Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc

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.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc
UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Arts and Sciences
Total intake (by subject area)
120 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
Interdisciplinary programme: see contributing departments

Entry requirements

A Levels

A mixture of arts/humanities/social sciences and sciences/Mathematics. Major pathway requirements: Cultures or Societies: two arts/humanities/social sciences plus one science/Mathematics; Sciences and Engineering: Mathematics and one other science plus one arts/humanities/social science; Health and Environment: Chemistry or Biology, and one other science or social science plus one arts/humanities/social science.
For more information about A level subject classification, see the BASc website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/basc/prospective/application/alevels
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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

A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects with a mixture of arts/humanities/social sciences and sciences/Mathematics. Major pathway requirements: Cultures or 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 plus one higher level subject from groups 1,2,3,6. 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 plus one higher level subject from groups 1,2,3,6.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 or 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Please see A levels for subject requirements.

A1,A,A-A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A-A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Please see A levels for subject requirements.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade A, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades A*A-AA. Please see A Levels for subject requirements.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

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

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL's Arts and Sciences programmes 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 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.

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).

The programme offers a wide 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 and explore the conceptual and methodological differences between arts and science subjects.

You will study a modern foreign language throughout your degree and may 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. Our students have achieved internships with, for example, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Norton Rose Fulbright, the UN, Reuters, the Wellcome Trust and many other organisations and businesses.

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

Cultures (Humanities and Arts): Anthropology, Design and Visualisation, Cultural Studies, Drawing Methodology, Film and Documentary Film-Making, History, History of Art, Languages, Literature, Philosophy

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

Health and Environment (Sciences): Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedicine, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, 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

Year One

Core courses

Approaches to Knowledge: Introduction to Interdisciplinarity
Interdisciplinary Research Methods
Quantitative Methods 1: 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
Quantitative Methods 2: Data Science and Visualisation


As year one

Summer at the end of year two


Year Three

Year abroad at an approved partner university. Options are currently available in Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the USA.

Final Year

Core courses

The Knowledge Economy


As year one

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 relating to your pathway subjects 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 multimedia projects and participate in assessed debates.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Arts and Sciences with Study Abroad BASc.


On graduation, you will have at least 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 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 these programmes is not yet available.

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£18,670 (2016/17)


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


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


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 email you and ask you to complete a 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, but will be asked to complete a questionnaire and have a Skype interview instead.

On your UCAS application you must indicate your choice of major pathway in the 'Further Details' box.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students