Human Sciences and Evolution MSci

London, Bloomsbury
Human Sciences and Evolution MSci (2024)

This four-year MSci runs alongside the BSc Human Sciences. It combines the study of life sciences with social and historical sciences, offering you choice and flexibility, while allowing you to specialise in human evolutionary sciences in your final year.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£9,250
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£34,400
Programme starts
September 2025
Application deadline
29 Jan 2025
UCAS course code
BCL1

Entry requirements

Grades
AAA
Subjects
Science subject required, preferably Biology.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer information

Contextual offers are typically one to two grades lower than the standard offer. Grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including science (preferably Biology) at grade 6, with no higher level score below 5.

Contextual offer

Contextual offers are typically one to two grade boundaries (equivalent to A levels) lower than the standard offer. IB Diploma grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

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.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including a science subject (preferably Biology).

AAA at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including a science subject (preferably Biology) at Advanced Highers.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA, including a science subject (preferably Biology).

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

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

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

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

Course overview

MSci Human Sciences and Evolution is a four-year interdisciplinary degree programme which fosters broad scientific knowledge of human beings, with specialisation in human evolutionary sciences in the final year. The programme is run across two world-leading departments; the Division of Biosciences and the Department of Anthropology. In 2023, UCL was ranked ninth in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine and fourth in the world for Anthropology in the QS World University Rankings.

Human Sciences and Evolution offers a wide choice of module combinations from across the Faculty of Life Sciences, the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, and a range of other departments. After initial knowledge-building in the first year, the programme allows you to tailor your degree and pursue your own interests within the human sciences, as well as gain specialist knowledge within human evolutionary sciences.

The first year of the programme is designed to build essential knowledge across multiple disciplines, where you will mainly take compulsory introductory modules across different departments in UCL.

In the second and third years of the programme, you will choose modules from across UCL within the human sciences.

In the third year, students have the option of undertaking a field course module (instead of undertaking a dissertation research project).

In the fourth year of the programme, you will specialise in human evolutionary sciences. All students carry out an independent research project in human sciences and evolution in their fourth year.

What this course will give you

Students will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to human sciences, combining the life sciences with studies in social and historical sciences, as well as an opportunity to specialise in human evolutionary sciences.

In years two and three, students have the opportunity to choose from an extensive list of modules across UCL departments, providing you with an opportunity to pursue your own areas of interest within the human sciences. 

In year three, students have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork.

This degree has strong pastoral and academic support. The Human Sciences Senior Tutor and your Personal Tutor are available to consult on structuring your programme.

A student committee organises academic and social events for Human Sciences students, such as a guest speaker series.

Teaching and learning

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).

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Human Sciences and Evolution.

Modules

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. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

In your first year, you will follow a common syllabus, taking modules in human structure and function (anatomy, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics), and human evolution and behaviour (anthropology and psychology). You will also take one optional module of either a language, social anthropology, history and philosophy of sciences, or human geography.

In year two of the programme, you will take the compulsory module The Human Sciences in Society, in which you will explore the engagement between science and other disciplines, such as social science, to solve problems of global and local concern (such as climate change, pandemics, loss of biodiversity, population ageing, water supply and nutrition). You will also undertake a module on Statistical Methods and Computing. You will choose your remaining modules, usually at intermediate level, from an extensive range of subjects including biological sciences, medical sciences, environmental sciences, social sciences, public health, and history and philosophy. You will also have an option to take a language module, with permission from the senior tutor.

In year three, you will either take the Human Sciences Seminar Project module, wherein you design and carry out a small and independent dissertation project, or take field courses. You will choose your remaining modules, usually at advanced level, from an extensive range of subjects across the life and social sciences and beyond (with some focus on human evolutionary sciences). You will also have an option to take a language module, with permission from the senior tutor.

In year four, you will carry out a research project on a topic within the human evolutionary sciences. You may take your remaining advanced-level modules from Biosciences, or any other department as long as the module has relevance to human evolution. The Department of Anthropology, for example, runs many human evolution modules.

Your learning

The first year is typically taught through lectures, small-group tutorials, workshops, practicals and laboratory sessions. Your second-year compulsory module will involve lectures, group work and debates. The optional modules taken in other departments will be taught in a variety of ways according to the nature of the module and the usual practice of the department concerned.

MSci Human Sciences and Evolution students may take the field courses. Destinations may vary.

Your contact hours and levels of self-directed study will depend on which modules you choose. Modules typically have one or two hour lectures followed by a seminar or practical session each week, although teaching delivery and contact hours vary. For each module, students typically undertake 4-6 hours of self-directed study each week.

Assessment

Assessments can include essays, web-based examinations, written examinations, practical reports, briefing papers and debating performance. The third-year independent research project is assessed by a written dissertation/report. The fourth-year independent research project is assessed by a written dissertation/report and an oral presentation.

Accessibility

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

The foundation of your career

The degree prepares you for a variety of careers including journalism, nutrition, science communication, management, accountancy, education, public health, social policy and the finance industry to name a few. A number of our graduates pursue further studies.

Employability

The programme aims to provide a wide and scientific knowledge of human beings. We also focus on teaching our students highly sought-after transferable skills. These include, but are not limited to: teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking/evaluation, data literacy, analysis and visualisation, scientific reading, presentation training, written/verbal communication and IT skills.

Graduates of the programme can expect to be scientifically literate and numerate, with the ability to think independently and critically about topics from multiple perspectives. Graduates will be able to communicate confidently across a wide range of disciplines.

According to the Graduate Outcomes Survey for students graduating in 2020-2021, 85% students went on to work or study after graduating.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £9,250
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 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 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

If students opt to take modules with field trips, students may need to cover travel, accommodation, subsistence and visa costs depending on the nature of the field trip. Costs will vary depending on the location. Students will need to purchase a lab coat. This will cost approximately £10-£20.

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).

Funding your studies

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.

Scholarships

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.

Next steps

Your application

We are looking for independent and confident thinkers who have a genuine interest in the subject. This should be evident in your application.

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.

Selection

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

If we have made you an offer, you will be invited to attend an offer-holder event. This may include talks from staff about the programme and the department. It could also include a research presentation, tours of UCL and the department, and a visit to a laboratory facility.

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