UCL-IoE merger

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


Admissions Tutor

Dr Jan Axmacher

Email: info@geog.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0520

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Key Facts

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Economics and Geography BSc (Econ)

UCAS code: LL17

Economics and geography have been moving ever closer in their concerns. The fields of development and the environment are obvious examples. This challenging combined-studies programme is designed to equip students with a thorough grounding in the theoretical principles and techniques of application in both fields.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA
Subjects Mathematics and Geography required, with A* in Mathematics.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs 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

IB Diploma

Points 39
Subjects A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics and grade 6 in Geography, 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

  • You will acquire a distinctive mix of theoretical and practical skills (including a range of analytical techniques, independent research skills and project work) and specialised knowledge.
  • At the end of the programme you will be able to analyse and evaluate policy choices in the fields you have studied and carry out research on a sound basis.
  • Resources include: computer clusters, together with specialist facilities for geographical information and satellite image analysis; science laboratories; a reference map collection; a dedicated reading room and first-class library facilities.
  • UCL's Geography and Economics Departments have both been very highly-rated in each of the Higher Education Funding Council Research Assessment Exercises.

The degree gives equal weight to both disciplines, although the balance can be modified in the final year. In each year you will receive regular course-related classes in economics and tutorials in geography.

In the first year, you will take two compulsory courses in Economics plus a course either on world economy or in statistical methods. In Geography, you take two core courses and two optional courses.

In the second year you will take two compulsory courses in Economics. A further two course credits are normally selected from the human geography second-year options.

In the final year four course credits are selected from any of the final year options. A minimum of three credits must be taken in both Economics and Geography over the second and third years. Most students do not take a dissertation in their final year but exceptions may be made.

Your learning

Your timetable will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and fieldwork. As you progress, the focus shifts to independent and critical learning, with student-led discussions and presentations becoming more important.


First-year assessment combines independent coursework completed throughout the year with written examinations taken at the end of the year. In the second and third years, the assessment may vary from course to course, some combining written examinations with various types of independent projects, some assessed solely by written examination.

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

Global Geographies
Writing and Analysis in Geography

Optional courses

You will select 2.0 credits of optional courses.

Economics options may include:

Introductory Statistical Methods
The World Economy
History of Economic Thought

Geography options may include:

London: A Geographical Introduction
Ideas in Geography
Environmental Change
Environmental Systems and Processes
Human Ecology: Geographical Perspectives

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Macroeconomic Theory and Practice

Optional courses

You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of second-year optional courses in Geography and Economics.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

All final year courses are optional.

Optional courses

You will select 4.0 credits from a wide range of second- or third-year optional courses in Economics and third-year optional courses in Geography.

Further details on department website: Economics and Geography BSc (Econ)


Having been trained in both sciences and humanities, UCL geographers are skilled in taking different perspectives on an issue, working independently and adapting to changing circumstances. Skills gained through the study of economics include finding solutions to real-world problems, mathematical skills and an enhanced understanding of political and economic events.

A degree combining Economics and Geography has proved very attractive to many employers, particularly those in business and commerce, the public sector and international organisations.

Geographers embark on many diverse careers: from teaching and research to commerce, planning and administration. Their expertise is valuable for environmental and physical planning, surveying and employme


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Venture Capital Research Intern, ALT Assets (2012)
  • Financial Analyst, Barclays (2011)
  • Investment Banker, VTB Capital (2011)
  • Corporate Analyst, Ernst and Young (2010)
  • Assistant Surveyor, Cushman and Wakefield (2010)

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

Your application

In the selection process we aim for there to be two-way communication so both you and the department can make the right choices. In addition to looking at your qualifications we will also be examining your personal statement for evidence of your interest in, and enthusiasm for, both geography and economics and for proficiency in key 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.


Most students are invited to attend an open day once they have been made an offer based on their predicted or actual A level (or equivalent) performance and their potential and aspirations. Our open days include student-led seminars, a tour of UCL and an assessed tutorial with a member of staff.

We are happy to consider applications for deferred entry, especially where interesting and productive plans are being made for the 'gap' year.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£16,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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