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Your study options

What are my study options?

You normally apply to one subject area, which is typically linked to the subject area at your home institution. Once you arrive at UCL you will be expected to take the majority of your modules within this area. You can also choose modules from other subject areas, although be aware that this cannot be guaranteed – prerequisites may apply and spaces on certain modules may be limited.­­­­

For most subjects you can also apply for joint admission to two subject areas, e.g. Economics and Mathematics.

There are some exceptions:

  • Architecture modules are only available to students admitted directly to this subject area.
  • Computer Science modules are only available to students admitted directly to this subject area
  • Level 2 and 3 Economics modules are only available to students admitted directly to this subject area.
  • English Language and Literature modules are only available to students admitted directly to this subject area.
  • Students admitted to Fine Art (the UCL Slade School) must take their entire credit load within this area and may not select any other modules.
  • Law modules are only available to students admitted to the Faculty of Laws. Students admitted to Laws are usually from institutions with pre-existing reciprocal exchanges.

    If you have a specialised interest, or any required modules for your home degree programme, we recommend that you get in touch wtih the relevant Affiliate contact for your subject area(s) to enquire whether your modules will be available. You will be able to select your modules once you have completed the pre-enrolment process online and these will be finalised once you arrive at UCL and consult with your own Affiliate Tutor. Applicants wishing to combine modules offered by the UCL Institute of Education with other UCL departments will need to seek formal agreement from both departments during the enrolment period.

    Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered as a representative sample. These lists are not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2021/22, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on the subject pages, before making an application.

    Find your subject area

    How your study is structured

    The UCL academic year begins in September and is divided into three terms. Most of the teaching takes place in the first (Autumn/Fall) and second (Spring) terms, with the third (Summer) term reserved for revision (review) and examinations.

    Most study abroad students apply for one term, although it is possible to apply for the full year. Those applying for term entry only have the choice of attending for the Autumn (Fall) Term only, or the Spring and Summer Terms.

    Some departments allow entry only for the full year, so you should check availability before applying.

    Term Dates


    When do modules run, and how will I be assessed?

    Modules may be taught over the full year, or over one term – you can find out how long our modules are, and when they run, by looking at the listings in this guide. Sometimes a module is marked as being available for the year and for one, or both, terms – this means that it is possible for Term-only students to take half of a full-year course and gain credit for it.

    Assessment methods will vary but, wherever possible, you will be assessed in exactly the same way as home UCL students.


    Can I study at UCL during my university break?

    If you're unable to join us for a whole year or semester but would like to come to UCL for a shorter-term period of study, we also run a Summer School, where students can join us for three or six weeks over the UK summer.

    Find out more about UCL's Summer School

    Potential changes in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

    Please note that information regarding teaching, learning and assessment on the UCL Study Abroad Programme website endeavours to be as accurate as possible. However, in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and the possibility of updates in government guidance, there may need to be changes to academic programmes. UCL will keep current students and prospective students updated of any changes to their chosen programme of study as soon as information becomes available. 

    You should revisit this Study Abroad website, as well as relevant departmental websites, before making any decisions to ensure that you are viewing UCL's most up-to-date published information. 

    Any specific questions about UCL degree programmes and Coronavirus can be addressed to the UCL academic department by using the contact details given on the relevant programme page. For updates on UCL and Coronavirus, please visit UCL Coronavirus website.