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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£19,500 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

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

Key Facts

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Social and Historical Sciences

Geography BSc

UCAS Code: F800

This is an integrated geography programme which combines physical and human geography as well as offering opportunities for specialisation. Those choosing the BSc will usually have studied science subjects at A level or equivalent, but it is possible to transfer to the BA if your interests develop differently.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA-AAB
Subjects Geography grade A required.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. 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 36-38
Subjects A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in Geography, with no score below 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

  • You will gain a broad range of practical skills enabling you to work successfully in the public and private sectors in the UK and around the world.
  • We offer an exceptionally wide range of optional courses and have a particularly low staff-student ratio, encouraging individual choice and personal supervision.
  • We are proud of our research record which has been very highly-rated in each of the Higher Education Funding Council Research Assessment Exercises.
  • Resources include: computer clusters, together with specialist facilities for geographical information and satellite image analysis; science laboratories; a reference map collection; a dedicated reading room and first-class library facilities.

The Geography BA and BSc share core elements and it is your personal interests, and the options you wish to pursue, that should shape your choice. In your first year you take three core courses and five options.

In year two, compulsory courses are supplemented by your choice of six options. It is possible to focus your selection around systematic themes such as development, environmental management, or social and cultural change.

Your dissertation is the main focus of year three. In addition you take further options, which may include participation in exchange programmes with universities in Australia, Canada, Europe or Singapore.

Fieldwork in the first and second years is normally UK-based, but some third-year options include field trips outside the UK, and it is possible to base your dissertation on an overseas project. Recent destinations include Australia, Belize, India, Montserrat and Papua New Guinea. Some financial support may be available through expedition funds.

Your Learning

Your timetable will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and fieldwork. As you progress, the focus shifts to independent and critical learning, with student-led discussions and presentations becoming more important.


First-year assessment combines coursework completed throughout the year with end-of-year written examinations. In the second and final years, assessment may vary, some courses combining written examinations with independent projects, some assessed solely by written examination. Your dissertation carries significant weight in your final year.

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

Compulsory courses

Data Acquisition and Interpretation
Ideas in Geography
Writing and Analysis in Geography

Optional courses

You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of first-year Geography options and other undergraduate options. Geography options may include:

Environmental Change
Environmental Systems and Processes
Global Geographies
Human Ecology: Geographical Perspectives
London: A Geographical Introduction

Year Two

Compulsory courses

The Practice of Geography

Optional courses

You will select 3.5 credits of options, including at least one of the following:

Methods in Human Geography
Methods in Physical Geography.

Other Geography options may include:

Cultural and Historical Geography
Development Geography
Ecological Patterns and Processes
Environment and Society
Environmental Remote Sensing
GIS and Geodemographics
Political Geography and Geopolitics
Reconstructing Past Environments
Statistics for Environmental Geographers
Urban Geography

Final Year

Compulsory courses


Optional courses

You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of third-year Geography options and other undergraduate options. Geography options may include:

Asian Cities in a Globalising South
Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Comparative Urbanism
Gendered Geographies
Independent Study
Principles and Practice of Remote Sensing
Overseas Fieldclass: Berlin or Greece
Restoration and Management of Freshwater Ecosystems
Wetland Environments

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

Having been trained in both sciences and humanities, UCL geographers are skilled in taking different perspectives on an issue, working independently to complete a project and adapting to changing circumstances.

Geographers embark on many diverse careers: from teaching and research to commerce, planning and administration. Their expertise is valuable for environmental and physical planning, surveying and employment in government, industry and the financial sector.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, MSc in Aquatic Science at UCL (2011)
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant, KPMG (2010)
  • Officer, Royal Marines (2010)
  • Urban Planner, Singaporean Government (2009)
  • Management Trainee, Lloyds Banking Group (2009)

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


Your Application

In the selection process we aim for there to be two-way communication so both you and the department can make the right choices. In addition to looking at your qualifications we will also be examining your personal statement for evidence of your interest in and enthusiasm for geography and for proficiency in key skills.

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.


Most students are invited to attend a selection day based on their predicted or actual A level (or equivalent) performance and their potential and aspirations. Our selection days include student-led seminars, a tour of UCL and an assessed tutorial with a member of staff.

We are happy to consider applications for deferred entry, especially where interesting and productive plans are being made for the 'gap' year.

The Geography BA and BSc degrees follow similar paths. Although it makes no difference to the course choices open to you, most applicants base their degree choice on the A level (or equivalent) subjects they have followed: BA if they have taken arts or social science, BSc for those with sciences. It is possible to transfer if your interest develops in a different direction.

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