Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Population Health Sciences BSc

This interdisciplinary programme will provide you with a grounding in the different social science disciplines used to study population health, preparing you for research and professional practice in the health sector and beyond.

Key Information

Programme starts

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

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language at grade C or 5, plus Mathematics or Statistics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

BBC (more about contextual offers)
No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language at grade C or 5, plus Mathematics or Statistics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

30 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction, 12 credits at Merit and 3 credits at Pass, all from Level 3 units.

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

ABB at Advanced Highers (or A,B at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades ABB.

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 (Advanced for GCSE/IGCSE)

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

Degree benefits

  • World-leading researchers will immerse you in the social, economic and demographic distribution of health and disease, and show you how to analyse big data to address health inequalities. 

  • You will be provided with the opportunity to develop transferable skills that are highly sought after by graduate employers, from international NGOs to local start ups.

  • Select a data science specialism route

  • Specialise in the elements of population health that interest you most, including genomics, child health population ageing, health psychology, qualitative methods and health economics. 

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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).

As you progress through the programme, you will be provided increased opportunity for specialisation in population health. Compulsory modules in years one and two provide breadth and depth in understanding how global health and disease are measured and analysed, incorporating research methods, demography, infectious disease and life course epidemiology. You will receive applied data analysis training in all years, bringing UCL’s unparalleled data access and understanding of theory together in a hands-on learning environment.

You will choose between two routes:

The Population Health Sciences route which will enable you to become specialised in chosen topics within the population health discipline.

The Population Health Sciences (Data Science) route which has a strong emphasis on quantitative research methods in the social sciences.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Population Health 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)

  • Epidemiological Transition
  • Measuring Population Health
  • Research Methods in Population Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • The Life Course (Population Health Sciences route)
  • Perspectives on Global Health (Population Health Sciences route)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (Data Science route)
  • Principles of Social Science Research (Data Science route)

Optional modules

Compulsory module(s)

  • Acute and Chronic Infectious Diseases
  • Data Analysis (Data Science route)
  • Health Demography
  • The Life Course (Data Science route)
  • Frontiers of Knowledge in Population Health

Optional modules

You will select at least one of the following optional modules:

  • Health and Behaviour
  • Social Theory
  • Statistics for Population Health (Population Health Sciences route)
  • Qualitative Research Methods

In addition, you can choose a module from other UCL departments.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Advanced Topics in Data Analysis (Data Science route)
  • Causal Analysis: Observational Data (Data Science route)
  • Population Health dissertation

Optional modules

You will select 60 credits of optional modules from the following:

  • Population Ageing
  • Genomics, Health and Society
  • Health Economics
  • Health Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Public Health 
  • Digital Health
  • Sexual Health

Your learning

Teaching will be delivered through lectures, problem-based seminars, practical computer classes, group working and through UCL's virtual learning environment. You will have access to online learning facilities, where you can interact with world-leading researchers and fellow students.  


Assessment takes place via various methods including examinations, practical exercises, essays, individual and group presentations and a dissertation in the final year of study. The weight given to each method will vary to ensure manageable workloads throughout the programme. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken.

Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Population Health Sciences BSc.


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On graduation, you will be empowered with the knowledge and skills to anticipate and address the social, economic and healthcare needs of the future, from the local to the global, whilst also being prepared for the graduate labour market more broadly.

BSc Population Health Sciences graduates have been successful in gaining employment in a wide range of sectors. Our graduates are working in public health, private health consultancy, legal services, financial services and education. Some have undertaken postgraduate study in public health, epidemiology, global health, healthcare management, management studies, data science and gender studies.

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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

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 programme will require you to demonstrate critical reasoning and independent decision-making to address complicated problems in population health. You should be interested in exploring pertinent issues including health inequalities, ageing populations and child health. You will be required to show how you can work effectively when working independently and as part of a group to meet challenging deadlines for course assessment.

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


We realise that applicants may write their UCAS personal statement about an interest in subject(s) in other departments or institutions. For that reason, we invite you to write a statement outlining your interest in population health, in addition to the main UCAS personal statement. This can be sent to undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk and should include your UCAS application number.

We encourage applicants to attend BSc Population Health Sciences taster events run at UCL and virtually.

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

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