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UCAS Y000

Arts and Sciences BASc 3 years

The three-year programme of core courses, major and minor pathway and internship.

UCAS Y001

Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc 4 years

The three-year programme plus an additional year abroad.

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Mr Carl Gombrich, Programme Director
Carl Gombrich

Carl has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002. He enjoys making interdisciplinary links between all these areas (and more!) and has taught maths, physics, music and philosophy at a number of institutions in the UK and privately. Carl was the Principal of UCL’s international preparatory certificates before being appointed to Programme Director, Arts and Sciences (BASc) in September 2010.

Carl says: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to take forward such an exciting programme and to share with students the value of interdisciplinary learning. I believe this value will stay with them for life and will be an asset to them in all future employment. I am also delighted to head up such a strong team of academics and interdisciplinarians who are contributing to this flagship initiative. The intellectual excitement that these colleagues bring from their own high-profile work, interests and engagements is a valuable asset to students on this unique and forward-looking degree."

Dr Chiara Ambrosio, Pathway Representative for Cultures
Chiara Ambrosio

Chiara Ambrosio is a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Science at the Department of Science and Technology Studies. Her research interests include the relations between science and the visual arts in the early 20th century, American Pragmatism and the philosophy of Charles S. Peirce, scientific discovery, and general history and philosophy of science, with a particular focus on scientific representations.

Chiara has lectured extensively on visual history and the connections between art, science and philosophy in the 19th and 20th century. She is currently writing a book entitled: "Beyond Resemblance: A Philosophical History of Representative Practices, 1880-1914".

Dr Simon Banks, Pathway Representative for Sciences and Engineering
Dr Simon Banks

Simon received an MSci degree in Chemistry from UCL, subsequently moving into the field of statistical physics for his PhD. After a period as British Ramsay Memorial Fellow at the University of Oxford, Simon returned to the Department of Chemistry at UCL where he is currently Departmental Tutor and Deputy Head of Department (Teaching).

Simon’s research interests span a range of fields from quantum reaction dynamics to frustrated magnetism and the statistics of highly correlated systems. These fields may be used to understand the behaviour of a broad spectrum of complex phenomena beyond chemistry and physics, touching on areas as diverse as migration, musical appreciation and natural disasters.

Interdisciplinarity plays an important role in driving this research.

Dr Elodie Douarin, Pathway Representative for Societies

Elodie joined UCL in 2012 as lecturer in Economics at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of London and her research interests lie in the field of applied economics, with a special interest in development studies, aspects of political economics and the economics of wellbeing.

She has a very pluri-disciplinary background as she also holds a diploma in Biology, a degree in Agricultural Sciences and an MSc in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics.

Dr Vassilis Georgiadis, Pathway Representative for Health and Environment
Dr Vassilis Georgiadis


Vassilis Georgiadis is a British Heart Foundation New Horizons Research Associate at the UCL Rayne Institute/Institute of Child Health. As a molecular biologist, he works on interdisciplinary cardiac tissue engineering projects involving the design of advanced strategies for heart therapy that bring together experts from the fields of biology, engineering, physics and computer science. He obtained his DPhil in Cell Biology from the University of Sussex and during his career has carried out research in fields ranging from skeletal muscle regeneration to inner ear molecular genetics, before joining UCL in 2012. He is an avid proponent of cross-disciplinarity and believes that academic education should be equally about understanding our strengths and the way we each process knowledge as much as it is about mastering the principles of our chosen subjects of interest.

About the ethos of BASc he says: “This is a degree programme that asks you to be committed as much as it asks you to take the initiative and to collaborate and interact with your fellow students and mentors. In our digital age, people can access information instantly and therefore the key requirement is no longer mere assimilation of knowledge but optimal use of it. Integration across disciplines and schools of thought is the key element to making the best use of the vast amounts of information that is so readily available to all of us”.

Dr Federica Mazzara, Pathway Representative for Cultures
Dr Federica Mazzara

Federica is the Convenor of the UCL MA in Gender, Society and Representation and of the BA in Language and Culture. She is Teaching and Research Fellow at the School of European Languages, Culture and Society. Federica studied comparative literature as an undergraduate and did her PhD in Italy.

