Department profile

Faculty of Brain Sciences

UCL - University College London
2017/18 edition

About Faculty of Brain Sciences

UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences: Invest in your future at London’s global university

  • UCL is rated as the top UK university by research strength (REF2014)
  • UCL Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience is rated first in the UK for research power, with 83% of our submission rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)
  • UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences is the UK’s strongest medical research grouping (REF 2014)

The Faculty of Brain Sciences has a vision to solve the greatest health and wellbeing problems in the brain sciences, in order to transform society and reduce the global burden of disease.

We offer a large range of research-embedded educational programmes, designed and taught by global leaders in their fields, in the areas of:

Our educational programmes build upon our research expertise and applied clinical knowledge. They encompass genes, molecules and cells, systems, behaviour and complex interventions with key themes of sensory systems and therapies, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection, mental health and understanding and influencing behaviour.

Many of our academics and researchers hold joint posts with a number of world-famous hospitals and research centres, such as the Moorfields Eye Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, providing our programmes with strong clinical links, and the possibility of offering world-class education for advanced training in translational research. Please visit our website to watch some of our key researchers discussing their work.

Our ambition is to train the next generation of leaders in the field of brain sciences. Find out how you can be part of this exciting and stimulating environment.

“I am very proud to be Dean of a Faculty which offers so many opportunities for research-embedded education, and which places the student experience at the heart of our educational vision. It is a privilege to be able to train the next generation of leaders who will become UCL ambassadors in their careers as researchers, clinicians, educators, professionals and entrepreneurs.”

Prof Alan Thompson, Dean Faculty of Brain Sciences

Worldwide reputation


UCL is ranked joint 5th with Oxford in the QS 2014 World University Rankings and UCL Neuroscience is ranked second worldwide (behind Harvard), in the field of neuroscience and behaviour. This expertise allows us to design and deliver a first-class education in a global environment.



Our graduate programmes provide you with excellent discipline knowledge and applied, clinical and research skills for careers in specific areas such as psychiatry, speech and language therapy, psychology, ear, nose and throat, and further research. In addition, you will acquire a range of transferable skills, such as scientific writing, data analysis and entrepreneurship that make our graduates highly employable. 89% of our 2013 graduates on taught postgraduate programmes are in work or further study (DLHE Survey)

"I first joined UCL as a Psychology undergraduate and was immediately captivated by the course and its exciting research environment. This, ultimately, led me to stay on to complete a PhD in Experimental Psychology. In my experience, one of the most appealing and invaluable aspects of the UCL community is that it encourages intellectual curiosity right from an undergraduate level. Lecturers and research staff always welcome questions and make time for discussion of ideas and thoughts. As well as its academic excellence, UCL has a genuine, supportive nature that encourages personal and professional development. This appears inherent in its researchers as well as by the numerous academic and non-academic training programs that it offers. Together my time at UCL has equipped me with invaluable skills and experiences for the future and I can see myself remaining part of the UCL community for years to come."

Dr Sylvia Vitello (BSc Psychology 2010, PhD 2014)

The London Advantage

One of the many advantages of being in the centre of London is our alignment and collaboration with a number of world famous hospitals and research centres including the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour and the Francis Crick Institute (due to open 2015); the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre; our NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Biomedical Research Centres, NIHR Dementia Biomedical Research Unit, Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease Research Network (DeNDRoN), UCL Clinical Trials Collaborative Group and UCL Partners (including the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital). The Clinical and Educational Psychology programmes and the Speech and Language Therapy programme have a large network of placements across London and the South East in hospitals, primary care trusts and educational facilities.

Facilities and support arrangements

UCL provides the library and IT facilities associated with a world-leading university. The various institutes and divisions in the faculty have excellent discipline-specific facilities to support your studies.

We also provide students with a wealth of services and facilities to meet their cultural, social, and leisure interests and their practical needs. For more information visit:

English language support

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) offers a range of excellent courses in English for Academic Purposes, including pre-sessional courses, longer preparatory courses and foundation programmes. Full details are available on the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) website.

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK. Full details are available on the UCL Prospective Graduate website.

Information for international students

Fees, funding and costs

Financial matters are a concern for all students, and careful planning is important. You will have to pay tuition fees for the programme you are undertaking, and will need money to cover your living expenses.

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+44 (0) 20 7679 2000
Gower Street
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