Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2019

Human Sciences and Evolution MSci

The Human Sciences and Evolution MSci is unique to UCL, and builds upon the Human Sciences BSc. This interdisciplinary degree draws on teaching from a range of science and non-science departments, and allows students to extend their specialised knowledge of human evolution.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Science subject required, preferably Biology.
(contextual offer)
ABB (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
Science subject required, preferably Biology, at grade A.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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 including science (preferably Biology at grade 6), with no score below 5.
(contextual offer)
34 (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects including science subject (preferably Biology) at grade 6, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

Equivalent qualification

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).

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA, including a science subject (preferably Biology).

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

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.

Degree benefits

  • 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.

  • This degree programme has 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 guest speaker series.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

In your first year you will follow a common syllabus, taking modules in human structure and function (anatomy, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics), and human interactions (anthropology and psychology). Students may also choose between the modules Human Ecology, Revealing Science, and a module in a modern foreign language.

In year two you will take the compulsory modules The Human Sciences in Society (in which you will work in a group to explore a topic of your group's choice within the social sciences) and Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing. In year three your compulsory module is the Human Sciences Seminar Project in which you will write a dissertation on a topic related to human evolution. You will choose your remaining modules in years two and three from the extensive range of options offered by Anthropology and Biosciences.

Subject to satisfactory performance in years one and two, students have the option of undertaking a 2.0 credit field course module at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya in either the Autumn or Spring Term.

In year four you will carry out a research project and choose modules in human evolutionary sciences.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Introduction to Human Sciences
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Genetics
Introduction to Human Anatomy
Introduction to Psychology for Biologists
Mammalian Physiology

Optional modules

Human Ecology: Geographical Perspectives
Revealing Science
Modern Foreign Language

to the value of 0.5 credits.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing
The Human Sciences in Society

Optional modules

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide choice of optional modules in Anthropology and Biosciences. Examples include:

Animal Biodiversity
Evolutionary Genetics
Human Behavioural Ecology
Vertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution

Core or compulsory module(s)

Human Sciences Seminar Project

Optional modules

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide choice of optional modules in Anthropology and Biosciences. Examples include:

Human Genetics
Molecular Evolution
Sex, Genes and Evolution
Species, Biodiversity and Conservation
Vertebrate Life and Evolution

Core or compulsory module(s)

Human Evolutionary Sciences Research Project

Optional modules

You will select 2.0 credits from a choice of optional modules. Examples include:

Advanced Human Evolution
Anthropological and Archaeological Genetics
Human Behavioural Ecology
Primate Behaviour and Ecology

Your learning

First-year core modules are taught through lectures, small-group tutorials, workshops, practicals and laboratory sessions. Your second-year core modules will also involve group work and debates. Optional modules will be taught in a variety of ways according to the nature of the module and the usual practice of the teaching department concerned.


Assessments include essays, web-based examinations, written examinations, practical reports, briefing papers and debating performance. Third and fourth-year dissertations are assessed on the basis of the written reports, but you will also be required to make a short presentation of these in the second term.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Human Sciences and Evolution MSci.


Graduates of the programme will be scientifically literate, numerate and able to communicate across a wide range of disciplines.

Human Sciences graduates have entered a variety of careers: journalism, nutrition, science communication, management, accountancy, teaching and the finance industry.

A number of graduates pursue further studies, including Master's degrees in various fields and qualifications in law and medicine.


The first cohort of students admitted to the Human Sciences and Evolution MSci is due to graduate in 2019. Therefore, information about career destinations for students on this programme is not yet available. Please see first destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) from Human Sciences BSc at UCL for a selection of representative careers

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 2014-2016 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£24,040 (2018/19)

Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


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.

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.

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

Your application

When assessing your application we will be looking for proven and predicted examination performance, evidence of your interest in human evolutionary sciences, your understanding of what the degree entails, and your initiative, motivation and communication 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 2019


Candidates will be considered on the basis of their UCAS application. Selected candidates will be invited to attend an open day, which will include introductory talks about UCL, the UCL Biosciences Division, and the Human Sciences and Evolution degree. You will be given a tour of UCL and the opportunity to meet current students.

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