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Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arts and Sciences adopts a Liberal Arts approach, allowing you a unique opportunity to create your own programme of study by undertaking core interdisciplinary modules, alongside a range of arts and science subjects from leading departments across UCL.

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Why study Liberal Arts and Sciences at UCL?

Students in Arts & Sciences study innovative core modules which enhance understanding of how different branches of knowledge relate to one another, and encourage interdisciplinary thinking. They supplement this cross contextual approach by taking additional modules from other UCL departments. This distinct approach delivers both educational breadth and depth, and fosters an understanding of working across the disciplines to respond to real-world issues.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You will benefit from world-class resources across a range of subject areas, allowing you to build your academic strengths and shape your own study. Our modules will provide you with the knowledge and skills to think across the disciplines, an ability which is of vital importance to employers in our increasingly interconnected world. Located in historic Bloomsbury, the programme makes use of many of London’s great sites and artefacts, supplementing your learning and heightening your experience.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered via lectures, laboratory sessions and small seminars. Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including research papers ('essays'), laboratory work and examinations (in May). Some of the Arts & Sciences modules also utilise non-traditional assessment techniques such as assessed podcasts, blogs and group work. Students coming for the Fall Term only are examined in December.

Modules in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Full Year students must take a minimum of three modules from the Arts and Sciences offering, which can be supplemented by modules from other UCL departments. Fall Term or Spring Term only students must take two modules from the Arts and Sciences offering.

Arts and Sciences modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BASC1001 Approaches to Knowledge: Introduction to Interdisciplinarity 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC1002 Interdisciplinary Research Methods 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC1003 Quantitative Methods: Exploring Complexity 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2001 Object Lessons: Communicating Knowledge through Collections 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2002 Quantitative Methods 2: Data Science and Visualisation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2003 Making Value Judgments: Qualitative Thinking 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2004 Creative Writing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2012 Science Meets Religion in the Global Community 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2042 Understanding Cities and their Spatial Cultures 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2052 Migration and Health 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2072 Sustainable Energy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2082 Technology in Arts in Cultural Heritage 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2092 Psychology in the Real World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2093 Environmental Sociology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2094 Interdisciplinary Game Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2095 Urban Inequalities and Global Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2096 Citizen Science for Radical Change: Co-design, Art and Community 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2097 Art and Interdisciplinarity: Measuring the World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2098 Identity Politics and Trigger Warnings: Censored Novels 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC2099 Interactions in Music and Science 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BASC3004 Advanced Creative Writing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BENG2071 Open Source Synthetic Biology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CEGE1008 Engineering Thinking I 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
CLAS1208 Ancient Ideas in the Modern World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
ENVS1026 Looking, Making and Communicating 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
FINA6606 Methodologies of Drawing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
HEBR1007 Religion, State and Society in Modern European History 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
LAWS1014 Law in Action 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MATH1403 Mathematical Methods for Arts and Sciences 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
MECH2022 Engineering Design 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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