Contacts

Admissions Officer

Ms Tessa Robinson

Email: tessa.robinson@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3275

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

€0 - €9,800 (depending on household income) for first two years at Sciences Po; £9,000 final two years at UCL (2014/15)

Overseas fee

€9,800 for first two years at Sciences Po; £15,200 final two years at UCL (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific funding notes

Details about financial support for 2013 entry are available at Po: http://admissions.sciences-po.fr/en/financial-support.

European Social and Political Studies: Dual Degree BA

UCAS code: R992

Students on this dual degree will benefit from the reputation and teaching specialisms of both UCL and Sciences Po in France. The programme offers specialisation in a humanities or social science subject, combined with a broad base in history, law, politics and philosophy, and fluency in a European language.

The dual degree does not offer the other two possibilities normally existent for the BA ESPS of two major languages or one major language and one minor.

Degree benefits

  • Spend your first two years of study at Sciences Po, the most prestigious institution for social and political sciences in France.
  • Benefit from UCL's world-class teaching system and the insights of its renowned humanities, language and social sciences scholars.
  • The complementarity of social science and humanities specialisms on offer at UCL and Sciences Po enables a cohesive programme of study throughout your degree.
  • The programme offers international mobility and an overseas experience. These features have become invaluable assets for all young graduates starting a career.

You will spend your first two years of study at Sciences Po. Students may choose from the following five campuses: Paris, Poitiers, Menton, Nancy and Dijon. Students specialising in French may choose from any one of the five campuses. For other languages, the destinations are as follows: Spanish - Poitiers, German - Nancy, Dijon or Paris, Italian - Menton, Dijon or Paris. Courses fall into three groupings: common core courses; language courses and social sciences electives. The European common core involves working in a multidisciplinary environment, gaining insights into a range of academic disciplines and engaging critically with competing analytical perspectives.

You will undertake language study throughout the programme, selecting one language on which to concentrate.

You may specialise in any of these major subjects: Economics, History, International Relations, Law, Philosophy, and Politics.

The major European languages that you can study include: French, German, Italian, Spanish.

Your learning

Your formal timetable will involve a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops. As well as the core courses, and courses designed specifically for students of this dual degree at Sciences Po and UCL, you will choose options in other departments according to your area of specialisation. This gives you access to a range of UCL's successful teaching approaches.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed by written examination, assessed essay and presentation.


Programme Structure

The first two years are spent at Sciences Po in France and are multi-disciplinary, providing a solid intellectual grounding in the social sciences. The last two years are spent at UCL where students specialise in a humanities or social science subject. It is possible to take more than one specialism within the humanities and social sciences while at UCL provided the chosen subjects form a coherent pathway. All students major in one European language which is studied throughout the programme.

The European languages available as major languages on the programme are:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Students specialising in French may choose from five campuses at Sciences Po:

  • Paris (no regional specialisation)
  • Dijon (Central & Eastern Europe Campus)
  • Menton (Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Campus)
  • Nancy (French-German European Campus)
  • Poitiers (Euro-Latin-American Campus)

For other languages the destinations are as follows:

  • Spanish - Poitiers
  • German - Nancy, Dijon or Paris
  • Italian – Menton, Dijon or Paris

At Sciences Po students study part of the curriculum in the language of specialisation, with the exception of Italian and German which are studied ab initio. Social science courses are offered in French, German and Spanish at the relevant campuses. You do not necessarily need to speak French in order to apply to the programme.

For full details of the language requirements that apply to each campus and to the language chosen as major please refer to the Entry tab above.


The last two years are spent at UCL, where students specialise in any of the following subjects:

  • Economics
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

If you intend to specialise in Economics, Law or History while at UCL, you must take optional courses in the relevant discipline at Sciences Po.

At UCL language departments offer modules in literature, linguistics, history, history of ideas, art, films and social, political or cultural studies. The options offered vary from department to department.


Year One (Sciences Po)

Core Courses

  • Political Institutions and Law
  • Political Science
  • History
  • Micro-Economics
  • Macro-Economics
  • Sociology
  • Quantitative Methods

Optional Courses

  • Elective humanities course
  • Language courses
  • Campus specific options (workshops, field trips,etc.)

