About University College London

UCL was rated the top university in the UK for research strength in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, and is ranked 10th in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. UCL’s founding principles of academic excellence and research aimed at addressing real-world problems continue to inform its ethos to this day through focusing its research endeavours on the Grand Challenges of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Cultural Understanding, Human Wellbeing, Transformative Technology, and Justice & Equality.

A Brief History

University College London (UCL) was founded in 1826, undeer the name London University, as a secular alternative to the University of Oxford and Cambridge. UCL was the first university to be established in London, and the first entirely secular university to admit students regardless of cultural background. In 1900 when the University of London was reconstituted as a federal university, UCL became one of the founding colleges and later rechartered as an independent college.

General Information

The expertise of UCL’s world-leading academics is applied in the ongoing development of degree programmes, broadly grouped in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Brain Sciences, Built Environment, Engineering Sciences, Laws, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Population Health Sciences, Social and Historical Sciences, as well as the Institute of Education.


Six popular courses


This programme combines a rigorous foundation in economic theories and quantitative tools with opportunities to consider real-world problems using evidenced-based economic analysis. You’ll be taught by experts who combine their research experience with an innovative curriculum and teaching methods, preparing you to research and solve problems independently through an economics-lens in the future.

International Social and Political Studies

Taught by a distinguished faculty, ISPS students engage in critical analysis, research, and debate, fostering their abilities to address pressing international issues. With its central London location and UCL's prestigious reputation, ISPS provides an exceptional educational experience for those passionate about social and political studies on a global scale.


The Bartlett UCL is consistently ranked the highest in Europe and the UK and among the highest in the world for the "Architecture and the Built-Environment" category in all major rankings. Architecture BSc offers students a wide and diverse range of experiences so that they can develop an independent, creative, experimental and rigorous approach to design. Students are guided towards discovering their own architectural vision within a vibrant and exciting culture.


This six-year programme includes an integrated BSc, leading to the awards of Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The curriculum is centred on key health problems, clinical presentations and patient pathways.


This three-year programme, accredited by the British Psychological Society, exposes you to a very wide coverage of the field of psychology. It includes the opportunity for a measure of specialisation within your studies, so you can make informed and rational decisions about your future career.

Biological science

The Biological Science program at University College London (UCL) is a prestigious and highly regarded academic offering. It provides students with a solid foundation in the fundamental principles of biology, encompassing areas such as genetics, physiology, ecology, and molecular biology.