UCL Faculties and Departments
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UCL Faculties

UCL’s academic structure consists of 11 faculties, each home to world-leading research, teaching and learning in a wide-ranging variety of fields. UCL is London’s leading multi-disciplinary university. Find out more about our faculties below.

Arts & Humanities

Faculty of Arts & Humanities website

The UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities is a renowned centre of excellence, where research of world-leading quality feeds directly into all programmes of study. 

Students benefit from the multi-disciplinary breadth of teaching in areas such as English, Philosophy, Greek & Latin, Hebrew & Jewish Studies along with more than 20 modern European languages. Programmes are available from our various centres for research, and the faculty also hosts the Slade School of Fine Art, which consistently contributes to the lively discourses of contemporary art, both nationally and internationally. 

We aim to enable students to follow their own academic interests and to develop both intellectually and personally.


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UCL’s Jeremy Bentham joins exhibition in New York

UCL has mounted a meticulously-planned operation to enable its spiritual forebear Jeremy Bentham to achieve in death what he always wanted to do in life: visit America. More...

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UCL Art Museum celebrates forgotten women

A new exhibition at UCL Art Museum entitled Prize & Prejudice reveals how young female artists won all the prizes at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art in 1918, the year women won the vote, only for many of them to disappear from sight.  More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Jonathan Wolff

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3067, internal 33067

PA: +44 (0)20 7679 3156, internal 37732

The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment

The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment

The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment website

We are the Bartlett: UCL's global faculty of the built environment. Our sections span the entire area of study and research. Individually, they lead their fields. In partnership, they develop new responses to pressing world issues. As a whole, they represent a world-leading, multidisciplinary faculty, united by the radical spirit of UCL.

Our schools and sections cover disciplines from architecture and planning, to energy and the global south, and together they form the UK’s most comprehensive and innovative faculty of the built environment.

We offer a full range of programmes in the built environment field, from undergraduate to postgraduate, as well as at MRes and doctoral levels. We also run a range of summer schools and foundation courses and are developing an executive education programme for future leaders in the built environment professions.


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Major new global urban health project to reduce inequalities launches

A major new research partnership, led by UCL and Imperial College London, to understand how we can transform cities around the world to support healthier lives, whilst also protecting the planet, has been set up with a £10m grant from Wellcome. More...

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Green energy blueprint for cutting UK electricity prices

A blueprint to cut UK electricity prices to bring them into line with competitor countries such as Germany and France as we move to low-carbon power generation has been proposed by UCL researchers. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Alan Penn

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 9139, internal x59139

PA: +44 (0)20 3108 9139, internal x59139

Brain Sciences

Brain Sciences

Faculty of Brain Sciences website

The UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in areas that range from neural pathways used to control body functions (e.g. hearing, sight and speech) to cognition and psychology, which determine human behaviour. 

We are recognised as world leaders in our fields and our work attracts staff and students from around the globe. The faculty and its component parts create an outstanding and vibrant environment for study and research. 

UCL is Europe’s research powerhouse in neuroscience. We are ranked second in the world, and first in Europe, in neuroscience and behaviour by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators, with more than twice as many publications and citations as any other European institution. UCL Neuroscience researchers generate over 30% of the country’s contribution to the most highly cited publications in neuroscience, more than twice as much as any other university. In neuroimaging and clinical neurology, UCL produces 65% and 44% of the UK's contribution to the world's most highly cited papers, five times that of the next highest UK institution.

The Faculty of Brain Sciences along with the Faculties of Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Population Health Sciences combine to form the School of Life & Medical Sciences. The School is one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field and has a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. The SLMS Domains encompass the breadth of research activity across the School within nine core groupings. This research is conducted in collaboration with other UCL departments and supported by partnerships with our NHS trusts, research councils, charities and industry.


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UCLUS research team at the Unit launch on 16 February 2018.

New UCL Unit of Stigma Research launches

A new research unit, the UCL Unit for Stigma Research (UCLUS), launched officially on Friday 16th February 2018. More...

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Regional brain shrinkage in MS predicts disability

A UCL-led research team has identified the pattern of brain tissue loss in multiple sclerosis, enabling improved prediction of disability progression. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Alan Thompson

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6924, internal x46924

PA: +44 (0)20 7679 6924, internal x46924

Engineering

Engineering

Faculty of Engineering website

UCL Engineering delivers research and training across all aspects of the modern world. Previous studies and work here have produced rapid vaccine productions, fibre-optic communications and the infrastructure of the internet, and we continue to deliver world-changing innovations.

Our students and staff are drawn from across the globe, as are our academic and business partners. Our teaching programmes focus on subjects that have an impact on the world around us, while their content is led by the best international research. Members of the faculty use their skills across Engineering's institutes and centres, within UCL, and in the wider world. 


