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Teaching and assessment

The majority of our teaching staff are both active researchers and excellent communicators, who are all trained how to teach. We also make sure that those teaching professional-orientated programmes have recent relevant work experience so you're in the best possible hands.

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Our undergraduate programmes lead to one of five University of London degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Bachelor of Science (Economics) (BSc Econ)
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Master in Science (MSci).

Most of our degrees are three years long. However, some subjects require an extra year of study such as the MSci or a language degree where you study abroad for 12 months. Others will give you the opportunity to extend your studies by a year so you can study abroad

teaching and assessment

Most of our degrees consist of 12 full units - four in each year. You usually have to pass at least three each year in order to progress to the next one/graduate. The major advantage of this is flexibility. You can take all 12 units within the same department, select one or two courses in a different subject, or combine two subjects on a major/minor basis.

Single honours

These focus on one subject but it's often possible for you to take a unit outside of your main department (subject to timetable considerations and approval).

Joint degrees

Joint honour degrees involve studying two subjects - usually six units from each.

Major/Minor degrees

These degrees allow you to take your 12 units in different ways, such as nine units in one major subject and three in your minor subject.

You can also adjust your programme of study, for example if you want to change your emphasis within your first year.

Discover what degree programmes we offer on our departments and courses page.

teaching and assessment

A number of departments also offer undergraduate degrees on a part-time basis. These are currently:teaching and assessment

  • Biological Sciences
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Arts
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology.

Please contact the Admissions tutors in the relevant department for more information.

teaching and assessment

Moving to university from sixth form is quite a transition so you'll be appointed a personal tutor to help with this. Here's a quick guide to our teaching and assessment methods to give you an idea of what to expect.

How you'll be taught


Lectures give you the chance to hear directly from our academics who are often the leading authority in their subjects.

Seminars, classes and workshops

These sessions are more active than lectures and are led by a lecturer or tutor. You'll be encouraged to respond to the material and ideas being presented. You can also discuss your own ideas and those of your fellow students.

Laboratory- based classes (practicals)

In laboratory-based science subjects, most of your week will be spent in class or the lab, while arts, humanities and social sciences students will have fewer practicals and more self-directed study.

Field trips and study visits

Wherever possible, we'll assist you in developing your skills and knowledge in appropriate off-campus locations.

Independent research

With support you'll have the chance to carry out your own research projects, test your ideas and put your findings forward in a dissertation, with the aim of encouraging a creative approach to problem solving.

Study abroad

Some degrees allow you to study abroad for a year, either as an integral part of the degree or as an additional year.

Placements and internships

Some degrees include an integrated work placement while others run competitive internship schemes or incorporate short work placements over the summer.

How you'll be assessed

We use a wide range of assessment methods including:

  • coursework
  • presentations
  • in-lab or in-class tests 
  • electronic quizzes and tests
  • exams.

Part of your assessment will be 'formative' (feedback but no grade). The rest will be 'summative', which means it is graded and counts towards your final degree.

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Watch our academics discuss their teaching in our series of videos


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