Experience world-class teaching from leading experts with an unrivalled choice of academic modules.
Wide range of modules
With a wide range of undergraduate credit-bearing modules on offer, from many of our renowned academic departments, you can choose the subject best suited to your academic or personal interests.
The UCL Summer School is divided into two sessions, each spanning three weeks. You can choose to attend Session One, Session Two or both sessions, taking one module per session.
All modules include 45 contact hours and approximately 100 additional study hours across three weeks. This represents a full-time commitment, so we do not recommend studying or working full-time alongside the UCL Summer School.
Most Summer School modules require no prior subject knowledge, although some do prefer a background in certain areas.
Level one modules
The majority of modules are at level one, which is the equivalent to first year undergraduate.
Most of these modules do not require any prior subject knowledge and only the standard Summer School entry requirements apply.
The aim of each level one module is to provide an introduction to subject areas you may not have studied before. Many take an interdisciplinary approach and will help you view a subject from a fresh perspective, either on a global scale, or through the unique lens of London.
Level two and three modules
Some modules are at level two or three, meaning some prior subject knowledge is required in addition to the standard entry requirements. Where this is the case, details of prerequisites are provided on individual module pages.
Level two and level three modules aim to take prior learning in a subject area to the next level.
Teaching and quality assurance
Module leads are highly qualified experts in their fields. All modules are research-led and designed to offer current perspectives and debates in their areas.
Classes are dynamic and interactive and there is a strong focus on 'active learning', meaning you are expected to participate individually and collaborate with other students as a group. Where possible, alongside classes, there will be excursions to places of interest in and around London.
Modules are developed following the same processes as all credit-bearing modules at UCL. Teaching, learning and assessing adhere to the same standards as modules taught during the academic year. All modules are governed by UCL regulations relating to first and second marking and external examination, and marks are formally ratified by a UCL Board of Examiners.
In order for UCL to award credit, all modules must be assessed. The way in which modules are assessed depends on subject area and normal practice in that particular discipline. Please refer to the individual module pages for specific details.
Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a UCL transcript and a certificate of attendance. Furthermore, you will also be granted the status of UCL Associate Alumni.
The Summer School office releases provisional (unconfirmed) marks in August.
These marks are not final until ratified (confirmed) by the UCL Summer School Board of Examiners, which meets in the first week of September.
The UCL Student Records team typically begins sending out e-transcripts from mid-September, and it can take a few weeks for all e-transcripts to be sent. In the interim, the UCL Summer School office can issue a letter confirming results, if requested.
Transferring credit to your home institution
All modules are worth 15 credits in the UK system - 15 credits are equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.
Many students successfully transfer credit from their Summer School modules back to their degree programmes at their home institutions. If you would like to do this, please be aware that credit transfer will be at the discretion of your home institution, so we recommend you check whether this will be possible before applying.
If your institution does not follow the US or European system, the Summer School Office will be happy to provide your Study Abroad Office or academic advisor with any necessary information to help inform their decision.
If you are already enrolled as a UCL student, please contact us directly before applying.