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UCL – University College London

UCL is a world-class university; with academic strength in breadth and depth. UCL offers an enormous range of taught programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, alongside exceptional postgraduate research opportunities. UCL’s global eminence is recognised through its top seven world ranking (QS World University Rankings 2016/17). In the last Research Excellence Framework (December 2014), UCL was the top-rated university in the UK for research strength, by a measure of overall quality of research multiplied by the number of staff submissions.

Why study with us?

UCL’s renowned pioneering approach can be seen today in its application of interdisciplinary research to resolve the challenges facing the modern world, through focusing its research endeavours on the Grand Challenges of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Cultural Understanding, Human Wellbeing, Transformative Technology, and Justice & Equality. UCL also takes the lead in providing understanding of global citizenship concepts to all students, preparing them to respond to the intellectual, social and personal challenges that they will encounter throughout their lives and careers. Such examples of innovation and willingness to question traditional practice date back to its foundation in 1826, when UCL was established to provide a radical alternative to the social and religious restrictions of the only two other universities in England at that time.

The expertise of UCL’s world-leading academics is applied in the ongoing development of degree programmes, broadly grouped in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Brain Sciences, Built Environment, Engineering Sciences, Laws, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Social and Historical Sciences, as well as the Institute of Education. Study at all levels at UCL offers rigorous academic investigation and discovery, and has embedded within it personal and professional development opportunities that will enhance the career prospects of our students.

UCL is located in central London, and has a cosmopolitan, dynamic and friendly atmosphere. Students benefit from UCL’s own resources, including libraries, accommodation, careers, welfare and social facilities. They also have easy access to London’s array of specialist libraries, museums, galleries, and cultural and performing arts venues, as well as to the many London-based professional institutions, societies and international businesses.

More about UCL

University College London (UCL) is a public research university in London, England, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. It is the third-largest university in the United Kingdom by total enrollment (and largest by postgraduate enrollment) and is regarded as one of the world’s leading universities.

Established in 1826 as London University by founders inspired by the radical ideas of Jeremy Bentham, UCL was the first university institution to be established in London, and the first in England to be entirely secular and to admit students regardless of their religion. UCL also makes the contested claims of being the third-oldest university in England and the first to admit women. In 1836 UCL became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London, which was granted a royal charter in the same year. It has grown through mergers, including with the Institute of Neurology (in 1997), the Royal Free Hospital Medical School (in 1998), the Eastman Dental Institute (in 1999), the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (in 1999), the School of Pharmacy (in 2012) and the Institute of Education (in 2014).

UCL has its main campus in the Bloomsbury area of central London, with a number of institutes and teaching hospitals elsewhere in central London and a satellite campus in Doha, Qatar. UCL is organised into 11 constituent faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes and research centres. UCL operates several culturally significant museums and manages collections in a wide range of fields, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, and administers the annual Orwell Prize in political writing. In 2015/16, UCL had around 38,300 students and 14,200 staff (including around 7,100 academic staff and 840 professors) and had a total group income of £1.36 billion, of which £530 million was from research grants and contracts.

UCL ranks highly in national and international league tables and its graduates rank among the most employable in the world. UCL alumni include the “Father of the Nation” of each of India, Kenya and Mauritius, the founders of Ghana, modern Japan and Nigeria, the inventor of the telephone, and one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. UCL academics discovered five of the naturally occurring noble gases, co-discovered hormones, invented the vacuum tube, and made several foundational advances in modern statistics. There are at least 29 Nobel Prize winners and 3 Fields medalists amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff. UCL is a member of numerous academic organisations, including the Russell Group, and is part of UCL Partners, the world’s largest academic health science centre, and the ‘golden triangle’ of research-intensive English universities.