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Building a nano-scale filter using DNA

Inspired by biological filters, scientists at UCL, Imperial College London and Yale University have designed and built a nanometre-sized pore that helps us to better understand the complex way by which cells transport genetic material and viruses. More...

Nerves

‘Off the shelf’ living artificial tissues could repair severe nerve injuries

Severe nerve damage has been successfully repaired in the laboratory using a new living artificial nerve tissue developed by UCL, ReNeuron and Sartorius Stedim Biotech. More...

Dean of Faculty

Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker - nigelth AT ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7293, internal x37293

PA - Johanna Novales - j.novales AT ucl.ac.uk:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0347, internal x30347

UCL Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education website

The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading school for education and social science. Founded in 1902, we currently have more than 7,000 students and 1,000 staff. We are active in every continent.

In the 2016 QS rankings, we were placed first in the world for education for the third year running, ahead of Harvard, Stanford and Melbourne. We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2014–16 for our “contribution to the policy and practice of education with international reach around innovative social research”.

We’ve trained more than 10,000 teachers over the past decade and are recognised by Ofsted for our ‘outstanding’ initial teacher training in every criterion across primary, secondary and further education. 

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, two-thirds of our publications were judged to be internationally significant and over a third were judged to be ‘world leading’. The findings of our high-quality research have influenced government activity and policy in areas from early years to higher education and workplace learning. We are placed first for research strength in education in the UK.

We also specialise in study and research in health, psychology and longitudinal studies, among other areas of social science. Our three birth cohort studies have had a major impact over many years on policy for health, gender equality and young people.


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State schools often better managed than private schools

State schools in Britain are often better managed than private schools, according to research from Professors Alex Bryson and Francis Green (UCL Institute of Education) to be published by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research next week. More...

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UCL celebrates success of young readers in London

UCL and the British Library today celebrated the achievements of London school children who have overcome literacy problems through the UCL’s Institute of Education’s (IOE) Reading Recovery Programme. More...

Dean of Faculty

Professor Becky Francis

Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6004

PA: +44 (0)20 7612 6004


Laws

Laws

Faculty of Laws website

UCL Laws is one of the world’s leading law schools. It is committed to the rigorous, multi-disciplinary and innovative study of law in all its dimensions, with particular attention to the global context in which law operates. 

The faculty’s top-rated research makes a vital contribution to the quality of our teaching and the supervision of our students. It also contributes to the development of law, whilst shaping legal practice and public policy. 

Our London base provides a positive opportunity to draw on the resources of a city that is the UK’s centre of law, commerce, finance and culture.


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UCL Leverhulme winners

Leverhulme Trust recognises UCL research excellence 

The Leverhulme Trust has recognised the excellence of UCL’s research, funding a doctoral training programme as well as making fifteen awards to academics to further their work in a wide range of fields including the study of the genes in yeast, chemistry and English literature. More...

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Questioning the ethics of Euroscepticism

In a UCL Lunch Hour Lecture delivered last week, Professor George Letsas, a specialist in the philosophy of law and human rights from UCL Laws, set out some of the ethical underpinnings of the Brexit debate. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Dame Hazel Genn

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1436, internal x21436

PA: 020 7679 1404, internal x21404

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Faculty of Life Sciences website

The UCL Faculty of Life Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching, which combines the strengths of UCL’s basic biological and preclinical sciences. Our work attracts staff and students from around the world, and together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment for both students and researchers. The faculty comprises the Division of Biosciences, the UCL School of Pharmacy, the UCL MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology and the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit. 

The Faculty of Life Sciences along with the Faculties of Brain Sciences, Medical Sciences and Population Health Sciences combine to form the School of Life & Medical Sciences. The School is one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field and has a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. The SLMS Domains encompass the breadth of research activity across the School within nine core groupings. This research is conducted in collaboration with other UCL departments and supported by partnerships with our NHS trusts, research councils, charities and industry.


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Tissue mechanics essential for cell movement

Cells that form facial features need surrounding embryonic tissues to stiffen so they can move and develop, according to new UCL-led research. More...

Nerves

‘Off the shelf’ living artificial tissues could repair severe nerve injuries

Severe nerve damage has been successfully repaired in the laboratory using a new living artificial nerve tissue developed by UCL, ReNeuron and Sartorius Stedim Biotech. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Geraint Rees

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0883, internal x40883

PA: 020 7679 0883, internal x40883

Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences website

The Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences encompasses the logical, experimental and mathematical study of our universe. Front-line research feeds directly into our teaching programmes, and our students benefit from access to first-class laboratory facilities. The faculty offers an array of three-year BSc and four-year Master's-level MSci degrees in emerging as well as more traditional academic areas.

