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BSc Geography and Economics

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Our Undergraduate combined honours Programme is a long-established course that provides a thorough grounding in both geography and economics.

Admitting about 20 undergraduates each year, our combined honours program allows students to deepen their interests in both geography and economics. Our world-leading economics department offers foundation courses in micro and macroeconomics to acquire the basic concepts and methods of economics on which the specialist options ranging from environmental and development economics to money and banking are based. You will therefore be working across two top departments with all the benefits in terms of intellectual development that come with that.

The combination of geography and economics allows students to become proficient in two disciplines and apply cutting edge research tools to address socially relevant problems.

Although students are allowed to emphasise the geography or economics side of their degree, we make sure that you are exposed to core disciplinary areas in both fields. Recognising that students will be from a diversity of arts and science backgrounds, the choice of courses in the first year is structured so that all students are brought up to speed with the skills required of the course. Students will also be introduced to some of the core concerns of contemporary geographers and economists as they start to identify their areas of interest.

In the second year, you will be exposed to the foundation topics in economics, micro and macroeconomics. These modules offer the necessary disciplinary knowledge and skills required for your third your modules. In geography you are given the opportunity to start specialising in any area of geography including political, urban, development or physical geography depending on your interest. While most joint degree students in the past focused on human geography subjects, some specialised in environmental geography and climate change to complement their interest in environmental economics. Exposure to the key debates in geographic sub-disciplines will then be further developed in specialised year three options.

In the third year, you will again take a range of courses that match your interests. Many of these will be directly building on the interests you will have developed in the second year (in topics such as urban geography, environmental, political geography). Building on your basic knowledge acquired in the second year economics modules you are able to specialise in a diverse range of modules such as urban economics, environmental economics, game theory, finance and banking or development economics. Once you have identified your favourite subjects it is possible for some of them to be studied from geographic and economic perspectives (such as environment and society in geography and environmental economics in economics). The ability to think and work across disciplines and approach problems from different perspectives provides unique insights and the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy.

We are passionate about doing great geography research at UCL and we want to give you the chance to do your own whilst you are here. Read more about our Dissertation Projects, and some of the award-winning work our students have produced.

Applications for Undergraduate Programmes at UCL 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.

Please ensure you’ve read the guidelines and entry requirements for the Programme you wish to apply for before submitting your application. You can return to the Undergraduate Programmes page, if you wish to revisit the Programme overview and entry requirements.

Apply for Undergraduate Programmes

If you have any further queries about our Undergraduate Programmes, you can email geog.office@ucl.ac.uk. Please do read all the information online before contacting us as you may find the answer to your question online.

The admissions process of all our programmes is now centralised. Due to the large volume of applications our central admissions team receives, it may take a little while before a decision on your application can be returned. Please therefore do not be concerned if you don't hear back from us immediately.

What our students have to say...

“I think my greatest takeaways from the Programme, skill-wise, are writing and research skills. I am hoping to compete a Master’s degree after graduating from UCL. I have already received offers from Columbia/ Duke/ LBS, and I will most probably be heading to Columbia for their Masters in Management Science and Engineering Programme.”
Crystal Ong
BSc Geography and Economics