She joined UCL in 2009 as an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in contemporary Italian studies. Her research focuses primarily on the relationship between literature and other arts and on cultural productions in migratory contexts, which she analyses in relation to political, social and juridical frameworks.

Dr Richard Mole, Pathway Representative for Societies
Richard Mole Richard Mole is a Political Sociologist at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). He studied modern languages as a undergraduate, before switching to social sciences for his MPhil and PhD. His research, which focuses primarily on the relationship between identity and power with reference to nationalism, ethnic conflict, migration and gender/sexuality, has always been explicitly interdisciplinary, crossing the boundaries of Political Sociology, International Relations, Social Psychology, Socio-Linguistics and Health Studies. He came to UCL in 2003 as an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow and was offered a permanent position at SSEES the following year.
Professor Stephen Price, Pathway Representative for Sciences and Engineering
Stephen Price
Steve Price is a member of the Chemistry Department working on the study of the reactions of highly energetic atoms and molecules in the gas-phase and on surfaces. This research involves Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science. Steve was educated, as an Undergraduate and Graduate student, at Oxford University and then worked in the Joint Laboratory for Astrophysics at the University of Colorado before arriving at UCL in 1993. Steve's varied research interests have made him a strong advocate of interdisciplinarity across both the sciences and more generally. Away from UCL, as he is now too old to play hockey, he is a keen climber, cyclist and hill walker with a strong interest in both opera and the psychology of leadership and decision making.
Asmaa Soliman, Pathway Representative for Societies

Asmaa Soliman is a research assistant at Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue in London, funded by Research Councils UK’s Global Uncertainties programme. She has previously worked for several research projects and media companies in Germany, Egypt and the UK, mostly in relation to religion, Islam in Europe and intercultural dialogue. Asmaa has taught courses in European Social, Political and Cultural Studies; in Media Culture; in Arts and Culture and in Security Studies at UCL as well as at Maastricht University. She has also taught German language for UCL’s German Society. Asmaa completed her bachelor in Arts & Culture with a specialisation in Media Culture at Maastricht University in 2009. She received her first master in Media Culture with Distinction from Maastricht University in 2010. She finalised her second master in International Politics with Distinction at City University London in 2011.

Asmaa joined UCL’s Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry in 2011 where she is finalising her PHD. Her research topic deals with German Muslim youth culture, questions of identity and public expressions. It focuses on three main fields within the public sphere, namely media, arts and civil society. Asmaa’s research is interdisciplinary covering theories from Political Sciences, Sociology, Cultural Studies and Religious Studies. She works with concepts of integration, multiculturalism, secularism, equality, difference, citizenship, liberalism, public sphere, counterpublic, identity, religion, spirituality, participatory culture, youth culture and media culture. Asmaa is a member of UCL’s PHD association Thoughtsforward that organises annual interdisciplinary conferences. She is also involved in several NGOs including the Universal Peace Federation, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, SOLIYA and the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations.

Professor Vincent Walsh, Pathway Representative for
Health and Environment

Vincent Walsh

Vincent Walsh is Professor of Human Brain Research in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. He works on many aspects of perception and memory and is currently investigating lifelong learning and plasticity using behavioural, brain imaging and human brain stimulation methods. He obtained a PhD in Visual Neuroscience from Manchester before spending 10 years in Oxford as a Royal Society University Research Fellow and joining UCL in 2002. He collaborates widely and especially on all aspects of human brain stimulation which requires integration with medical and engineering sciences as well as with manufacturers and patient support groups.

About the interdisciplinary nature of the BASc he says: "The 21st century challenges for humanity require people to think across traditional subject boundaries. The ability to integrate across disciplines is what makes the difference between the merely intelligent and the intellectual. We need to begin to educate a healthy disrespect for boundaries" 

Sara Wingate-Gray, Teaching Fellow and Pathway Representative for Cultures and Societies
Sara Wingate-Gray

Sara Wingate Gray is a Teaching Fellow at UCL and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Information Studies. Her research focuses on the library, archive and information studies domains, in particular public libraries, the philosophy of librarianship, digitisation, ephemera and special collections.

Prior to joining UCL she was a Visiting Research Scholar at San Francisco State University, working with The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives to create a new digital archive of its historic collection of poetry recordings. In 2010 she was an International Librarianship Fellow working with IREX and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation researching public librarianship in Romania.

