United Kingdom

UCL was founded in 1826 to open up higher education in England to those who had been excluded from it – becoming the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms with men in 1878. 

Academic excellence and research that addresses real-world problems inform our ethos to this day and are central to our 20-year strategy, UCL 2034.

World-leading research feeds directly into our degree programmes. Students study with experts in their field and benefit from a programme of distinguished visitors and guest speakers. See more advantages of graduate study at UCL or undergraduate

Interdisciplinary learning
Many of UCL's degree programmes, including the new, combined Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, allow students to build a customised study programme. UCL prospectus

Global citizenship
We are committed to providing the academic foundation and personal development opportunities that will equip our graduates to rise to the challenges of life after university. 

UCL attracts students from 150 countries and has active exchange and research links with nearly 300 overseas universities. 25% of undergraduate students spend time studying abroad as part of their degree. 

UCL is one of the most successful UK universities at attracting funding, with an income of more than £1 billion in 2014. UCL research income has risen more than 20% over the past three years to more than £374.5 million in 2014. 

This included receiving the highest allocation of Research Council UK funding and being the UK's top participant in EU collaborative research.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework gave UCL a ‘grade point average’ of 3.54 (out of 4) for the real-world impact of its research, placing it among the top comprehensive universities rated.


UCL Cancer Institute


The UCL Cancer Institute is the hub for cancer research at University College London. The Institute draws together over 300 talented scientists who are working together to translate research discoveries into developing kinder, more effective therapies for cancer patients. If you are thinking about studying with us, applications to our flagship MSc Cancer postgraduate programme is open to application for September 2018 start. 

View this employer's current jobs

Key staff:

UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur is internationally renowned for his contribution to education and to medical research. He joined UCL in September 2013.


Action for equality and diversity 


UCL Cancer Institute is proud to hold an Athena SWAN silver award in recognition of our commitment to advancing equality and diversity.

Key facts:

More than 4,000 academic and research staff at UCL are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards.

UCL has the best academic to student ratio in the UK (1:10), enabling small class sizes and outstanding individual support (Times 2013).

UCL has more professors than any other UK university, meaning our students get taught by the most highly qualified experts in their field (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2011).

At 88%, UCL has one of the highest student satisfaction levels in the UK (National Student Survey 2011).