy and practice in relation to promoting health and wellbeing through education in low and middle-income countries

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

- Core Modules
Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
Promoting Health and Wellbeing: Planning, Practice and Participation

- Options
A range of optional modules from across UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Master's-level offering are available:
Economic Perspectives of Education Policy
Education and Development in Asia
Education and Muslim Communities
Education, Conflict and Fragility
Gender, Education and Development
Gender, Sexuality and Education
Learners, Learning and Teaching in the Context of Education for All
Planning for Education and Development
Theories of Childhood and Society
Understanding Education Research

- Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 20,000 words (or a report of 10,000 words).

- Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, participatory and interactive groupwork, online learning and individual tutorials. Assessment is through coursework - including a 3,000-word project proposal - and a 20,000-word dissertation (or 10,000-word report).


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .


Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:
- policy-makers and advisers in government ministries and departments
- policy advocates and programme managers in international NGOs and development agencies
- teachers and lecturers in schools, colleges and universities
- international development consultants
- PhD students.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Educationalist, Aga Khan Foundation (2011)
- Training Coordinator, Community Action Southwark (2012)
- Deputy Head of Communications, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2013)
- Social Worker/Project Co-Ordinator, Ministry of Health, Belize (2013)
- Lecturer, Jazan Economic Polytechnic - KSA (2013)

- Employability
Graduates of this Master's degree may use academic writing skills developed in this programme to develop new forms of reporting within their organisations; build on the proposal writing skills developed to secure funding; successfully set up and sustain consultancies; learn how to engage policy-makers, practitioners and members of the public through research-informed practice.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This unique Master's programme provides students with opportunities to explore and examine the links between three academic and professional fields - education, health promotion and international development.

Students learn from experts in education and health promotion in low and middle-income contexts and benefit from taking part in lectures and seminars given by international guest speakers.

There is a study visit to Paris (not included in the programme fee), usually incorporating UNESCO and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) and students become members of the London International Development Centre, a multi-disciplinary centre of the University of London.

Application and next steps

- Applications
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.

- Who can apply?
This programme is suited to professionals and practitioners working in health, education, health promotion and/or social development in low- or middle-income countries. It is also for those who would like to transfer their expertise in high-income countries to low- and middle-income contexts.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Education, Health Promotion and International Development at graduate level
- why you want to study Education, Health Promotion and International Development at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- 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.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

Visit the Education, Health Promotion and International Development (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required, normally in social science, education or nursing. In addition some appropriate experience in a low or middle-income country (a minimum of one month) is normally a condition of entry.

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