She has a first degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and an MA in Creative Writing, and is co-founder of a digi-tech startup and founder of an international public library of poetry.

Sara is especially committed to the interdisciplinary nature of the BASc due to her own wide-ranging professional background, which has also included youth work, radio broadcasting, journalism, publishing, performance and poetry.

Dr Graham Woodgate, Departmental Tutor and Pathway Representative for Societies
Dr Graham Woodgate

Graham completed a six-year technical apprenticeship and gained a National Diploma in Forestry before entering high education and has maintained a keen interest in trees, forests and forest-dependent people ever since. He has a PhD in political ecology for which he carried out field research among the Mazahua people of Central Mexico. In the 1990s, Graham coordinated a British Council Higher Education Link Programme between UK universities and Mexican farming systems research institutions. He has held lectureships and senior lectureships at a number of institutions of the University of London. Whilst at Wye and later Imperial College he became involved with postgraduate distance learning programmes in sustainable rural development and continues to work in this area, most recently coordinating the writing of a sustainable forest management module for the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy at SOAS.

Graham says: "I am fascinated by all aspects of nature-society relations, which has led to my involvement in the production of a series of edited volumes in environmental sociology. More recently I have become involved in the emerging field of agroecology, a transdisciplinary intellectual endeavour that is particularly strongly rooted in the Americas and encompasses scientific research, agricultural practice and agrarian social movements. I use the term 'transdisciplinary' to describe my research, because as well as focusing on issues that fall between conventional disciplinary boundaries, my approach to those issues incorporates elements from a wide range of disciplines". 

Graham joined UCL in 2012 as a founder member of the Institute of the Americas. In addition to his academic work he undertakes environmental consultancies, carries out forest management certification audits to FSC Forest Stewardship principles and criteria, and manages his own smallholding in Kent.

Ms Amanda Cater, Administrative Manager

Amanda Cater

Amanda Cater joined UCL in 1999, first as Administrator in the Department of Greek and Latin before joining the Arts and Sciences programme in 2011. She was also an undergraduate at UCL in Classics then took MA Classics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver as well as a PGCE in Classics at Cambridge.

Please contact Amanda if you have any queries about the Arts and Sciences degree programme.

Owain Evans, International and Affiliates Officer
Owain Evans

Owain Evans is our most recent addition to the BASc team, having joined us in August 2013. Before joining UCL, Owain worked in the Study Abroad & Internships Office and in departmental positions for the Schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at King’s College London.

He was a Biological Sciences undergraduate at the University of Exeter and developed a keen interest  in travelling from various adventures before, during and after University in the South West. It was this interest in other countries and cultures which attracted him to working in international education.

If you have any questions or queries about studying abroad as part of your BASc degree, please contact Owain.

Cristy Meadows, Departmental Administrator
Cristy Meadows


Cristy has been working at UCL since May 2009. She started as the Senior Admissions Officer for the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences and moved to the position of Departmental Administrator for the BASc in August 2013. Prior to her time at UCL, she worked in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the London School of Economics.

Cristy completed a Business Studies degree from London South Bank University and it was her industrial placement year that created her interest in working in the HE sector.

Please contact Cristy if you have any queries about either entry onto the course or any aspect of the course once you're an enrolled student.

Rochelle Symons, Placements and Vacancies Manager
Rochelle Symons

Since October 2010 Rochelle has been employed by UCL Careers firstly as an Employer Services & Events Officer and currently as Placements & Vacancies Manager. She is responsible for managing the internship/placements services offered by UCL Careers which includes developing and maintaining relationships with employers, and engaging with students needing internships as part of their UCL studies (primarily BASc students and BBSRC PhD students). Prior to this Rochelle organised employer-led skills development events for UCL students, in particular postgraduates.

Previously Rochelle managed a bioscience internship and training programme at the Royal Veterinary College and worked in the Faculty of Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck College. With a Masters in Arts Management from Birkbeck, Rochelle has previously worked in events management and project co-ordination roles within the arts and not-for-profit sectors.

When not at UCL Rochelle enjoys spending her time refurbishing her house, cultivating her garden and trying to create art!