UCL-IoE merger

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


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History, Politics and Economics BA

UCAS code: 4P47

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.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA
Subjects Mathematics preferred.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs 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

Points 38
Subjects A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including Mathematics, with no score below 5.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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 a supervisor to provide support and advice.

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

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 credits 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:

Comparative Political Analysis
European Macroeconomics
History of Political Ideas
History of Economic Thought
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 (Which must be one of the specialist disciplines from Year 2)

Optional courses


After graduating from this programme you will have expert knowledge relating to a region where complex issues of political change, economic development and international relations are reshaping national and social expectations.


The first cohort of students on this programme will not graduate until 2018. Therefore career destination information is not yet available.

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

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.


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.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£To be confirmed (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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