Year Two (Sciences Po)

Core Courses

  • Law
  • Interdisciplinary Course
  • History

Optional Courses

  • Seminars in History, Law or Economics
  • Seminars in Sociology or Politics
  • “Perspectives” course (epistemology)
  • Arts workshops
  • Elective humanities or interdisciplinary courses
  • Social sciences electives
  • Language Courses
  • Campus specific options (workshops, field trips,etc.)

Year Three (UCL)

1.5 units in department of major language
2.5 units in humanities/social science specialism

Final Year (UCL)

1.0 unit in department of major language
1.0 unit ESPS Extended Essay
2 units in humanities/social science specialism


Fees & Scholarships

Fees are paid to Sciences Po for the first two years of the programme and to UCL for the last two years.

Students whose tax residence is in the European Union pay fees whilst at Sciences Po according to a sliding scale depending on total declared income and the size of the household. For further information on Sciences Po grants and scholarships see Scholarships & Grants at Sciences Po.

As soon as confirmation of an offer has been received, applicants who are eligible (those normally living in England and who have UK residency) should find out their fee for the first year of study from Sciences Po, then apply for a tuition fees loan to the Student Loans Company (SLC). Although the fee calculated by Sciences Po will be in Euros, applicants should give the SLC the amount in pounds using the exchange rate of the day. This process needs to be repeated for each year of study.

The SLC pays the tuition fees loan to Sciences Po via UCL. When Sciences Po receives the tuition fees loan, it may be a little more or a little less than the actual fees, depending on the exchange rate. Students will be reimbursed or asked to pay the difference due, whichever is relevant. The amount involved is likely to be small.

The Maintenance Loan (ML) is paid directly to the student by the SLC (along with any other grants and bursaries the student may be entitled to). A certain proportion of the ML is means-tested and students have to re-apply each year. Students with a French bank account rather than a UK bank account should confirm with their funding authority (via the SLC) that this is acceptable.

For information about Fees and Finance at UCL including Scholarships please see Fees and Finance.


Entry Requirements

UK Qualifications

  • A Levels

3, at minimum grades of A*AA. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.
An A level in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) is normally a requirement. An A* grade in Mathematics is required for the full Economics specialism, if chosen. A pass in a fourth subject at AS level or equivalent is also required.

  • Scottish Advanced Highers

3, at grades of A1AA. A humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) is normally a requirement. An A grade at Advanced Higher in Maths is required for the full Economics specialism, if chosen. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above. Alternatively, a combination of 2 Advanced Highers at grades A1A and 3 Highers at grades of AAA.

  • University Foundation Programme

High achievement is required, although offer conditions will be tailored to the specific foundation course which the applicant is enrolled upon. For example, for the UCL University Preparatory Certificate in the Humanities (UPCH) a minimum overall score of 70% is required, with 76% in one humanities unit, and 70% in a second humanities unit.

  • Bachelors degree from a UK university

2.1 overall

International Qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate

39 points overall. A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects. A humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) at higher level is normally a requirement. Mathematics at grade 7 at higher level is required for the full Economics specialism, if chosen. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • European Baccalaureate

87.5% overall. A grade of 8.5 in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) is also normally a requirement. A grade of 9 in Mathematics is required for the full Economics specialism, if chosen. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

EU and Overseas Qualifications

  • Australia

A high ranking in the relevant state university admissions index - UAI, TER or ENTER - normally in the top 1.5%.

  • Austria - Matura

An average of 1.2 overall in examination subjects, with one subject passed with high distinction and two subjects passed with distinction. A high distinction in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) is normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Belgium - Diploma van Secundair or Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur (CESS)

An overall grade of 9/90%. A grade of 9/90% in a humanities or social science (or Mathematics) is normally a requirement. A grade of 9.5 in Mathematics is required for the full Economics specialism. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Bulgaria - Diploma Svidetelstvo za Profesionalna Kvalifikasiq

Diploma Svidetelstvo za Profesionalna Kvalifikasiq/ Diploma za Sredno Spetsialno Obrazovanie/ Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with an overall mark of 5.65 including a grade of 5.5 in a humanities or social science (or Mathematics). For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above. Alternatively, successful completion of one year of a Bachelor's degree at a recognised university.

