Disruptive thinking has been the status quo since 1826.
1st in England to welcome students of any religion or social background.
1st in England to welcome women to university education.
1st in England to teach English, German, Chemistry, Engineering.
A brave and progressive approach that has continued to this day.
1st in England to have a fully open access university press.
We are amongst the best in the world
8th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022)
4th in Europe
4th in the UK
Academic excellence is where we excel.
30 Nobel laureates
11 academic faculties
1st in UK for research strength (REF 2014)
440 undergraduate programmes
150+ nationalities represented by student body
675 postgraduate programmes
We lead the field across a wide range of faculties.
Arts & Humanities
Institute of Education
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Population Health Sciences
Social & Historical Sciences
We work together across disciplines to solve the world's biggest problems.
An interdisciplinary approach.
A wide span of subject areas gives fresh perspective.
Develop sophisticated multi-faceted solutions to the world's most complex challenges - Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Human Wellbeing, Cultural Understanding, Transformational Technology, Justice and Equality.
Our community sits at the heart of one of the world's most dynamic cities.
In the heart of London’s Bloomsbury district – traditionally a place for rebels and innovators.
At the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, a consortium of over 90 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations.
Close to a wealth of academic resources – museums and libraries, academic and professional bodies, theatres, hospitals and medical institutes.
Close collaboration and partnerships with leading organizations and iconic institutes – such as the British Library, British Museum, RIBA, Zoological Society of London, Institute of Physics, the BBC, the Wellcome Trust, etc.
Also perfectly placed to foster enterprise and business partnerships (including through UCL Innovation & Enterprise)
A network connected across the globe.
300,000 alumni in 190 countries
53% international students
32% of our students studied abroad in 2018/19
37% international staff
150+ Erasmus+ partnerships
Partnerships with institutions worldwide
We are continually making an impact on the world we live in.
Some of our top projects and discoveries include the following:
Supported by the Duchess of Cambridge, we are working to discover how early life experience shape the human brain.
UCL students have won the Hult prize with a business idea aiming to alleviate food poverty in Southeast Asia.
UCL researchers have found first evidence of a supermassive black hole using the Event Horizon telescope.
UCL spinout company Autolus develops and commercialises T-cell therapies for the treatment of different cancers.
We are creating campuses equipped for the future.
£1.25 billion invested in transforming UCL facilities.
Brand new campus UCL East will be home to new degree programmes, research, innovation, and technologies.
The new Student Centre opened its doors in 2019 – an essential space to think, explore, collaborate, discover and challenge.
We teach our students how to think, not what to think.
We are investing £281.6 million into a new purpose-built biomedical facility which will house over 500 scientists from across UCL's neuroscience community.
UCL. Where ambitious innovators, visionary trendsetters and disruptive thinkers call home.