Philosophy and Economics BA
This three-year programme aims to provide an understanding of a range of central philosophical debates, together with a detailed education in economics. All major areas of philosophy are available for study, and the programme is run jointly with the highly regarded UCL Economics, where half your modules are taken.
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- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 29 January 2021
- London, Bloomsbury
- Mathematics A* required.
- English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- A*BB (more about contextual offers)
- Mathematics A* required.
- English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics grade 7, with no score below 5.
- 36 (more about contextual offers)
- A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics grade 7, 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:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. 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. Mathematics required at D2
A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Mathematics A1 required at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA, including Mathematics at A*.
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: Advanced
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
UCL Philosophy has consistently been in the top ten for philosophy in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. The research interests of the academic staff are wide-ranging, covering all the main areas of philosophy.
You will learn economics in one of the UK’s leading centres for research. In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework, 99% of research at UCL in Economics and Econometrics was rated either 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).
A rich array of extracurricular philosophy events is available in London. As a UCL Philosophy student you will be able to attend the meetings of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Aristotelian Society and the University of London's Institute of Philosophy.
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 both subjects, your first year offers introductory lecture courses, which provide a foundation for later studies. These will provide a basis for your choice of modules in years 2 and 3 of the course. There is the option to write a Dissertation.
You will study Philosophy and Economics on a roughly equal basis.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Philosophy 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.
Economics (1.0 credits)
Introduction to Mathematics for Economics (0.5 credits)
Four Philosophy modules from the following:
- History of Philosophy I
- History of Philosophy II
- Knowledge and Reality
- Introduction to Logic I
- Introduction to Logic II
- Introduction to Moral Philosophy
- Introduction to Political Philosophy
- Philosophical Study Skills: Reading, Understanding, and Essay Writing
You will also take one optional module from Economics.
- Macroeconomics (1.0 credits)
- Macroeconomic Theory and Policy (1.0 credits)
You will select 2.0 credits of optional modules from Philosophy, including modules from at least two of the groups A, B, and C:
Theoretical Philosophy (e.g. Knowledge; Metaphysics; Mind and Body; Language)
Normative Philosophy (e.g. Aesthetics; Applied Ethics; Global Justice and Health; Morality and Literature; Normative Ethics; Political Philosophy)
History of Philosophy (e.g. Aristotle; Plato; Marxism; Nietzsche; Wittgenstein; Sartre)
All third year modules are optional.
You will select 4.0 credits of optional modules, including:
- 2.0 credits from a wide range of economics optional modules
- 2.0 credits from the wide range of philosophy optional modules.
Our teaching is based on lectures and seminars that complement each other. In your first year, you will be introduced to the basic elements of philosophical reasoning through lectures, seminars and (optional) small-group tutorial classes. In years two and three your chosen modules will be taught by an expert from within our department through a combination of lectures, related seminars and classes.
Assessment is by a mixture of coursework (essays) and written examination. You may also elect to submit a dissertation as one of your philosophy optional modules.
Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Philosophy and Economics BA.
This programme will assist you in constructing and assessing philosophical positions and arguments, thereby teaching you how to analyse and present complex ideas. Such skills are transferable to non-philosophical contexts. Your knowledge of Economics will also be an asset in many professions.
Philosophy's emphasis on rigorous argumentation, logic, and clarity of thought and expression, makes philosophy graduates highly suitable for a wide variety of careers. Economics will also have given you valuable quantitative understanding.
Many recent UCL graduates have excelled in the legal profession, training as both solicitors and barristers, while others have entered publishing, journalism, the civil service, Parliament, or local government. Economics students may work in think tanks, development agencies and finance.
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Fees and funding
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
- £23,300 (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.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
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.
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.
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