UCL is one of the world’s top multidisciplinary universities, with an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching.
Defining characteristics of a UCL education
An exceptional learning environment
- UCL is ranked 7th in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16.
- UCL has the best student to staff ratio in the UK (10:1 - Guardian University Guide 2017).
- Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 29 current or former 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.
A global leader in generating new knowledge
- UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted.
- UCL is the second-most cited university in Europe (Thomson Scientific Citation Index).
- 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.
Advancing your career
- UCL was awarded an Employer Reputation score of 99.8 out of 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16.
- The average starting salary for UCL Master’s graduates was £29,325 in 2014, while research students achieved an average of £39,462. These salaries are nearly 20% higher than the national average (HESA 2014).
A distinctive 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 on equal terms with men.
- 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.