Information for Prospective Students

At undergraduate level, the Department of Economics offers the BSc Economics
(L100) and the BSc Economics with a Year Abroad (L101) degree programmes.
Detailed information on these two programmes is given in the L100 and L101

Please refer to the Admissions Process FAQs and the UCL Undergraduate
for information on how to apply.

BSc Economics Programme (L100)

L100 Frequently Asked Questions

This is a three-year single-subject degree programme and provides a thorough grounding in economic theory, along with the technical tools, mathematics and statistics, to assist in mastering the theory.

The first-year curriculum contains compulsory courses on economic theory, applied economics, mathematics and statistics.  There is also the opportunity to take optional courses in or outside the department.  In the second year, students take compulsory course units in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.  They are also required to take a fourth unit course or two half-unit courses, which may be taken in or outside the department.  Economics options available to second-year students include finance, money and banking, labour economics and environmental economics.  In the third year, students are again required to take four course units, of which at least three must be economics and at least two from a list of advanced economics courses not available to second-year students.  Third-year courses are concerned with particular fields of application (industrial economics, international economics, economic development), advanced theory (game theory, economics of information) and further topics in econometrics.

Most third-year courses introduce students to research papers and current research, including that of staff members.  Students benefit from instruction by members of staff whose research impacts directly on the policy process, for example via contacts with the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Department for Business, Innovation and skills.

BSc Economics with a Year Abroad (L101)

L101 Frequently Asked Questions

This is a four-year single-subject degree programme, which includes a year of study abroad.

The first, second and final years of this four-year degree are the same as those of the three-year L100 Economics BSc (Econ) degree with the third year spent studying economics at a university overseas.

At the end of the programme, students will be able to demonstrate all the core competencies of the L100 Economics BSc (Econ) degree as well as transferable skills such as adaptability, flexibility and sensitivity to cultural differences, all of which are key to a successful career in a truly international discipline.

Further information

Further information on the L100 and L101 degree programmes can be found in the following publications, which are available online:

UCL Undergraduate Prospectus

L100 Subject Booklet

L101 Subject Booklet

Undergraduate Modules in Economics
(Note: courses offered and their content vary from year to year)

How to Apply

All applications for the Economics L100 and L101 courses are received through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).  UCL’s UCAS code is UCL U80, and the course codes are L100 for the three-year Economics BSc (Econ) and L101 for the four-year Economics BSc (Econ) With a Year Abroad.  For information on the procedure and documentation required, please refer to the UCAS website at:

Admissions Process Frequently Asked Questions

Standard Entrance Requirements for L100 and L101

Contacting the Economics Department

If you have an enquiry regarding admission to the Economics degree programmes, please refer to the above information which is designed to answer standard queries.  If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Department’s Undergraduate Admissions Office at:

Joint Degrees

UCL also offers a number of joint degrees which are run by other departments. These programmes are listed below and you can access the relevant section of the Undergraduate Prospectus by clicking on the programme name.

Economics and Business with East European Studies (L1R7/L1RR)
Run by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

Economics and Geography (LL17)
Run by the Geography Department

European Social and Political Studies (R990)
Run by the ESPS Department

Philosophy and Economics (VL51)
Run by the Philosophy Department

Mathematics with Economics (G1LC/G1L1)
Run by the Mathematics Department

Statistics, Economics and Finance (GLN0)
Run by the Statistical Science Department

Statistics, Economics and Language (GLR0)
Run by the Statistical Science Department