Arts and Sciences BASc 3 years

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


Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc 4 years

The three-year programme plus an additional year abroad.




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 taught physics at UCL and served as Principal to UCL’s UPC courses until 2010. In September 2010, he was appointed as Programme Director, Arts and Sciences (BASc) to lead the development and launch of UCL’s major new interdisciplinary liberal Arts and Sciences BASc degrees.

Carl is a regular speaker at events on interdisciplinarity and liberal arts and sciences both in the UK and abroad, including the 2015 Harvard-AUC conference in Shanghai, the Global Leaders in Arts and Sciences event in Tokyo and as a keynote speaker for the HEA. He researches and writes about many themes related to contemporary liberal and interdisciplinary education, including the future of work, notions of expertise and the history of education. He has recently been appointed to the British Academy Working Group on Interdisciplinarity.

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 and in academic research. 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 Manuela Dal Borgo, Pathway Representative for Cultures

Manuela Dal Borgo is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Greek and Latin. She completed her doctoral research in mid-2015 which sought to bridge the study of ancient military history with that of game theory (the mathematical theory of strategic behaviour). Current research interests include ancient micro/macroeconomics, interdisciplinary game theory, ancient Greek mathematics, historiography, rhetoric and narrative theory. Awards include UCL Graduate School Research Scholarship (GSRS), the Overseas Research Students Award (ORS), the Cross-Disciplinary Training Award (MSc in Economics), UCL Advances Enterprise Scholarship, which was undertaken to apply her research to the telecommunication industry (temporary appointment at British Telecom (BT)), and two Advances Scholarships at London Business School (LBS), for cross-disciplinary training in finance and economics. Regular teaching appointments are in ancient languages (Dept. of Greek & Latin), quantitative methods (Dept. of Arts and Sciences) and economics (Dept. of Economics).

As a consummate interdisciplinarian, she says that a statement ascribed to Archimedes, an ancient philosopher-mathematician-engineer-astronomer, best describes what interdisciplinarity can unlock: “Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world. Δός μοι ποῦ στῶ καὶ κινῶ τὴν γῆν.”

Dr Elodie Douarin, Pathway Representative for Societies
Elodie Douarin

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 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.
Dr Brenda Parker, Pathway Representative for Sciences and Engineering

Dr Brenda Parker

Dr Brenda Parker is a lecturer in the Department of Biochemical Engineering. Her research focuses on industrial biotechnology, in particular using algae for sustainable chemical production. Her approach to nature-inspired engineering involves working at the interface between engineering, molecular biology and synthetic biology.

Brenda holds an MEng in Biochemical Engineering from UCL, and spent her study abroad year at Caltech where she developed her interest in the environmental microbiology. Since 2009 she has been working on applied algal research, beginning at the University of Cambridge with a project funded by Shell and then moving to the University of East Anglia to work on industry-facing low carbon projects.

Brenda’s approach is highly interdisciplinary, and she regularly collaborates architects and designers to realise projects such as the Algaegarden for the Metis International Garden Festival in Quebec. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 to examine social factors related to design of bioremediation technologies.

Beth Parkin, Pathway Representative for Health and Environment

Beth Parkin Beth Parkin is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. At undergraduate level Beth studied Anthropology and Psychology and later undertook a masters degree in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge where she worked developing fMRI assessment measures for patients with disorders of consciousness.  She values the BASc approach to interdisciplinary study as it places intellectual needs, rather than existing subject boundaries, at the heart of learning. Her work utilizes both quantitative and qualitative approaches to explore decision-making under pressure, and mechanism of human brain stimulation in understanding cognitive processes. She focuses on understanding behaviour in real world contexts and works with sports, business and political groups, with the aim of challenging neat boxes of academia in order to make research useful to non-specialists, Beth also lectures at The University of Westminster, where she contributes to interdisciplinary modules such as Music and the Mind.
Professor Stephen Price, Pathway Representative for Sciences and Engineering and Chair of the BASc Exam Board
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.

Dr Asmaa Soliman, Pathway Representative for Societies
Asmaa Soliman

Asmaa Soliman is a research associate 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 has finalised 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.

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 Manager
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!

Natalie Flintoff, Placements and Vacancies Officer

Natalie joined UCL in March 2016 as part of the Placements & Vacancies Team at UCL Careers. As part of this team she is now responsible for the BASc second year internship service offered by UCL Careers, which includes developing and maintaining relationships with employers, and engaging with students interested in undertaking an internship.

Natalie comes from a charity recruitment background having worked for two successful recruitment agencies placing candidates in a range of charity roles. She has a joint honours degree in History and American Studies BA (Hons) from York St John University.

Please contact Natalie if you have any questions about undertaking an internship during or in the summer after your second year.