University profile

University College London (UCL)

2021/22 edition

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About University College London (UCL)

Change your life and the world around you

UCL is a top-ranked university with life-changing research and a progressive approach to academia, making it different from the rest. At UCL, postgraduate students learn by doing—shaping the world around them with a hands-on approach. Innovators, industry disruptors, thinkers and magic-makers choose UCL to jump right into postgraduate studies across hundreds of programmes.

UCL - where novel thinking is nurtured and encouraged

UCL is a diverse community with the freedom to challenge, to question and to think differently. Our community pursues academic excellence, breaks boundaries and makes a positive impact on real-world problems.

We are consistently ranked among the top universities in the world and have a progressive and integrated approach to our teaching and research. We teach our students how to think, not what to think.

UCL - an academic powerhouse

UCL is 8th in the world, 4th in Europe and 1st in London in the “QS World University Rankings 2020.”

There have been 29 Nobel laureates among its former staff and students; a winner in every decade since the Prize started.

World leading research university

At the very heart of UCL’s mission is our research. We were rated the top university in the UK for research strength in the last “Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).”

We offer over 675 graduate taught, research and initial teacher education programmes across a wide range of disciplines.

UCL's research-based teaching methodology means that research is integrated into many of our degrees and students have the opportunity to make an original contribution to their field of study.

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London’s global university

UCL sits at the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities, meaning you are perfectly placed to take advantage of everything London has to offer. View our location.

We were the first university in England to welcome women to university education, and the first university in England to welcome students of any religion or social background.

UCL has 18,000 students from outside the UK, with over 150 countries represented—providing a truly global perspective.

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Disruptive thinking since 1826

For nearly two centuries we’ve confronted humanity’s biggest issues, and today we continue our heritage of disruptive thinking.

Through our research, many minds at UCL work together to improve lives and communities and create real-world impact.

Read about some of the disruptive discoveries.

Your future

At UCL we know that students choose to enter graduate study for a myriad of reasons, and we are deeply committed to supporting our student’s aspirations and enhancing their skills and employability.

UCL Careers helps students to find their perfect career, develop their professional skills or start their own business through one-to-one guidance and events, as well as a variety of career information.

Recruitment and networking events help students improve their knowledge of a particular industry sector and specific employers. For students interested in starting a business, UCL Innovation and Enterprise gives expert advice and practical support, as well as networking opportunities.

Be inspired

If you want to find out more about the impact that our ground-breaking research and discoveries have on people, lives and communities, listen to our #MadeatUCL Disruptive Discoveries podcast.

We bring you closer to the researchers answering life’s big questions—from green infrastructure, to artificial intelligence, space exploration, to treating cancer.

Explore episodes of #MadeatUCL Disruptive Discoveries

Find out more

To find out more about our range of postgraduate taught programmes and research opportunities, as well as information about fees, funding, entry requirements and how to apply, visit our Graduate Prospectus.

Contact details

University College London
Gower Street