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  • Start date: September 2016

Economics and Geography BSc (Econ)

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.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Economics and Geography BSc (Econ)
UCAS code
LL17
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Geography
Total intake
140 (2016 entry)
Applications per place
7 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
Mathematics and Geography required, with A* in Mathematics.
AS Levels
For UK-based students 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
39
Subjects
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:

Equivalent qualification

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 Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*, including Mathematics and Geography.

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: Good

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

Degree benefits

  • 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.

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 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 courses in Economics and one optional course. In Geography, you take three core courses and one optional course.

In the second year you will take two compulsory courses in Economics and a course 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 course 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.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Economics
Global Geographies
Ideas in Geography
Introduction to Mathematics for Economists
Writing and Analysis in Geography

Optional courses

You will select 0.5 credits of optional courses from Economics and 0.5 credits of optional courses from Geography.

Economics options may include:

History of Economic Thought
Statistical Methods in Economics
The World Economy

Geography options may include:

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

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Economic Geography
Macroeconomic Theory and Practice
Microeconomics

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of second-year optional courses in Geography.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Economic Geography II

Optional courses

You will select 3.5 credits from a wide range of second- or third-year optional courses in Economics and in Geography.

Your learning

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.

Assessment

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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Economics and Geography BSc (Econ).

Careers

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.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Audit Assistant, KPMG (2013)
  • Analyst, Transport for London (2012)
  • Venture Capital Research Intern, ALT Assets (2012)
  • Financial Analyst, Barclays (2011)
  • Investment Banker, VTB Capital (2011)

*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

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£16,200 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding

Scholarships

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

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 2016



Selection

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