Economics and geography have been moving ever closer in their concerns. The fields of development and the environment are obvious examples. This challenging combined-studies programme is designed to equip students with a thorough grounding in the theoretical principles and techniques of application in both fields.
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 4 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 130 (2017 entry)*
- Mathematics and Geography required, with A* in Mathematics.
- 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
- A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics and grade 6 in Geography, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics grade D2 and Geography grade D3
A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including Mathematics at grade A1 and Geography at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA, including Mathematics and Geography.
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
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
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: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- You will acquire a distinctive mix of theoretical and practical skills (including a range of analytical techniques, independent research skills and project work) and specialised knowledge.
- At the end of the programme you will be able to analyse and evaluate policy choices in the fields you have studied and carry out research on a sound basis.
- 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.
- UCL Geography and UCL Economics have both been very highly rated in the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Geography.
- 81% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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 degree gives equal weight to both disciplines, although the balance can be modified in the final year. In each year you will receive regular course-related classes in economics in geography.
In the first year, you will take two compulsory modules in Economics and one optional module. In Geography, you take three core modules and one optional module.
In the second year you will take two compulsory modules in Economics and a module in economic geography. A further 1.5 credits are normally selected from the Geography second-year options.
In the final year you will take a further module in economic geography plus 3.5 credits from any of the final-year options. A minimum of three credits must be taken in both Economics and Geography over the second and third years. Most students do not take a dissertation in their final year but exceptions may be made.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Ideas in Geography
Introduction to Mathematics for Economists
Writing and Analysis in Geography
You will select 0.5 credits of optional modules from Economics and 0.5 credits of optional modules from Geography.
Economics options may include:
History of Economic Thought
Statistical Methods in Economics
The World Economy
Geography options may include:
Environmental Systems and Processes
Human Ecology: Geographical Perspectives
London: A Geographical Introduction
Macroeconomic Theory and Practice
You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of second-year optional modules in Geography and in Economics (maximum 0.5 credit unit).
You will select 4.0 credits from a wide range of second- or third-year optional modules in Economics and in Geography, ensuring that a minimum of three units has been taken in each subject over years two and three.
Your timetable will include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. As you progress, the focus shifts to independent and critical learning, with student-led discussions becoming more important.
First-year assessment combines independent coursework completed throughout the year with written examinations taken at the end of the year. In the second and third years, the assessment may vary from course to course, some combining written examinations with various types of independent projects, some assessed solely by written examination.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Economics and Geography BSc (Econ).
Having been trained in both sciences and humanities, UCL geographers are skilled in taking different perspectives on an issue, working independently and adapting to changing circumstances. Skills gained through the study of economics include finding solutions to real-world problems, mathematical skills and an enhanced understanding of political and economic events.
A degree combining economics and geography has proved very attractive to many employers, particularly those in business and commerce, the public sector and international organisations.
Geographers embark on many diverse careers: from teaching and research to commerce, planning and administration. Their expertise is valuable for environmental and physical planning, and surveying and.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- Audit Assistant, KPMG
- Analyst, Transport for London
- Venture Capital Research Intern, ALT Assets
- Analyst, Deutsche Bank
- Research Associate, Institute for Fiscal Studies
*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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.
“My interests lie in the development sector and being a part of a student society (UCL Global Development Initiatves) helped me understand where to look for career opportunities in this area. While at UCL, the careers service helped me in understanding how to improve my CV as well as face interviews, which I feel has helped me in my career.”Janani Balasubramaniam - Economics and Geography BSc (Econ) (2012)
“I decided to study at UCL because of its status as one of the most global and diverse universities in the world. I particularly appreciate the fact that the Geography modules are taught by excellent scholars who are passionate about their fields of research.”Lorenzo Falcucci - Economics and Geography BSc (Econ) (First Year)
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £16,690 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
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, both geography and economics 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.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
Most students are invited to attend an open day once they have been made an offer based on their predicted or actual A level (or equivalent) performance and their potential and aspirations. Our open 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.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students