The faculty provides a base for several research centres. These facilitate in-depth, interdisciplinary research through collaboration between experts within the faculty, and in related areas in Engineering and Life Sciences. The faculty also has its own interdepartmental degree programme: Natural Sciences.


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Building a nano-scale filter using DNA

Inspired by biological filters, scientists at UCL, Imperial College London and Yale University have designed and built a nanometre-sized pore that helps us to better understand the complex way by which cells transport genetic material and viruses. More...

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MAPS Faculty Postgraduate Prize Winners and Dean's Commendations Announced

Many congratulations to Yao Lu, winner of the 2017 Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize, and to Oliver Gittus, winner of the 2017 Faculty Postgraduate Taught Prize. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Nick Brook

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2818, internal x32818

PA: 020 7679 0650, internal x30650

Medical Sciences

Medical Sciences

Faculty of Medical Sciences website

The UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences brings together UCL Medical School and seven of UCL's divisions and institutes, creating a powerhouse of medical science research and teaching. 

Staff in the faculty undertake world-leading research and teaching in areas that range from viral oncology to connective tissue disease and oral health. The faculty and its component parts create an outstanding and vibrant environment for study and research.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences along with the Faculties of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences, and Population Health Sciences combine to form the School of Life & Medical Sciences. The School is one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field and has a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. The SLMS Domains encompass the breadth of research activity across the School within nine core groupings. This research is conducted in collaboration with other UCL departments and supported by partnerships with our NHS trusts, research councils, charities and industry.


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NHS breast cancer patients to benefit from go ahead for UCL-pioneered treatment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given limited approval for suitable NHS patients to receive a new type of breast cancer treatment pioneered by clinical scientists at UCL, which will eventually benefit thousands of women and is already in use in many countries throughout the world. More...

The Tom Prince Cancer Trust

UCL gifted £1m for major research project on rare cancer

A UK wide research network for osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer primarily affecting teenagers and young adults, is to be set up by UCL thanks to a generous gift of £1m from The Tom Prince Cancer Trust.   More...


Dean of Faculty 

Professor Mark Emberton

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 2140, internal x52140

PA: +44 20 3108 2105, internal x52105

Population Health Sciences

Population Health Sciences

Faculty of Population Health Sciences website

The UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences brings together expertise in Child Health, Women's and Reproductive Health, Population Health, Global Health, Clinical Trials, Health Informatics and Cardiovascular Science. Its aim is to deliver outstanding research and teaching for improved human health, and the unifying concept that informs its scholarship and educational activity is the life course.

The faculty’s research elucidates the biological, behavioural and psychosocial processes that operate across an individual’s life, and across generations, that affect the development of disease in populations. This research informs undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational teaching. 

The Faculty of Population Health Sciences, along with the Faculties of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences and Medical Sciences combine to form the School of Life & Medical Sciences. The School is one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field and has a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. The SLMS Domains encompass the breadth of research activity across the School within nine core groupings. This research is conducted in collaboration with other UCL departments and supported by partnerships with our NHS trusts, research councils, charities and industry.


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Light exercise may lower death risk in older men

Clocking up just a few minutes at a time of any level of physical activity, including of light intensity, is linked to a lower risk of death in older men, suggests UCL-led research. More...

Opioids

North-south divide revealed as prescription of opioid drugs rise

The prescription of opioid drugs by GPs in England is steadily rising, especially in more deprived communities, even though they can cause complications and adverse effects and have not been proven to work for chronic pain, finds a new study led by UCL and UCLH. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Graham Hart

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6814, internal x46814

PA: +44 (0)20 7679 6814, internal x46814

Social & Historical Sciences

Social & Historical Sciences

UCL Social & Historical Sciences faculty website

The UCL Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences represents an area of knowledge where humanities and science meet. The interests and methods of the nine component departments offer excellent opportunities for innovative and collaborative research. 

Each of the departments has major research strengths in its own discipline. Some 200 academic staff contribute to the teaching activities across the faculty and their research activities are complemented by those of almost 100 research staff. The departments also play a major role in UCL’s growing network of interdisciplinary research centres.  


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Loneliest Tree

Loneliest tree in the world marks new age for our planet

The planet entered a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene in 1965, according to a new study led by UCL and University of New South Wales. More...

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Laser technology reveals the weight of some of UK’s and world’s biggest trees

New laser scanning technology is being used by UCL scientists to provide fresh and unprecedented insights into the structure and mass of trees, a development that will help plot how much carbon they absorb and how they might respond to climate change. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Mary Fulbrook

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3100, internal x33100

PA: 020 7679 3156, internal x37732

We also bring the best minds together from across faculties and departments to undertake interdisciplinary research that tackles the world’s major problems.