  • Cyprus - Greek Apolytirion

An overall grade of 19.2 plus grades of AA at A level. A humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) is normally a requirement. An A* grade in Mathematics at A level is required for the full Economics specialism. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Denmark - Studentereksamen

An overall average of 10, plus grades of 12, 10, 10 in high level subjects. A grade of 10 in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) taken at high level is normally a requirement. A grade of 12 in Mathematics (taken at A-level) is required for the full Economics specialism. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Finland - Studentexamen

Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen with at least four subjects, three of which must be at grade 7. A grade of 7/L in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) is normally required. A mark of 7/L in Mathematics is required for the full Economics specialism. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • France - French Baccalaureate

An overall average of 15.75, plus a grade of 15 in Spanish if studied as the major language. A grade of 15 in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) is also normally a requirement. Students are expected to have a good level in Mathematics, regardless of the baccalauréat section they are following (ES, L or S). A grade of 17 in Mathematics (spécialité Mathématiques in the case of the ES section of the Bacc) is required for the full Economics specialism. English Language proficiency requirement: in the Baccalaureat General, 13 in English, where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Germany - Abitur

An overall average of 1.3 including two LK subject marks of 14. A mark of 13 in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) is normally a requirement. (The language and humanities or social science subject need not be taken as a LK subject.) For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Hungary - Erettsegi/Matura

Mark of 5 in all subjects, including two subjects passed at advanced/higher level at 75% or above. A grade of 5 (70% or above) in a humanities or social science subject (or mathematics) taken at advanced level is also normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Ireland - Irish Leaving Certificate

Award of the Irish Leaving Certificate with six subjects of grade D or above at Higher Level, to include four subjects at A1,A1,A1,A1.   A grade of A1 in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) is also normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • India - Indian School Certificate (from CISCE or CBSE)

95% in the Year 12/Standard 12 Indian School Certificate (when awarded from CISCE or CBSE) including 95% in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics). For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above. No other examination board qualification is acceptable.

  • Israel - Bagrut

Bagrut with grades of at least 90 in seven subjects, including two five-unit subjects with one at 95.  A grade of 90 in a humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) taken as a five-unit subject is normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Italy - Diploma di Esame di Stato

An overall score of 95, including one subject with a score of 14 in the written exam or with a score of 10 in final year at school. A score of 10 in a social science or humanities subject (or Mathematics) in final year at school is normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above. To take the full Economics specialism the Scientifica Diploma is a requirement.

  • Netherlands - Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs

An overall average of 8.3, with a grade of 9 in one subject. A grade of 8 is required in a social science or humanities subject (or Mathematics). For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Norway, Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole

An average of 5.3 in the common core subjects and grades of 6,5 in two relevant final year subjects. A grade of 5 in a social science or humanities subject (or Mathematics) is normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Poland - Matura

Matura with at least 3 subjects passed at Extended Level with one at 90% and two at 85%. A score of 85% in a humanities or social science subject (or mathematics) taken at Extended level is normally required. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Portugal - Certificado de Fim de Estudos Secundarios/Diploma de Ensino Secundario

An overall grade of 19, with a grade of 20 in one subject and a grade of 19 in two subjects. A grade of 19 in a humanities or social science subject (or mathematics) is normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Romania - Diploma de Bacalaureat

An overall grade of 9.3, with a grade of 10 in one subject. A grade of 9 in a social science or humanities subject (or Mathematics) is also normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • South Africa - National Senior Certificate (NSC)

The National Senior Certificate is not acceptable as an entrance qualification to UCL. Applicants must successfully complete one year of a Bachelor degree at a South African university recognized by UCL, with Second Class Division 1 or 70% (equivalent of 2.1).

  • Spain - Titulo de Bachillerato

An overall score of 9.3, including a grade of 10 in one subject studied in year 2. A grade of 9 in French studied in year 2 is required if one of these is to be studied as the major language. A grade of 9 in a social science or humanities subject (or Mathematics) studied in year 2 is also normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Sweden - Slutybetyg fran Gymnasasieskolan/Avgangsbetyg

An overall average of MVG in 2000 points. MVG in a social science or humanities subject (or Mathematics) is normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • Switzerland - Federal Maturity Certificate (Maturitazeugnis or Certificat de Maturite or Attestato de Maturita) or the Federally Recognised Cantonal Maturity Certificate

An overall average of 5.5, including a grade of 6 in one subject. A grade of 5.5 in a humanities or social science subject (or mathematics) is normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

  • USA - Advanced Placement (AP) examinations

Grades of 5,5,5,5,4 in five AP subjects, taken in the final two years of high school. A grade of 5 in in a social science or humanities subject (or Mathematics) is normally a requirement. For further details see the Table of Dual Degree Language and Campus requirements referred to above.

