Undergraduate prospectus 2022


History, Politics and Economics BA

History, politics and economics are brought to life in the exciting context of Russia and Eastern Europe, and combine some of the most important approaches for understanding the social, cultural, economic and political world around us. Students on this programme will develop skills essential for a wide range of future careers and activities.

Key Information

Programme starts

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

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer

ABB (more about contextual offers)
Mathematics preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

IB Diploma

A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including 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

34 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including 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 33 credits at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit in the Level 3 units. Mathematics units preferred.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics preferred.

AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), preferably including Mathematics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA, preferably including 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

  • This degree programme gives you the opportunity to combine insights from three different subjects.

  • It further provides ample scope for specialisation in topics that are of interest to you. 

  • The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the post-Soviet countries. The SSEES Library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.

  • Our staff are active in research and consultancy at the frontiers of their subjects. Your teaching will draw on their comprehensive knowledge.

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 History, Politics and Economics BA is carefully structured to give all students a solid foundation in each of the three subject pathways, while promoting increasing specialisation as the degree progresses. Students will choose two specialist disciplines in year two and one specialist discipline in the final year, including a research dissertation. This programme structure enables students to tailor their studies to their evolving interests, while also encouraging them to explore the interface between history, economics and politics in years two and three.

The programme will involve the acquisition of knowledge concerning the histories, economies and societies of the wider European region. It will do so with particular reference to Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the post-Soviet world.

By seeking to understand this area from the vantage point of its global interconnectedness and significance, this programme will foster perspectives which are global in their reach. 

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in History, Politics and Economics.


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)

Frontiers of History
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Politics: The Big Questions
Introduction to Politics: How Politics Works

Optional modules

You will select 30 credits  from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

Foundation Language Module
Other History, Politics, or Economics modules offered within SSEES. 

Subject to approval, credit may be taken in another UCL department. 

At the end of year one students select two specialist tracks.
*Students interested in pursuing further economics courses in their second and third years are strongly encouraged to take the 0-credit module Mathematics for Economists*

View Degree Structure and Modules 

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.

Compulsory module(s)

Depending on the specialist tracks selected, students will take one of the following modules:

Economic History and Ideas
Comparative Political Analysis
European Macroeconomics
History of Political Ideas
Topics in Microeconomics

Students on economics-related tracks are also required to choose one of either:
Applied Econometrics OR
Qualitative Methods

Optional modules

Optional modules for year two may include:

Central European Politics and Society
Crown, Church and Estates in Central Europe 1500-1700
Emerging Market Economies
European Macroeconomics
Media, Culture and Society in the Soviet Union from Stalin to 1991
Political Economy of European Integration
Post-Soviet Politics and Society
Russian Politics and Society
Short Taught Dissertation with Coursework
South-East European Politics and Society
Successors to the Habsburgs: East-Central Europe 1914-1945
The Fall and Rise of the Polish Nation 1648-1921
The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia 1918-1991
Topics in Microeconomics

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.

Compulsory module(s)

1989: Crisis and the New Global Revolutions
Dissertation (must be in one of the specialist disciplines from year two)

Optional modules

You will select 60 credits from a wide range of module options, including a language if studied in a previous year.

30 credits must be related to your dissertation.

Detailed module information

See full details of modules for this programme.

Your learning

You will be taught via a combination of interactive lectures and small-group tutorials. Tutorials will involve discussion, exercises, presentations and experiments. You will be set regular written work, including essays, policy analyses, exercises, online activities and posters.


Your assessment will be based on various types of written coursework, presentations, some unseen written examinations, and a final-year 10,000-word dissertation. Throughout the programme you will receive detailed feedback to help you develop your skills. For the dissertation you will have an individual supervisor to provide support and advice.


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We expect graduates of this degree to have a multitude of transferable skills, combined with specialist knowledge of the region.

This degree might lead to careers in government service (UK and other EU states), international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy (economic, political risk, security, marketing), banking, financial services, law, media, teaching and the leisure industry, as well as to further study.

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.

Student view
What I enjoy the most about my degree is the approach to the combined study of history, politics and economics. I can often relate and effectively utilise some of the theories I have learned in one module to key questions in another subject. Hajk Bagradjans - History, Politics and Economics BA First Year

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
£24,000 (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

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

We use your qualifications, predicted grades and personal statement to assess your suitability for this programme. Your personal statement should explain your motivation for applying for this multidisciplinary programme. It should also provide evidence of your interest in history, politics and economics in the context of Russia, the former Soviet Union and in Central and Eastern Europe.

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


On the basis of our assessment of your application we will decide whether to make you an offer and if you are successful you will be invited to a post-offer open day.

The open day will include introductory talks providing more information about your chosen degree programme, the department, and our facilities and services. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and to go on a tour of UCL led by current students.

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

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

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