Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

History, Politics and Economics BA

History, politics and economics are brought to life in the exciting context of Russia and Eastern Europe. This innovative degree brings together some of the most important approaches for understanding the social, cultural, economic and political world around us, developing skills essential for a wide range of future careers and activities.

Key Information

Degree Programme
History, Politics and Economics BA
UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Economics and Business
Total intake (by subject area)
105 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
64% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics preferred.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
English Language and History at grade B, plus 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

A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including Mathematics, 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 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics preferred.

AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), preferably including Mathematics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade A, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA, including Mathematics.

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

  • A feature of the History, Politics and Economics (HPE) degree is that you will not just study the three disciplines independently, but are given the opportunity to combine insights from different subjects.
  • The HPE programme provides a rigorous introduction to all three subjects in the first year, after which you choose to specialise in two subjects.
  • UCL SSEES is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the post-Soviet countries. The SSEES Library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.
  • Since our staff are active in research and consultancy at the frontiers of their subject, your teaching will draw on state-of-the-art knowledge.

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 History Politics and Economics (HPE) degree is carefully structured to give all students a solid foundation in each of the three subject pathways, while promoting increasing specialisation as the degree progresses.

Students choose two specialist disciplines in year two and one specialist discipline in the final year, which includes a research dissertation. This programme structure enables students to tailor their studies to their evolving interests, while also encouraging them to explore the interface between history, economics and politics in years two and three.

Throughout the programme students will learn about the histories, economies and societies of the wider European region, with a particular reference to central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the post-Soviet world.

By seeking to understand this diverse and distinctive area from the vantage point of its global interconnectedness and significance, this programme will thereby foster innovative perspectives that will be global in their reach.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Frontiers of History
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Politics: The Big Questions
Introduction to Politics: How Politics Works

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credit from a wide range of options. Options may include:

Foundation Language Course

At the end of year one students select two specialist tracks.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Depending on the specialist tracks selected, students will take one of the following courses:

Economic History and Ideas
Comparative Political Analysis
European Macroeconomics
History of Political Ideas
Topics in Microeconomics

Optional courses

Central European Politics and Society
Crown, Church and Estates in Central Europe 1500-1700
Emerging Market Economies
European Macroeconomics
Media, Culture and Society in the Soviet Union from Stalin to 1991
Political Economy of European Integration
Post-Soviet Politics and Society
Russian Politics and Society
Short Taught Dissertation with Coursework
South-East European Politics and Society
Successors to the Habsburgs: East-Central Europe 1914-1945
The Fall and Rise of the Polish Nation 1648-1921
The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia 1918-1991
Topics in Microeconomics

Final Year

Compulsory courses

1989: Crisis and the New Global Revolutions
Dissertation (must be one of the specialist disciplines from year two)

Optional courses

There are no optional courses in the final year

Your learning

You will be taught by a combination of interactive lectures and small-group tutorials. Tutorials will involve discussion, exercises, presentations and experiments. You will be set regular written work, including essays, policy analysis, exercises, online activities and posters.


Your assessment will be based on various types of written coursework, presentations, some unseen written examinations, and a final-year 10,000-word dissertation. Throughout the programme you will receive detailed feedback to help develop your skills and for the dissertation you will have an individual supervisor to provide support and advice.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: History, Politics and Economics BA.


We would expect graduates of this degree to have a multitude of transferable skills, combined with specialist knowledge of the region.

This degree might lead to careers in government service (UK and other EU states), international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy (economic, political risk, security, marketing), banking, financial services, law, media, teaching and the leisure industry, as well as further study.


The first cohort of students on this programme will not graduate until 2018. Therefore career destination information 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
£16,130 (2016/17)


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


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Modern European Languages Scholarship

Based on academic merit

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

We use your qualifications, predicted grades and personal statement to assess your suitability for this programme. Your personal statement should explain your motivation for applying for this multi-disciplinary programme and you should provide evidence of your interest in history, politics and economics, in the context of Russia, the former Soviet Union and central and Eastern Europe.

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


On the basis of our assessment of your application we will decide whether to make you an offer and if you are successful you will be invited to a post-offer open day (if you live in the UK).

This open day will include introductory talks providing more information about your chosen degree programme, the department, and our facilities and services. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and take a tour of UCL led by current students.

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