Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Human Sciences and Evolution MSci

The MSci Human Sciences and Evolution is unique to UCL, and builds upon the Human Sciences BSc. This interdisciplinary degree draws on teaching from a range of science and non-science departments, and allows students to extend their specialised knowledge of human evolution.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

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

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
Science subject required (preferably Biology)
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6.

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 (preferably Biology) 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 Highers.

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

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

  • You will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to Humans and access to outstanding departmental resources.

  • The programme offers a wide choice of individual module combinations from life sciences, social and historical sciences and physical sciences.

  • This degree programme has strong pastoral and academic support. The Human Sciences Tutor and your Personal Tutor will be available for consultation on structuring your programme.

  • 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 modules 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) and Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing. In year three your compulsory module is the Human Sciences Seminar Project in which you will write a dissertation on a topic related to human evolution. You will choose your remaining modules in years two and three from the extensive range of options offered by Anthropology and Biosciences.

Subject to satisfactory performance in years one and two, students have the option of undertaking a 60 credit field course module at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya in either the Autumn or Spring Term.

In year four you will carry out a research project and choose modules in human evolutionary sciences.

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


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 Human Sciences
  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Introduction to Genetics
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • 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)

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

Optional modules

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

  • Animal Biodiversity
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Human Behavioural Ecology
  • Vertebrate Palaeontology and Evolution

Compulsory module(s)

  • Human Sciences Seminar Project

Optional modules

You will select 90 credits from a wide choice of optional modules in Anthropology and Biosciences. Examples include:

  • Human Genetics
  • Molecular Evolution
  • Sex, Genes and Evolution
  • Species, Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Vertebrate Life and Evolution

Compulsory module(s)

  • Human Evolutionary Sciences Research Project

Optional modules

You will select 60 credits from a choice of optional modules. Examples include:

  • Advanced Human Evolution
  • Anthropological and Archaeological Genetics
  • Human Behavioural Ecology
  • Primate Behaviour and Ecology

Your learning

First-year core modules are taught through lectures, small-group tutorials, workshops, practicals and laboratory sessions. Your second-year core modules will also involve group work and debates. Optional modules will be taught in a variety of ways according to the nature of the module and the usual practice of the teaching department concerned.


Assessments include essays, web-based examinations, written examinations, practical reports, briefing papers and debating performance. Third and fourth-year dissertations are assessed on the basis of the written reports, but you will also be required to make a short presentation of these in the second term.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Human Sciences and Evolution MSci.


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.


Graduates of the programme will be scientifically literate, numerate and able to communicate across a wide range of disciplines.

Human Sciences 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 and qualifications in law and medicine.

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.

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
£29,400 (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

There may be costs associated with fieldwork including travel, insurance and living expenses. Students will need to purchase a lab coat.

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

When assessing your application we will be looking for proven and predicted examination performance, evidence of your interest in human evolutionary sciences, your understanding of what the degree entails, and your initiative, motivation and communication skills.

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


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.

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

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Page last modified on 25 November 2021