University College London
Urban Studies BSc (Hons)
University College London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This programme has been designed with a range of professional career opportunities in mind. It offers great flexibility for students curious to explore a broader range of studies relating to the built environment, as well as other subjects with a different focus offered elsewhere in UCL and other University of London institutions.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 29 graduates of Urban Studies BSc (Hons) at University College London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Urban Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
60 /100
29 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Urban Studies BSc (Hons) at University College London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Urban Studies BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £29500 £32500
25-75 percentile range £23000 - £28000 £21500 - £33500 £27500 - £44000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Urban Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25435 £26479 £31148
25-75 percentile range £22217 - £28380 £20936 - £32548 £23945 - £40820

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Urban Studies BSc (Hons) at University College London

20% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
20% Architects, Chartered Architectural Technologists, Planning
15% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Media Professionals
5% Business and Financial Project Management Professionals
0% Information Technology Professionals
0% Research and Development (RandD) and Other Research Professi

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

No specific subjects. Contextual Offers: please visit the course webpage for further details about our Access UCL scheme.

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.

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher).

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. Contextual Offers: please visit the course webpage for further details about our Access UCL scheme.

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

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

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

English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • 5.5
    • UPSCE
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Tuition Fees Urban Studies BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £28500 year 1
International £28500 year 1

Additional fee information

For information about tuition fees please visit or dedicated webpage for more details: The fees indicated above are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. Fees will be higher for those commencing study in the academic year 2022/23 or later. UCL reserves the right to increase its UK fees in line with the government policy including on and annual basis for each year of study during a programme. Overseas fees are fixed at the rate of entry, so the published fees will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

University Rankings

Positions of University College London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University College London in related subject specific rankings.

Architecture, Building & Planning

    • #4 
    • #4 
    Building and Town and Country Planning
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]

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About University College London

University College London, otherwise known as UCL, is a government funded research university based in metropolitan London, England. It’s a university that puts emphasis on investigative research and the teaching of critical thinking skills for its alumni. The university has its main campus in the Bloomsbury area of the populous London Borough of Camden, in Central London, where students can enjoy its large parks and open spaces in their free time.

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