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
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
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.