Undergraduate prospectus 2021


Human Sciences BSc

UCL BSc Human Sciences offers students more choices and flexibility than any other similar programme. We are looking for independent and confident thinkers who not only love science but also have broader interests.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2021
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Science subject required, preferably Biology.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs.

Contextual offer

ABB (more about contextual offers)
Science subject required, preferably Biology, at grade A.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs.

IB Diploma

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

Contextual offer

34 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects including science subject at grade 6, with no score below 5.

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 Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA, including a science subject. Preferably to include Biology.

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: www.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

  • You will benefit from being exposed to a variety of disciplinary approaches in the contributing departments and access to outstanding departmental resources.


    • 92% of students were satisfied overall with their course (Source: NSS 2020).

  • In Years 2 and 3, students have the opportunity to choose from all modules across UCL providing them with a chance to study additional areas of interest. Over the last two years 60% of our students gained a first class honours degree.

  • The programme offers a wide choice of individual module combinations from life sciences, social and historical sciences and physical sciences. This degree has strong pastoral and academic support. The Human Sciences Tutor and your Personal Tutor are available to consult on structuring your programme.

  • Students have the opportunity to study abroad in Year 3 at some of the world’s most prestigious universities. A student committee organises academic and social events for Human Sciences students, such as a guest speaker series.

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).

In your first year you will mostly follow a common syllabus, taking modules in human structure and function (Anatomy, Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Genetics) and in human interactions (Biological Anthropology and Psychology). Students may also choose between the modules Human Ecology, Social Anthropology, Revealing Science, and a module in a modern foreign language.

In year two you will take the compulsory module, The Human Sciences in Society, in which you will work in a group to explore a topic of your group's choice within the social sciences. You will also undertake Statistical Methods in Computing.

In year three your compulsory module will be the Human Sciences Seminar Project, wherein you design and carry out a small research project, which you will then write up as a dissertation.

You will choose your remaining modules in years two and three from the extensive range of options in biomedical, biological, environmental, social, historical or philosophical subjects.

You will have the opportunity to study abroad in year three, returing to complete year three modules in year four.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Human Sciences.


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 Biological Anthropology
  • Introduction to GeneticsIntroduction to Human Anatomy
  • Introduction to Human Sciences
  • Introduction to Psychology for Biologists
  • Mammalian Physiology

Optional modules

You will select 0.5 credits from the following optional modules:

  • Human Ecology: Geographical Perspectives
  • Introductory Social Anthropology
  • Revealing Science
  • Modern Foreign Language

Compulsory module(s)

  • The Human Sciences in Society
  • Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing

Optional modules

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide choice of optional modules. Popular examples include:

  • Human Anatomy and Embryology
  • Drugs and the Mind
  • Human Behavioural Ecology
  • Immunology
  • Primate Behavioural Ecology

Compulsory module(s)

  • Human Sciences Seminar Project

Optional modules

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide choice of optional modules. Examples include:

  • Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time
  • Disease in History
  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Modern Languages
  • Policy Issues in the Life Sciences

Your learning

The first year is 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.


Assessments include essays, web-based examinations, written examinations, practical reports, briefing papers and debating performance. The third-year dissertation is assessed solely on the basis of the written report. However, you will be required to make a short presentation of your topic in the second term.

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Human Sciences BSc.


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.


The programme aims to provide wide and scientific knowledge of the life of humans. Graduates of the programme will be scientifically literate, numerate and easily able to communicate across a wide range of disciplines.

The Human Sciences BSc teaches a broad range of knowledge across many different subject areas. It is therefore no surprise that our graduates have entered a variety of careers: journalism, nutrition, science communication, management, accountancy, teaching and the finance industry.

A number of graduates pursue further studies, including Master's degrees in various fields. Graduates have also gone on to study for qualifications in law and medicine (though the degree is not necessarily intended as a preliminary to them). 

UCL is commited 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£28,500 (2021/22)

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

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

The Human Sciences BSc is very popular, consequently entry to the programme is competitive. When assessing your application we will be looking for proven and predicted examination performance, and also for evidence of your interest in both sciences and humanities, for example in the breadth of your A level or other qualifying studies.

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: 15 January 2021


All candidates will be considered on the basis of their UCAS application. Criteria will include proven and predicted academic performance, a clear demonstration of your desire to study a broad-based interdisciplinary degree, your understanding of what the degree entails, and your initiative, motivation and communication skills.

Selected candidates who are resident in the UK will be invited to attend an open day. Your visit will include introductory talks about UCL, the UCL Division of Biosciences, as well as the Human Sciences degree. You will also be given a tour of UCL and the opportunity to meet current Human Sciences students.

Candidates resident outside the UK will not be invited to attend an open day.

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

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