UCL Faculties and Departments
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UCL Faculties

UCL’s academic structure consists of 10 faculties, each home to world-class research, teaching and learning in a wide-ranging variety of fields. In fact, UCL is London’s largest 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.

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.


Departments

Latest Built Environment News

Students at UCL

National Student Survey: improvement in student satisfaction

Student satisfaction at UCL has risen by 2%, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results. More...

Professor Sir Peter Hall

A tribute to Professor Sir Peter Hall (1932-2014)

Today we received with sadness the news of the passing of our dear colleague, friend, and outstanding planner and academic, Professor Sir Peter Hall. Please find a tribute to Professor Sir Peter Hall, written by Professor Matthew Carmona (UCL Built Environment), commemorating his life and career below: More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Alan Penn

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

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


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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.


Latest Brain Sciences News

Liz Sampson reflects on being awarded William Farr Medal

I was very honoured to be nominated by the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry for the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries’ William Farr Medal. This is awarded annually to medical practitioners who have made a significant contribution to the management of illness in elderly people. This can be in any research discipline as part of original work by those who are in mid-career. The award consists of a medal and is named after William Farr, a Fellow of the Royal Society, who stressed the importance of correct diagnosis in planning clinical treatment. More...

Dr Selina Wray with some of her stem cells

Creating brain cells from skin to study Alzheimer’s

An early-career researcher at UCL has just been awarded £900,000 for a stem cell study to develop new treatments for dementia. 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. 


Departments

Latest Engineering Sciences News

bacteria

Renewable fossil fuel alternative made using bacteria

In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) to generate renewable propane. More...

Sad boy

Study reveals scale of the sexual exploitation of boys

The sexual exploitation of boys and young men is a much bigger problem than previously thought according to a landmark study released today.
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Dean of Faculty

Professor Anthony Finkelstein

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

PA: 020 7679 0347, internal x30347

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.

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.


Latest Life Sciences News

Bain des Japonais Spring

Our ancestor’s ‘leaky’ membrane answers big questions in biology

All life on Earth came from one common ancestor – a single-celled organism – but what it looked like, how it lived and how it evolved into today’s modern cells is a four billion year old mystery being solved by researchers at UCL using mathematical modelling. More...

Students at UCL

National Student Survey: improvement in student satisfaction

Student satisfaction at UCL has risen by 2%, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results. 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.


Departments

Latest Mathematical & Physical Sciences News

Biofilm

3D model shows survival strategies of bacteria

Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, for example during treatment with antibiotics, and scientists have unravelled the secrets of how they do this with a new 3D model.  More...

in2science students

Project to support state school students to study STEM at university celebrates biggest year yet

108 school students from low income backgrounds have been given a step up towards studying STEM subjects at university, thanks to in2ScienceUK, a project founded by UCL PhD student Rebecca McKelvey and marked this week at a celebration evening at UCL for students and scientist mentors.
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Dean of Faculty

Professor Richard Catlow

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.


Latest Medical Sciences News

No smoking

Interactive website helps lower-income smokers to stop smoking

People with lower incomes attempting to quit smoking are 36% more likely to succeed if they use a new interactive website called ‘StopAdvisor’ than if they use a static information website, finds a randomised controlled trial led by UCL researchers. More...

Statins

Modest effect of statins on diabetes risk and bodyweight related to mechanism of action

The mechanism by which statins increase the risk of type 2 diabetes has been investigated in a large-scale analysis from an international team led by researchers from UCL and the University of Glasgow, using information from genetic studies and clinical trials. More...


Dean of Faculty 

Professor David Lomas

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6503, internal x36503

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, epidemiology and healthcare, global health 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.


Latest Population Health Sciences News

No smoking

Interactive website helps lower-income smokers to stop smoking

People with lower incomes attempting to quit smoking are 36% more likely to succeed if they use a new interactive website called ‘StopAdvisor’ than if they use a static information website, finds a randomised controlled trial led by UCL researchers. More...

Statins

Modest effect of statins on diabetes risk and bodyweight related to mechanism of action

The mechanism by which statins increase the risk of type 2 diabetes has been investigated in a large-scale analysis from an international team led by researchers from UCL and the University of Glasgow, using information from genetic studies and clinical trials. 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.  


Departments

Latest Social & Historical Sciences News

The Nordic Genetic Resource Center

Large AHRC grant awarded to UCL-led heritage project

Dr Rodney Harrison (UCL Institute of Archaeology) has been awarded a £1.6million AHRC Large Grant to lead an innovative research programme called ‘Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage’, one of three grants announced today by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). More...

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Clearing, Adjustment and Confirmation 2014

UCL has no places available through Clearing. However, we have a small number of places available through UCAS Adjustment for very well qualified applicants that have exceeded the conditions of their firm choice. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Mary Fulbrook

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

PA: 020 7679 3156, internal x33156 

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