Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Economics and Geography BSc (Econ)

This challenging combined-studies programme, taught by two of the best UK Departments in their respective disciplines, is designed to equip students with a thorough grounding in the theoretical principles and techniques of application in both fields.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics required with A*.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

A*AB (more about contextual offers)
Mathematics required with A*.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics, with no score below 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

Contextual offer

38 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics, with no score below 5. The programme will accept either 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' or 'Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation' at higher level.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics grade D2

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including Mathematics at grade A1 at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*AA, including A* in Mathematics.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Teaching and research in both Departments engages with the most pressing problems of the day. Learning how to understand and respond to these challenges requires drawing on the strengths of focused social scientific analysis and the breadth of knowledge of a combined honours degree.

  • 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 of the core principles of Economics, key approaches in Geography, and ways of integrating the two.

  • This training, and a degree that combines a set core of study with a very wide choice of optional areas of specialization, make UCL Economics and Geography students very attractive to employers in the UK and around the world, in finance, policy and government, and other sectors.

  •  Students on this programme get access to facilities, staff and teaching from both Departments, though dedicated tutors provide an important point of contact, ensuring that this is a programme in its own right. UCL supports our efforts with first-class library facilities and other study resources.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The degree gives equal weight to both disciplines, although the balance can be modified in the second year and final year. In each year you will receive regular programme-related classes in economics and in geography. The first year is highly structured but the number of compulsory modules declines in the second year and there is lots of free choice in the final year. Students must ensure that they undertake a minimum of 90 Geography and 90 Economics credits across Years Two and Three.

Given that this is a combined-studies degree and students are expected to reach a certain level of competence in both Economics and Geography, it is not normally permitted to take any module outside these two Departments - though a case can be made for one third year module.

Your first year  is evenly split between the two Departments. In Economics you will take Economics (30 credits) and Introduction to Mathematics for Economics (15 credits), plus one optional module from a list of four. In Geography, you will take Thinking Geographically I and Thinking Geographically II (15 credits each), plus two optional 15 credit  modules from a list of seven.

In the second year you will take two compulsory 30 credit modules in Economics: Microeconomics, and Macroeconomic Theory and Policy. You may choose any four 15 credit modules from the Geography second-year options, or take an additional 15 credit module in Economics and three 15 credit modules in Geography. Normally, students will not take a dissertation in their final year but exceptions may be made, in which case the student would need to take Practice in Geography and Methods in Human Geography.

In the final year you will choose at least 30 credits and not more than 90 credits can be selected from any of the second/third year modules in Economics, and at least 30 credits and not more than 90 credits must be chosen from all final year Geography options. A minimum of 90 credits must be taken in both Economics and Geography over the second and third years. Most Economics and Geography students do not take a dissertation in their final year.

If a student wishes to take a 15 credit ancillary module outside the two Departments this year, they may make a case to the programme tutor.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Econ) (Hons) in Economics and Geography.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

Introduction to Mathematics for Economists
Thinking Geographically I
Thinking Geographically II

Optional modules

You will select 15 credits of optional modules from Economics and 30 credits of optional modules from Geography.

Economics options may include:

History of Economic Thought
Statistical Methods in Economics
The World Economy
Introduction to Economic Thinking

Geography options include:

Human Ecology
Global Events
Space and Society
Environmental Change
Understanding our Planet
Geography in the Field I (which includes the fieldclass)
Geography in the Field II

Compulsory module(s)

Macroeconomic Theory and Policy

Optional modules

Students can take 60 credits of Geography Year Two modules, or choose one more 15 credit module from Economics plus 45 credits of Geography modules.

Human Geography: Cultural and Historical Geography; Development Geography; Environment and Society; Economic Geography; GIS and Geodemographics; Political Geography and Geopolitics; Urban Geography; Economic Geography I; Human Geography Fieldclass.

Physical Geography: Ecological Patterns and Processes; Environmental Remote Sensing; Geomorphology; Hydroclimatology; Reconstructing Past Environments; Statistics for Environmental Geographers; Physical Geography Fieldclass

Normally, students will not take a dissertation in their final year. Students wishing to do so must take The Practice of Geography and Methods in Human Geography plus two other Geography modules.

Optional modules

You will select 120 credits from a wide range of optional modules in Economics and in Geography, ensuring that at least 30 credits and not more than 90 credits are chosen from each Department and that a minimum of 90 credits has been taken in each subject over years two and three.

Your learning

Your timetable will include lectures, regular seminars, tutorials and practical classes. As you progress, the focus shifts to independent and critical learning, with student-led discussions becoming more important. While the structure of the degree is well defined, it is still possible to make some changes to this - to allow for dissertations and fieldclass work, for example.

Joint degree students do not normally take part in the first-year fieldclass, but they may do so by choosing the module Geography in the Field I. They may also choose suitable second- and third-year fieldwork modules, as long as this does not conflict with the general rules on option choices outlined below.

We do not offer a placement as part of this programme.

Each student will engage in 1200 learning hours every year but the form this takes will vary widely depending on student choices. However a first year on this programme might spend about 12% of their time in lectures, 6% in seminars or practicals, and 2% in tutorials. The remainder will be spent in independent study, revision, etc. If they took the fieldclass option in Geography that would account for another 3%. In subsequent years these figures will vary even more widely, as students have greater choice.


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 between modules, some combining written examinations with various types of independent projects, some assessed solely by written examination.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Economics and Geography BSc (Econ).


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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 further 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 attractive to many employers, particularly those in business and commerce, the public sector and international organisations.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Alumni view
My interests lie in the development sector and being a part of a student society (UCL Global Development Initiatves) helped me understand where to look for career opportunities in this area. While at UCL, the careers service helped me in understanding how to improve my CV as well as face interviews, which I feel has helped me in my career. Janani Balasubramaniam - Economics and Geography BSc (Econ) 2012

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas students
£26,600 (2022/23)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

If students on this programme take Geography in the Field I and attend the fieldclass, UCL Geography will cover all accommodation costs and most of the food and travel costs. We also currently make a significant contribution to the costs of second- and third-year fieldtrips, covering flights/some train travel and accommodation. The exact cost of each fieldtrip will depend on the location and prevailing exchange rates, but it is estimated that students would need to contribute between £50 and £200 per fieldtrip, depending on the destination. This estimate is based on the costs incurred by students on these trips in 2019.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

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 Economics and Geography and for proficiency in key skills. We want curious, enthusiastic students! We realise not everyone can undertake international fieldwork or join societies, so we are just as interested in your reading and participation in other forms of geographical work.

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.

Application deadline: 26 January 2022


Most students are invited to attend an open day once they have been made an offer. Our open days - in Bloomsbury or online - include talks from staff, question and answer sessions lead by our current students, and introductory masterclasses run by key members of staff in Geography. In Bloomsbury we also offer a short tour of UCL and a chance to meet and talk with representatives of Geography research groups.

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

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

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