University College London (UCL)

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. 

Top reasons to study here

  • UCL is 8th in the world in the “QS World University Rankings 2021.”
  • UCL was rated the top university in the UK for research strength in the last “Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).”
  • There have been 30 Nobel laureates among its former staff and students; a winner in every decade since the Prize started.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (61)
Social Sciences (60)
Education & Training (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)



UCL was founded in 1826 to open up higher education in England to those who had been excluded from it. It was the first university in England to welcome students of any religion or social background, and the first in England to welcome women to university education. This challenge to the norm and commitment to a fairer society was considered deeply unconventional by contemporary commentators.


  • UCL is widely regarded as an academic powerhouse, appearing in the top 20 in a range of worldwide rankings. UCL is 8th in the world in the “QS World University Rankings 2021.” 
  • UCL offers over 675 postgraduate programmes, and encourages our community to work across traditional subject boundaries.
  • UCL's vision is to transform the way that the world is understood, how knowledge is created and how problems are solved.


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

UCL’s researchers are continually making an impact on the world we live in; creating headlines across subject areas, locally in the UK and across the globe. 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.  


UCL has been ranked among the top 20 universities worldwide for graduate employability in the 2022 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

UCL understands that students choose to enter graduate study for a myriad of reasons, and they are 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.

For students interested in starting a business, UCL Innovation and Enterprise gives expert advice and practical support, as well as networking opportunities. 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • UCL is committed to providing an inclusive learning and working environment where students and staff of all religions, and none, can thrive.

  • Their Student Support and Wellbeing team of expert wellbeing, disability and mental health staff provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space, in which you can discuss any issues that may be affecting your ability to study.
  • UCL's Student Centre houses a large prayer room and a small room for silent prayer and meditation.
  • UCL has schemes to help students who are facing financial difficulties The university provides support to international students, such as assistance with visas
  • A Personal Tutor is on hand to help you settle into UCL through practical guidance and support.

Housing services

UCL provides a range of accommodation for graduate students.  Our halls vary in size, facilities and history. Whatever stage you are at and whatever questions you have, the UCL Accommodation team is there to help and get you settled in quickly

Library services

You can access a number of library and information services to help you get the most out of your time with us. Your UCL user ID means that email, wifi, library and print facilities will be available to you whenever you need them.

The libraries are an invaluable resource, find out about the services they provide, when they are open and search the catalogue.

ICT services

Support is available from IT services 24 hours a day, ensuring that you have 24/7 cover for all IT queries.

IT Services is your point of contact for supported computer hardware, software, IT account or other IT related issues; including telephone, audio visual and printing queries.

Medical services

UCL’s partner GP surgery is located just a few streets from our main campus. Many students living in north and central London will fall within its catchment area and will be able to register with them. Registration involves a simple online form followed by an in-person appointment at the surgery. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • UCL's main campus in central London is a fascinating place to visit. As you explore the campus, you will get a sense of what makes UCL stand out – from its wide range of facilities, excellent reputation, and pioneering history.
  • 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. With easy transport links across London to the rest of the UK and Europe, there's always something to do, see or learn.
  • UCL is an award-winning sustainable university, currently powered by 100% renewable energy, with the goal to be carbon neutral by 2024.

Sports facilities

UCL has numerous sports facilities in and around London, including full-size football, rugby and lacrosse pitches in Shenley in Hertfordshire, basketball, badminton and volleyball facilities just north of the Bloomsbury campus in Somers Town Sports Centre, and Bloomsbury Fitness: the UCL Students' Union health and fitness club.

Student clubs

  • With Students' Union UCL, you'll never have a better chance to throw yourself into something new. 
  • Driven by drama, sport, art or politics? With the Union's 250+ societies and sports clubs, there are all sorts of ways to discover something that could become your passion. All of these groups are run by students and are open to every student at UCL - they're the best way to meet friends, learn new skills and discover London.
  • The Union is also behind many of the events that help you get settled when you arrive. Be it games nights, a boat trip on the Thames or a pop-up cinema, the Union helps you make friends and memories you'll never forget.


UCL is regulated by the Office for Students

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Poor organization and communication skills from some departments.

Musings from a Freshman in London
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

-Very engaging classes, deep discussions, inclusive seminar environment -Access to quality academic resources -Access to quality galleries and chance of seeing the most up and coming of the world art scene -A lot of work, but I think it will be worth it in the end. -Three year course: save time save money.

Great experience
Alexis Brown rated 5 out of 5 stars

UCL was very supportive and offered a range of training courses.

London, England, United Kingdom

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