UCL is one of the few universities in the UK to offer a Human Sciences programme. This interdisciplinary degree draws on teaching from a range of departments, and offers enormous flexibility and opportunity for you to develop your own areas of interest and specialisation in the study of humankind.
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 4 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 37 (2017 entry)*
- Science subject required, preferably Biology.
- 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 18 points in three higher level subjects including science (preferably Biology at grade 6), 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
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including a science subject (preferably Biology).
AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including a science subject (preferably Biology) at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA, including a science subject. Preferably to include Biology.
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 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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 benefit from being exposed to a variety of disciplinary approaches in the contributing departments and access to outstanding departmental resources.
- The programme offers a wide choice of individual module combinations from life sciences, social and historical sciences and physical sciences.
- Strong pastoral and academic support. The Human Sciences Tutor and your Personal Tutor will be available for consultation on structuring your programme.
- A student committee organises academic and social events for Human Sciences students, such as a series of guest speakers.
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: Division of Biosciences.
- Interdisciplinary programme: see contributing departments
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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).
In your first year you mostly follow a common syllabus, taking modules in human structure and function (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and genetics) and in human interactions (anthropology and psychology). Students may also choose between modules in Human Ecology, Revealing Science and a modern foreign language.
In year two you take the compulsory module, The Human Sciences in Society, in which students work in a group to explore a topic of their choice within the social sciences, and Statistical Methods in Computing.
In year three your compulsory course is the Human Sciences Seminar Project, wherein you design and carry out a small research project, which you write up as a dissertation.
You choose your remaining modules in years two and three from the extensive range of options in biomedical, biological, environmental, social, historical or philosophical areas.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Human Anatomy
Introduction to Psychology for Biologists
Human Ecology: Geographical Perspectives
Modern Foreign Language
to the value of 0.5 credits.
The Human Sciences in Society
Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide choice of optional modules. Popular examples include:
Clinical and health Psychology
Human Anatomy and Embryology
Human Behavioural Ecology
Human Sciences Seminar Project
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide choice of optional modules, examples include:
Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time
Disease in History
Evolution and Human Behaviour
Policy Issues in the Life Sciences
Teaching in the first year is by lectures, small-group tutorials, workshops, practicals and laboratory sessions. Your second-year core module will involve lectures, group work and debates. The optional modules taken in other departments will be taught in a variety of ways according to the nature of the module and the usual practice of the department concerned.
Assessments include essays, web-based examinations, written examinations, practical reports, briefing papers and debating performance. The third-year dissertation is assessed solely on the written report; however you will be required to make a short presentation of your topic in the second term.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Human Sciences BSc.
The programme aims to provide a wide, scientific knowledge of the life of humans. Graduates of the programme will be scientifically literate, numerate and easily able to communicate across a wide range of disciplines.
The Human Sciences BSc teaches a broad base of knowledge across many different subject areas. It is therefore no surprise that graduates have entered a variety of careers: journalism, nutrition, science communication, management, accountancy, teaching and the finance industry, to mention a few.
A number of graduates pursue further studies, including Master's degrees in various fields, and, although the degree is not intended as a preliminary to them, qualifications in law and medicine.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:
- Business Banker, Barclays
- Full-time student, MA in International Relations and Development at PO - Paris Institute of Political Sciences
- Graduate Trainee Manager, Synergy Health
- Consultant, EY
- Full-time student, MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at UCL
*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.
“At UCL self-study and determination is encouraged; the nature of assessments is also such that critical thinking and reflection are prerequisites. I believe that this kind of learning, freedom and independence will better prepare me for the future.”Aishwarya Manjunath - Human Sciences BSc (Second 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
- £21,320 (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
The Human Sciences BSc is very popular, consequently entry to the programme is competitive. When assessing your application we will be looking for proven and predicted examination performance, and also for evidence of your interest in both sciences and humanities, for example in the breadth of your A level or other qualifying studies.
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
All candidates will be considered on the basis of their UCAS application. Criteria will include proven and predicted academic performance and a clear demonstration of your desire to study a broad-based interdisciplinary degree, your understanding of what the degree entails, and your initiative, motivation and communication skills.
Selected candidates who are resident in the UK will be invited to attend an open day. Your visit will include introductory talks about UCL, UCL Division of Biosciences, and the Human Sciences degree. You will also be given a tour of UCL and the opportunity to meet current Human Sciences students.
Candidates resident outside the UK will not be required to attend an open day.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students