Or:

High School Graduation Diploma plus SAT I with a minimum score of 1950/2400 or an ACT of 29 in the Composite Score and 29 in the Combined English/Writing Score. In addition the successful completion of one year of study at a recognized US university, Community or Junior College is required, with an overall Cumulative GPA of 3.3/4.0 (equivalent to a 2.1).

For other equivalent foreign qualifications, please email Patricia Kelly.


Opportunities

The Dual Degree gives you the wide-ranging employability of graduates in PPE or International Relations, but with the added maturity of study in two different countries, and the advantage of fluency in a European language - essential for anyone seeking a career in a European context, and increasingly valuable for the financial sector or media posts.

ESPS and Sciences Po graduates combine specialised knowledge of a humanities or social science with a broad foundation in economics, law, history, sociology and politics and, importantly, proficiency in another language or languages. On top of this, they have the independence born of studying in two countries.

In particular, students are able to demonstrate their aptitude for research by writing a research essay. This unique combination yields a significant advantage when it comes to securing funding for further research or getting a foothold on a competitive career ladder.

A wide variety of sectors are open to Sciences Po and ESPS graduates including auditing, finance, journalism and media.

Destinations

The first cohort of students on this programme is due to graduate in 2016; therefore no information about their career destinations is currently available. First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of the ESPS BA include:

  • Financial Analyst, HSBC (2012)
  • Full-time student, DPhil in Political Science at Oxford University (2012)
  • Civil Servant (Fast Track), UK Government (2012)
  • Junior Associate, Laven Partners (2011)
  • Full-time student, Master in Communications at Sciences Po, Paris (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Procedure for 2015 Entry

  • Applications should be made through UCAS
  • To be considered for both the BA ESPS and the BA ESPS: Dual Degree two separate applications should be made
  • To be considered for Sciences Po's single degree a separate application to Sciences Po should be made
  • Applicants will be contacted by email by Sciences Po on receipt of their application for the BA ESPS: Dual Degree to request an additional statement explaining their motivation for the programme and the reason for their choice of campus
  • Applicants who live in Europe and fulfil our entry criteria are invited to an Assessment Day

In the 'Choices' section of the UCAS form, under 'Further Details' indicate clearly:

  • Your major modern language choice (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
  • Your campus choice at Sciences Po

French - indicate two campuses in order of preference
German - indicate two campuses out of Dijon, Nancy and Paris in order of preference
Italian - indicate two campuses out of Dijon, Menton and Paris in order of preference
Spanish - indicate Poitiers

You may not apply for the language in which you have completed most of your schooling, or for English.

Your application must include predicted grades supplied by your teachers. If you are not taking A levels this information should consist of both an overall grade and a breakdown of grades for the individual subjects being taken. Past performance in the form of achieved grades in preceding years should also be stated. If predicted grades cannot be provided, as a minimum we require a transcript for the last two years.

How to Apply

About the Assessment Day

If you live in Europe and you meet (or are expected to meet) our entry criteria you will receive an email inviting you to an ESPS assessment day, which you will be expected to attend. If you are resident in a country outside Europe you will be interviewed by telephone and asked to submit an essay on a set topic written under exam conditions. Applicants resident in Europe taking a gap year are expected to attend an Assessment Day.

The assessment day provides an opportunity for you to find out more about the structure of the degree programme and meet current students. It also involves an introduction to the degree by the Admissions Tutor, a Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) test and an interview (around 20 minutes).

For further information about the Assessment Day schedule and the Interview please see the following links:

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If your interview is in the afternoon you may wish to arrive earlier and take a Self-Guided Tour of UCL in the morning, before the TSA test.  Tours led by ESPS students will be offered in the afternoon, after the TSA test.

Assessment Days

Assessment days in 2014-15 will be on:

Wednesday 3 December 2014
Wednesday 4 February 2015
Wednesday 4 March 2015
Wednesday 18 March 2015. 

View information on accommodation in the vicinity of UCL.


Entry Qualifications

Average points score for the most common ESPS: Dual Degree entry qualifications in recent years.

Qualification 2012  2013  2014
A-levels 30 32
-
IB Diploma 41 43
-
French Baccalaureate 16.51 17.93
17.52
Abitur 1.0 1.0
1.0