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Mr Carl Gombrich

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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£17,000 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

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

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise

Interdisciplinary programme: see contributing departments
(What is the RAE?)

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Arts and Sciences

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Arts and Sciences

Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc

UCAS Code: Y001

This exciting four-year programme provides great flexibility and choice, offering an interdisciplinary approach incorporating both arts and sciences specialisms with the opportunity to learn a foreign language and spend a year at a university abroad. Students create a bespoke programme and study innovative courses to enhance the link between disciplines.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA
Subjects A mixture of arts/humanities/social sciences and sciences/Mathematics. Major pathway requirements: Cultures or Societies: two arts/humanities/social sciences; Sciences and Engineering: Mathematics and one other science; Health and Environment: Chemistry or Biology, and one other science or social science. Specific requirements for each pathway can be obtained at: www.ucl.ac.uk/basc/prospective/application/requirementsFor more information about A level subject classification, see the BASc website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/basc/prospective/application/alevels
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 38
Subjects A score of 18 points in three higher level subjects with a mixture of arts/humanities/social sciences and sciences/Mathematics. Major pathway requirements: Cultures 9or Societies: either one higher level subject from groups 4 or 5 and two higher level subjects from groups 1,2,3,6; or three higher level subjects from groups 1,2,3,6 and two standard level subjects from groups 4 or 5, with grades of 6 in each. Sciences and Engineering: to include higher level Mathematics at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 4 or 5. Health and Environment: to include higher level Chemistry or Biology at grade 6 and a further higher level subject from groups 3,4 or 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Selected entry requirements will appear here

International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • UCL's Arts and Sciences programmes are unlike any other degree in the UK. They allow you to create a bespoke programme, incorporating both arts and science specialisms.
  • Responding to increased demand from employers for outstanding graduates with cross-disciplinary experience, these unique degrees will equip you with knowledge, skills and insight across arts and sciences subjects.
  • Spend your third year of study abroad at an approved university - either in an English-speaking country or in a country where your chosen foreign language is spoken.
  • Core courses will enhance your understanding of how different branches of knowledge interrelate. You will also develop your language skills and undertake an internship, giving you the chance to explore future employment options.

The programme offers a unique combination of specialist courses and an interdisciplinary core. The core courses enable you to acquire the skills and concepts you will need to work effectively across multiple disciplines. They link traditional UCL subjects in new ways, or explore the conceptual and methodological differences between arts and science subjects.

You will study a modern foreign language throughout your degree and, in the summer before your final year, you will gain work experience through an internship chosen to integrate with your studies and future aspirations. Possible internships include businesses, non-government organisations and voluntary organisations.

You will choose a major and a minor pathway on application; your pathways determine the subjects you can specialise in. We offer two arts pathways and two sciences pathways.

Cultures (Arts): Anthropology, Design and Visualisation, Cultural Studies, Film, History, History of Art, Languages, Literature, Philosophy

Societies (Arts): Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Economy, Politics, Sociology

Health and Environment (Sciences): Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedicine, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Psychology, Science and Technology Studies

Sciences and Engineering (Sciences): Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Science and Technology Studies, Statistics

Your Learning

You will be exposed to a wide range of learning opportunities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive groups and multimedia projects. Core courses will be taken alongside your fellow BASc students. Courses pertaining to your pathways will be taught by specialist staff from across UCL and will provide you with an opportunity to learn alongside students on other programmes.


Both your pathway subjects and the language component will be assessed by written examinations and essays. Project work and a dissertation will contribute to your overall assessment. You will be required to give presentations, work on group projects and multi media projects and participate in assessed debates.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Core courses

Approaches to Knowledge: Introduction to Interdisciplinarity
Interdisciplinary Research Methods
Quantitative Methods: Exploring Complexity


  • Cultures
  • Health and Environment
  • Sciences and Engineering
  • Societies
Choose three courses from your major pathway and one course from your minor pathway. Students choosing Cultures or Societies as their major must choose Health and Environment or Sciences and Engineering as their minor pathway, and vice versa. This ensures that you study a mix of arts and sciences courses throughout the programme.

Year Two

Core courses

Interdisciplinary Elective
Making Value Judgements: Qualitative Thinking
Object Lessons: Communicating Knowledge through Collections


As year one

Year Three

Year abroad at an approved university

Summer before final year


Final Year

Core courses

The Knowledge Economy


As year one

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

On graduation, you will have two academic specialisms, strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in a range of fields.

The Arts and Sciences programmes are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of exciting contemporary careers. One of the core courses in the final year will specifically explore ways in which employers in a range of fields acquire, use and value knowledge.

The employers with whom we regularly consult have commented that the degree will equip students with the breadth of knowledge, the cultural and quantitative awareness and the teamwork skills that they are looking for in graduate recruits. The hands-on experience provided by the summer internship is also highly valued.


The first cohort of students admitted to the Arts and Sciences four-year BASc programme are due to graduate after 2016. Therefore, information about career destinations for students on thess programmes is not yet available.

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


Your Application

Your application should provide evidence that you are:

  • Prepared for critical enquiry and in-depth academic work across a broad intellectual spectrum
  • Interested in engaging in wider societal, cultural and global issues
  • Interested in careers involving leadership, social entrepreneurship and intercultural exchange
  • Prepared to think critically and creatively to seek new connections between types of knowledge
  • Interested in combining non-standard areas of study in your degree.
  • How to Apply

    Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


    We recognise you may not be able to write a personal statement which reflects your interest in this programme and your other UCAS choices. This will not adversely affect your application. If your application demonstrates your eligibility, we will contact you to request an additional personal statement or completed questionnaire.

    If you fulfil our entry criteria and are resident in the UK, you will be invited to an open day/test day. Here you can meet staff, ask questions and discuss your suitability for the programme. You will also be given a one-hour lecture and test on that lecture. If you are resident outside the UK you will not be required to attend an open day, although we may contact you to discuss your application, or ask for an additional personal statement.
    On your UCAS application you must indicate your choice of major pathway in the 'Further Details' box.

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