The world urgently needs research that examines and addresses the root causes of today’s toughest global challenges, including (but not limited to) those that relate to inequality, social exclusion, dislocation and ecological unsustainability.
The Global Prosperity programme from University College London (UCL) empowers students to carry out ambitious interdisciplinary research that can advance global prosperity from innovative angles.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) consists of a piece of supervised research, normally undertaken over a period of three years full-time. Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline.
Our MPhil/PhD students are in an excellent position to develop innovative research careers within academia, take on important roles in key industries or sectors (e.g. policy, technology, law, environment) or launch their own entrepreneurial and/or civil society initiatives. Students will receive ongoing support from the IGP community of peers well beyond the point of graduation, further energising their career-building efforts.
MPhil/PhD students at the Institute for Global Prosperity tend to be highly employable due to the unique mix of abilities they cultivate during their studies, from in-depth research skills to communication and leadership abilities. At the same time, a considerable portion of our students seek independent career options rather than employment in a conventional sense.
The UCL Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) currently carries out research in and across a number of areas that directly relate to achieving sustainable global prosperity in the 21st century. Our key current research themes include the following:
- The RELIEF Centre
- Rise Up: The case for, and benefits of, providing homes for key urban workers on London's rooftops
- London Prosperity Board
- Food Security, Water and Local Knowledge in Marakwet, Kenya
- Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies (ETHICOBOTS)
- Gender and Adolescence
- TRANS-MAKING: art / culture / economy to democratise society
- 36 months
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- Applications are accepted at any point in the academic year. It is generally a good idea to apply as far in advance of your desired starting date as possible.
DisciplinesInternational Relations International Development Sustainable Development View 13 other PhDs in Sustainable Development in United Kingdom
- A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject, is essential.
- Exceptionally: where applicants have other suitable research or professional experience, they may be admitted without a Master's degree; or where applicants have a lower second-class UK Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) (or equivalent) they must possess a relevant Master's degree to be admitted.
- We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master's degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Relevant work experience is highly desirable.
- A PhD research proposal: 2,000 to 2,500 words.
- Email addresses of referees
International23350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23350 GBP per year during 36 months.
National5690 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.
- UK: £2,845/year
- Overseas: £11,860/year
Living costs for London
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