UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.


Admissions Officer

Ms Tessa Robinson

Email: tessa.robinson@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3275

Key Facts

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European Social and Political Studies: Dual Degree BA

UCAS code: R992

Students on this dual degree will benefit from the reputation and teaching specialisms of both UCL and Sciences Po in France. The programme offers specialisation in a humanities or social science subject, combined with a broad base in history, law, politics and philosophy, and fluency in a European language.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA
Subjects A humanities or social science subject (or Mathematics) preferred. Mathematics at A* required for full Economics specialism if chosen. French or Spanish required if one of these is to be studied as a major language. Other language requirements may apply depending on major language and campus applied for (see www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/r992-entry).
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language 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

Points 39
Subjects A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. Higher level subjects to include French B or Spanish B at grade 6 if one of these is to be studied as a major language. Other language requirements may apply depending on major language and campus applied for (see www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/r992-entry). A humanities or social science (or Mathematics) subject preferred. Mathematics at higher level at grade 7 is required for the full Economics specialism if chosen.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Spend your first two years of study at Sciences Po, the most prestigious institution for social and political sciences in France.
  • Benefit from UCL's world-class teaching system and the insights of its renowned humanities, language and social sciences scholars.
  • The complementarity of social science and humanities specialisms on offer at UCL and Sciences Po enables a cohesive programme of study throughout your degree.
  • The programme offers international mobility and an overseas experience. These features have become invaluable assets for all young graduates starting a career.

You will spend your first two years of study at Sciences Po. Students may choose from the following five campuses: Paris, Poitiers, Menton, Nancy and Dijon. Students specialising in French may choose from any one of the five campuses. For other languages, the destinations are as follows: Spanish - Poitiers, German - Nancy, Dijon or Paris, Italian - Menton, Dijon or Paris. Courses fall into three groupings: common core courses; language courses and social sciences electives. The European common core involves working in a multidisciplinary environment, gaining insights into a range of academic disciplines and engaging critically with competing analytical perspectives.

You will undertake language study throughout the programme, selecting one language on which to concentrate.

You may specialise in any of these major subjects: Economics, History, International Relations, Law, Philosophy, and Politics.

The major European languages that you can study include: French, German, Italian, Spanish.

Your learning

Your formal timetable will involve a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops. As well as the core courses, and courses designed specifically for students of this dual degree at Sciences Po and UCL, you will choose options in other departments according to your area of specialisation. This gives you access to a range of UCL's successful teaching approaches.


Your work will be assessed by written examination, assessed essay and presentation.

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).

Year One and Year Two

Sciences Po

Language-based courses
Core courses in Law, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology
Specialisation via optional courses in a social science or humanities subject

Year Three & Year Four


Language-based courses
Further courses in your chosen area of specialisation
Extended research essay

Further details on department website: European Social and Political Studies: Dual Degree BA


The Dual Degree gives you the wide-ranging employability of graduates in PPE or International Relations, but with the added maturity of study in two different countries, and the advantage of fluency in a European language - essential for anyone seeking a career in a European context, and increasingly valuable for the financial sector or media posts.

ESPS and Sciences Po graduates combine specialised knowledge of a humanities or social science with a broad foundation in economics, law, history, sociology and politics and, importantly, proficiency in another language or languages. On top of this, they have the independence born of studying in two countries.

In particular, students are able to demonstrate their aptitude for research by writing a research essay. This unique combination yields a significant advantage when it comes to securing funding for further research or getting a foothold on a competitive career ladder.

A wide variety of sectors are open to Sciences Po and ESPS graduates including auditing, finance, journalism and media.


The first cohort of students on this programme is due to graduate in 2016; therefore no information about their career destinations is currently available. First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of the ESPS BA include:

  • Financial Analyst, HSBC (2012)
  • Full-time student, DPhil in Political Science at Oxford University (2012)
  • Civil Servant (Fast Track), UK Government (2012)
  • Junior Associate, Laven Partners (2011)
  • Full-time student, Master in Communications at Sciences Po, Paris (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

When we assess your application, we will be looking for a firm interest in social and political issues, including a demonstration of your ability to grasp theoretical concepts and analyse social trends. Your achievement in examinations is crucial but we also pay careful attention to your motivation and interests as expressed in your personal statement, and your referee's report.

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.


If you live in Europe and you meet (or are expected to meet) our selection criteria, you will be invited to an assessment day. This will involve sitting the Thinking Skills Assessment Test (at UCL) and an interview conducted by Sciences Po staff.

If you are resident in a country outside Europe you will be interviewed by telephone, and asked to submit an essay on a set topic written under examination conditions.

You should state clearly on your UCAS application which modern European language you wish to study as your major language as well as the campus you wish to study at.

Further information about the languages offered and their specific requirements can be found on the ESPS website.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

€0 - €9,800 (depending on household income) for first two years at Sciences Po; £9,000 final two years at UCL (2014/15)

Overseas fee

€9,800 for first two years at Sciences Po; £15,200 final two years at UCL (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

Specific funding notes

Details about financial support for 2013 entry are available at Po: http://admissions.sciences-po.fr/en/financial-support.

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