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UCL - University College London

2019/20 edition

About UCL - University College London

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A World-leading university in the heart of London

As one of the world’s leading universities, UCL is London’s top multidisciplinary research university with an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching. UCL’s excellence extends across all academic disciplines with subjects spanning the sciences, engineering, arts and humanities, education, social sciences and biomedicine. The programmes we offer reflect the very latest research and are often taught by academic staff members who are world-leaders in their fields. We are currently ranked tenth in the QS World University Rankings.

Focused on the translation of research into solutions for the world’s major problems, UCL works across the disciplines and with partners from all over the world. We strive to ensure that our students can achieve their full potential at UCL and are equipped not just with academic knowledge but with other highly valued skills which are sought by some of the world’s most prestigious employers.

UCL offers a stimulating and richly rewarding experience for graduate students who want to study in one of the world’s leading centres of research and teaching. The university’s location on a compact site in the heart of London offers outstanding academic professional and social benefits. UCL is surrounded by the greatest concentration of libraries, museums, archives and professional bodies in Europe.

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The perfect environment for learning

  • UCL is rated eighth in the QS World University Rankings
  • UCL has the best academic to student ratio in the UK (3:10) (The Guardian university league tables 2019)
  • Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 29 people who are, or were, students or academics at UCL.
  • Based in Bloomsbury, central London, UCL is surrounded by the greatest concentration of libraries, museums, archives and professional bodies in Europe
  • UCL attracts top academics and students from 154 different countries, resulting in a vibrant and cosmopolitan academic community.

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A global leader in generating new knowledge

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Shape your career across multiple disciplines

  • UCL is the fourth highest rated university in Europe for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018)
  • UCL was awarded an Employer Reputation score of 99.2 out of 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2019
  • The average starting salary for UCL Master’s graduates was £27,600 in 2016/17, while research students achieved an average of £35,000. (HESA 2016/17)

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A proud history and an unrivalled ethos

  • UCL was founded in 1826 to open up university education in England to those who had been excluded from it. In 1878, it became the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms with men
  • UCL’s ethos is strongly influenced by its spiritual founder Jeremy Bentham, the utilitarian philosopher, who famously said: "it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong”
  • This philosophy manifests itself today in UCL’s approach and commitment to tackling global problems and the importance it places on global citizenship
  • More locally, UCL is the only London university to be a Beacon of Public Engagement, working with partners to build closer involvement between universities, local communities and the wider public

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Complex problems require complex responses. The only institutions in our society that bring together a range of different actors from different disciplines are universities. And UCL is paramountly the absolute best place to go to look for this kind of multidisciplinary response to one of the greatest challenges facing the world.

Dr Richard Horton Editor of 'The Lancet', on the UCL-Lancet Commission on Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change
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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.

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