12 months
26600 GBP/year
16500 GBP/year
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Producing theoretical and practical knowledge on the interrelationships between formal and informal urban contexts, health disparities, social justice and development planning in the Global South. The Health in Urban Development degree is offered at University College London (UCL).


Programme highlights

The programme at University College London (UCL) provides participants with the necessary academic and professional skills to be involved in the field of urban health, focusing on:

  • The effect (positive and negative) of urbanisation processes in the Global South on both physical and mental health and the root causes of intra-urban disparities in health.
  • The important role that development planning and public health play in the health of urban dwellers
  • The interaction between specific aspects of city life such as housing, transportation, food, infrastructure, productive processes and their impact on human health.
  • The evaluation and design of intervention strategies aiming at fostering healthy urban communities, ranging from the international to the national scale
The Health in Urban Development MSc (HUD), run with the support of UCL's Institute for Global Health, aspires to produce an interdisciplinary and critical perspective of the interrelationships between formal and informal processes, health disparities and development planning in general and in the Global South in particular. Our approach is that there is a link between development planning and health to be found in urban governance (institutions), in the physical (land, infrastructure) and the social (community) environments. The programme aims to cultivate socially-sensitive urban health practitioners who can promote responses to the challenges of urban inequality, informality and environmental risks.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Health Social Justice & The City
  • Urban Health & Development Strategies
  • Urban Health: Reflections on Practice
  • Climate Change and Health 
  • Urbanisation and Development
  • Urban Water and Sanitation, Planning and Politics   

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject (e.g. Planning, Architecture, Social Sciences, Geography, Health Studies, Civil Engineering) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26600 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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