Arts and Sciences (BASc)


Prof Carl Gombrich

Carl has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002. He taught physics at UCL and served as Principal to UCL’s UPC courses until 2010. In September 2010, he was appointed as Programme Director, Arts and Sciences (BASc) to lead the development and launch of UCL’s major new interdisciplinary liberal Arts and Sciences BASc degrees.

Carl is a regular speaker at events on interdisciplinarity and liberal arts and sciences both in the UK and abroad, including the 2015 Harvard-AUC conference in Shanghai, the Global Leaders in Arts and Sciences event in Tokyo and as a keynote speaker for the HEA. He researches and writes about many themes related to contemporary liberal and interdisciplinary education, including the future of work, notions of expertise and the history of education. He was a member of the British Academy Working Group on Interdisciplinarity. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Professorial Teaching Fellow at UCL. Some of his publications can be view at  researchgate.

Carl says: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead such an exciting programme and to share with students the value of interdisciplinary learning. I believe this value will stay with them for life and will be an asset to them in all future employment and in academic research. I am also delighted to head up such a strong team of academics and interdisciplinarians who are contributing to this flagship initiative. The intellectual excitement that these colleagues bring from their own high-profile work, interests and engagements is a valuable asset to students on this unique and forward-looking degree."


Carl is the module convenor for BASC0001 Approaches to Knowledge and BASC0023 The Knowledge Economy: Consultancy Project.