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UCL Faculties

UCL's academic structure consists of 10 faculties, each home to world-class research, teaching and learning in an exciting and wide-ranging variety of fields. In fact, UCL is the largest leading university in London. 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.


Departments

Latest Arts & Humanities News

medicinepoetry

Medical Poetics: call for entries for Yale-UCL Medicine poetry competition

This year's Yale-UCL poetry competition is now open for entries from medical students looking to render their Aesculapian experiences in verse… and win £1000. The upcoming deadline is Saturday, 10 May 2014 and the winner(s) will be announced at the end of July. More...

Captain Jerry Roberts at UCL

Tribute to Captain Jerry Roberts MBE

Captain Jerry (Raymond C.) Roberts – one of the last of a top World War Two codebreaking team at Bletchley Park – has died, aged 93, following a short illness. Professor Susanne Kord (UCL German) pays tribute below: More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Jonathan Wolff

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

PA: +44 (0)20 7679 3156, internal 33156


Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment website

The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, comprises eight sections covering the full spectrum of built environment domains, including architecture, complex built environment systems, construction and project management, development planning, energy and sustainable resources, town planning, space and spatial analysis. This allows it to tackle the most significant interdisciplinary issues facing the world, including UCL's Grand Challenges for Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interactions, Human Wellbeing and Global Health.

The Bartlett has a world-leading reputation for education and research, attracting students and staff worldwide. Working in partnership with London's exceptional concentration of built environment firms and acting in local contexts across the globe, The Bartlett is an urban institution engaged with urban phenomena. It offers a vibrant centre of exchange for the built environment, acting as an academic, cultural and professional hub where leading research is announced and discussed, lively debates are hosted and encouraged, and innumerable exhibitions, conferences, public talks and film screenings take place.


Departments

Latest Built Environment News

SET for Britain group

UCL researchers set to take their research to parliament

Sixteen researchers from around UCL have been shortlisted to present their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s SET for Britain competition. More...

Green Economy

Policies to green the economy must underpin UK recovery: new report

Floods illustrate the need for urgent action from government to green the economic recovery, in order to address climate change and wider environment and resource issues, says UCL Commission Chair. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Alan Penn

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4567, internal x24567

PA: +44 (0)20 7679 4567, internal x24567


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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

Professor Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society

UCL and Max Planck Society invest €5m to open world’s first computational psychiatry centre

The world’s first centre for computational psychiatry was launched on Tuesday 1st April, following a €5m investment from the Max Planck Society and UCL to be spent over the next 5 years. More...

Capillaries showing pericytes in purple

Cell-saving drugs could reduce brain damage after stroke

Long-term brain damage caused by stroke could be reduced by saving cells called pericytes that control blood flow in capillaries, reports a new UCL-led study. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Alan Thompson

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6559, internal x46559

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


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

Prize Presentation

UCL student presents racing eight boat to University of London Boat Club

A top-of-the-range racing eight was presented to University of London Boat Club (ULBC) last week as part of the Parmigiani Spirit Award won by UCL student and captain of the ULBC James Cook. More...

SET for Britain group

UCL researchers set to take their research to parliament

Sixteen researchers from around UCL have been shortlisted to present their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s SET for Britain competition. More...

Dean of Faculty

Professor Anthony Finkelstein

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

PA: 020 7679 0347, internal x30347


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.


Latest Laws News

Memorandoms of James Martin

Jeremy Bentham and the escaped convicts

The most well-known escape of prisoners transported from England to Australia in the 18th Century has been brought to life, thanks to handwritten accounts by the convicts unearthed in the collections of the philosopher Jeremy Bentham at UCL and now published online for the first time. More...

UCL top in research council income

UCL researchers and those who support their grant applications to research councils are to be congratulated, writes Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research). More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Dame Hazel Genn

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

PA: 020 7679 1404, internal x21404


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

SET for Britain group

UCL researchers set to take their research to parliament

Sixteen researchers from around UCL have been shortlisted to present their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s SET for Britain competition. More...

Yamnaya Skeleton

Natural selection has altered the appearance of Europeans over the past 5,000 years

Ancient DNA from archaeological skeletons shows that Europeans had darker skin, hair, and eye pigmentation 5,000 years ago. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Mary Collins

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 9301, internal x09301

PA: 020 7679 0883, internal x40883


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

Samples of silicone with the various dyes infused

Scientists develop world’s first light-activated antimicrobial surface that also works in the dark

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when activated by light - even under modest indoor lighting. And in a first for this type of substance, it also shows impressive antibacterial properties in total darkness. More...

SET for Britain group

UCL researchers set to take their research to parliament

Sixteen researchers from around UCL have been shortlisted to present their research to a panel of expert judges and over 100 MPs in this year’s SET for Britain competition. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Richard Catlow

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

PA: 020 7679 0650, internal x30650


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

medicinepoetry

Medical Poetics: call for entries for Yale-UCL Medicine poetry competition

This year's Yale-UCL poetry competition is now open for entries from medical students looking to render their Aesculapian experiences in verse… and win £1000. The upcoming deadline is Saturday, 10 May 2014 and the winner(s) will be announced at the end of July. More...

UCL Quad and UCL Hospital

Mayor launches MedCity with £4.1m investment

The Mayor of London today launched MedCity, a partnership between UCLPartners, King’s Health Partners, Imperial College AHSC, Oxford, Cambridge and the Greater London Authority, to establish London and the Greater South East as a world-leading cluster for life sciences. 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

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

Launch of new research unit in blood borne and sexually transmitted infections

A new collaboration of health protection researchers across UCL, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Public Health England has launched today.
More...

Fruit and vegetables

UCL study finds new evidence linking fruit and vegetable consumption with lower mortality

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42% compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new UCL study. 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

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

Micropasts

Crowd-sourcing Britain's Bronze Age: call for public to help catalogue and model prehistoric artefacts

A new joint project by the British Museum and the UCL Institute of Archaeology is seeking online contributions from members of the public to enhance a major British Bronze Age archive and artefact collection.
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UCL unveiling event

Royal Tudor foundation stone rediscovered at UCL

A stone marking Henry VIII’s foundation of the Royal Naval Dockyard at Deptford 500 years ago has been rediscovered behind a false wall in the Geography department of UCL. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Mary Fulbrook

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

PA: 020 7679 3156, internal x33156 


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