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.



BASC3001 The Knowledge Economy


This module builds on the internship that Arts and Sciences students undertake before their final year. The principle form of assessment is an extended consultancy report which students produce in small consultancy teams.

External speakers and UCL staff will provide a number of frameworks with which students can work to produce their reports.

The module is structured largely around one two-hour sessions and one seminar per week. Students will manage their own time, approximately 7-10 hours per week, in working on the consultancy project.


  1. To engage students in a real-world consultancy project, working with businesses and organisations sourced by UCL Advances. 
  2. To introduce student to ideas and theories about current and future work and working practices.

In their initial video blog, students will be asked to reflect on both the internship / sector research which they have recently completed and some of the key attributes/skills they have learned in the Core of the degree and their Pathways.

Students will produce a team-written consultancy report on a going concern for an external organisation and present the contents of the report in a team presentation.

Lectures will be delivered by Peter Antonioni (Management Science), Carl Gombrich (BASc) and invited guest lecturers. Seminars will be run by PGTAs.

Early in the course, and in conjunction with UCL Advances, small consultancy projects will be pitched by employers to the students. Students will then pitch back to the UCL teaching team and will be selected in small teams (‘mini consultancies’) to work on their projects.

Students should be in touch with their business (‘clients’) at least once a week to provide progress reports.

The themes of the sessions are as follows:

  1. Course introduction and overview. Carl Gombrich and Peter Antonioni
  2. The Nature of Consultancy. Peter Upton
  3. Scenario Planning. Peter Antonioni
  4. Context, Values and Digital Frameworks for the Knowledge Economy. Abhay Adhikari
  5. Disruption and Ecosystems. Peter Antonioni
  6. Open Session. By appointment with Peter Antonioni
  7. Expertise. Carl Gombrich
  8. Causal Loops. Peter Antonioni
  9. Open Session. By appointment with Peter Antonioni
  10. Open Session. By appointment with Peter Antonioni


The course runs for three hours per week in Term 1 of Year 3 as follows:

Peter Antonioni (Management Science), Carl Gombrich and others.
Lectures: 1-3pm on Mondays
10-11am on Tuesdays or 12-1pm on Tuesdays or 10-11am on Wednesdays or 11am-12pm on Wednesdays or 10-11am on Thursdays or 11am-12pm on Thursdays
Additional sessions:
Thursday 8 October 6-9pm
Friday 9 October 6-9pm
Wednesday 15 October 6-9pm
Thursday 16 October 6-9pm
Group presentations:
Wednesday 16 December 6-9pm or Thursday 17 December 6-9pm

* Students are manually allocated to a seminar class once consultancy groups have been decided and presentation sessions will be allocated automatically, so it is not possible to select one


Consultancy project - 90%

The assessment for this is split as follows:

  • 10% Workplan (not more than three sides of A4)
  • 20% Final group presentation
  • 55% Written consultancy report
  • 5% Business feedback

Vlog from internship – 10%

This will be a short narrative of your observations from your internship / sector research, to include some specific comments related to organisational structure, commercial awareness, working culture etc. It will be submitted during the first week of term prior to the start of the course.

Students on the Study Abroad programme will be advised to submit their vlog at the same time and prior their departure to their host institution.