Pathways to Prosperity 1: Global Legacies (Term 1)

This module will critically explore the evolution of today’s unsustainable economic cultures, from the history of economic growth to models of “development’ and the role of multinational corporations. Through the module you will develop understandings of the ideological and systemic roots of current-day economic, social and environmental dilemmas from unemployment and migration, to obesity and climate change.

Pathways to Prosperity 2: Global Futures (Term 2)

This module utilises a selection of case studies from the Global South and the Global North to develop a ‘vocabulary of solutions’ to the challenges posed in Pathways to Prosperity 1. The module emphasises innovative pathways to prosperity, including (for example) the transition to renewable energy systems, sustainable transport or transparent financial service. Concluding lectures will map what the world might be like in 2030. Students will learn to switch between different disciplinary lenses as they deepen their understanding of ‘the future that is already here’.

Methods 1: Measuring Global Prosperity (Term 1)

This module introduces a range of core research skills and interrogates alternative measurements of prosperity (such as the Social Progress Index) from both theoretical and technical angles. It will explore how ’social impact’ assessments are constructed and introduce a range of transdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative research methods, including anthropological and ethnographic approaches, survey approaches in development, health and wellbeing and existing measures of economic evaluation.

Methods 2: Problem-solving for Global Prosperity (Term 2)

This module focuses on methods of collective problem-solving and innovation, including open innovation, citizen science and Theory U. Students will work in groups to tackle real-world challenges and case studies drawn from both the Global North and Global South.

Recommended option: Global Prosperity & Transformative Entrepreneurship (Term 2)

This course introduces students to transformative varieties of entrepreneurship – including social, environmental and alternative tech entrepreneurship – and examines how innovative practices, strategies and models can be applied to the pursuit of prosperity. Students will learn to critically grasp core terms (business model, value proposition, scaling up/down, minimum viable product etc.) and related theories. Students will design blueprints for transformative entrepreneurial initiatives and compare different funding strategies. Students will understand the role that entrepreneurship can play in driving vital transition pathways across the world.

Option modules

Students choose two thematically compatible elective modules to build on, strengthen and develop the academic capacities they bring to the degree, as well as developing new core strengths where desired. Options can be chosen from modules taught at UCL in, for example, Engineering, Global Health, Sustainable Resources, Energy, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, subject to the approval of the Programme Director, the prerequisites of the department offering the module, and availability.


All students undertake an independent research project leading to a dissertation (10,000 words).


Weekly teaching schedule for Term 1 (locations to be announced in late September). Please note we also welcome non-IGP students who wish to take these classes as electives.

Mondays 11:00-13:00 Global Legacies: Pathways to Prosperity I

Mondays 16:00-17:30 Professional Skills & Resilience Workshops (biweekly)

Thursdays 10:30-12:30 Measuring Global Prosperity

Thursdays 13:00-14:00 Soundbytes/visiting practitioners and scholars (biweekly)

Thursdays 16:00-18:00 Director’s Seminars with visiting thinkers (biweekly)