Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2018

Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods BSc

This BSc focuses on understanding the social and economic forces shaping our world. Crucially, it combines this with a rigorous training in the highly valued quantitative techniques and data analysis skills needed to examine them. You will study at least three social science disciplines including sociology and economics.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
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 score of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18-23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.

AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher).

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA-AAB.

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

  • The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for education and social science, ranked first in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

  • A multidisciplinary programme (drawing on different social science subjects) which allows you to choose from a wide range of modules and tailor the programme to your own interests.

  • Part of the UCL Q-Step Centre - a new and advanced training centre offering students unique opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. There are also opportunities for summer school short courses and paid internships.

  • You will be trained in specialist quantitative skills, which are in short supply in the labour market and are highly rewarded in a range of professions including government, academia, journalism, financial analysis and marketing.

Degree structure

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).

Year one provides a firm foundation in the core disciplines of sociology, economics, psychology. It also covers the principles and practice of social inquiry, and the basics of data analysis.

In all years you will choose optional modules from other social science subjects across UCL.

In years two and three you continue with advanced modules in quantitative data analysis, study subjects across the social sciences, and undertake a dissertation. You may also opt to spend your third year abroad, returning to UCL for your final year of study.


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

Core or compulsory module(s)

Introduction to Economics 1
Introduction to Economics 2
Introduction to Sociology
Social Change in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Quantitative Methods
Principles and Practice of Social Inquiry

Optional modules

You will choose 1.0 credit of optional modules, including but not restricted to the following:

Psychology: The Science of Behaviour
Understanding Social Policy
Families in Society
Epidemiological Transition (or other Population Health module)

Core or compulsory module(s)

Data Analysis

Optional modules

You will choose 3.0 credits of optional modules, including but not restricted to the following:

Social Inequality and Mobility
Demography and the Life Course
Economics of Public Policy
Economics of Children and Families
Health and Social Epidemiology
Work and Employment Relations
Sociology of Childhood
Social Psychology

Core or compulsory module(s)

Causal Analysis
Advanced Topics in Quantitative Data Analysis

Optional modules

You will choose 2.0 credits of optional modules, including but not restricted to the following:

Randomised Control Trial
International Comparison for the Social Sciences
Economics of Higher Education

Your learning

Teaching will be delivered through lectures, seminars allowing in-depth discussion, computer laboratory classes analysing a range of different social science data, group work, and UCL's virtual learning environment.


Assessment is through a mix of examinations, practical exercises, essays, individual and group presentations and a dissertation in the final year of study. The weight given to each assessment method will vary across modules to ensure manageable workloads throughout the programme.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods BSc.


The UCL Q-Step Centre was set up in the UK as part of a £19.5 million programme to combat the shortage of quantitative skills in the social sciences. You will have access to summer courses, specialist training, workshops and conferences, and personal tutoring throughout the programme.

Having a quantitative degree will increase your job opportunities as graduates with strong quantitative skills and social science insights are in short supply. Professions include government departments, academia, journalism, financial analysis and marketing. The breadth and depth of the social science subjects and the methodological training provided by this degree will also equip students for Master's or PhD study.


The first cohort of students admitted to the Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods BSc is due to graduate in 2019. Therefore, information about career destinations for students on this programme 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 2013-2015 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. 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
£19,390 (2018/19)

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

In your personal statement you should demonstrate a genuine interest in social science issues. You should be interested in exploring key issues such as those related to education, inequality, health and illness, poverty, social mobility or social welfare. A preference for a multidisciplinary approach rather than limiting yourself to one discipline will also be an advantage.

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 2018


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