UCL: London's global university

  • First English university to admit women as full degree students
  • First English university to admit students of all beliefs and ethnicities
  • 210 clubs and societies with 18,000 memberships sold
  • 49% of the student body volunteer on external community projects (2011-12)
  • Students from 150 countries and 100 staff nationalities
  • 20% of students study abroad as part of their degree
  • 21 modern languages taught at UCL
  • Central London location

Critical and Creative Thinkers

Each of UCL's degree programmes is rigorous and intellectually challenging. The academic experience we offer exposes our students to new ways of thinking, requires them to search for solutions to real-world problems, and encourages them to pursue their own lines of enquiry. We believe that this approach creates graduates who are trained to think critically and creatively, to respect differences of option, and who are prepared to tackle the most difficult of problems.

UCL students' research work has real impact outside of academia


"I undertook an internship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), where I prepared a four-page briefing for parliamentarians on personalised medicine, presenting a scientific issue to non-specialist politicians in a concise format.

"I hadn't considered working for parliament before, but thought I'd apply as I'm interested in how science is perceived by the public - and those who represent the public. I proposed a briefing on the topic of racial profiling for drug development, which was then expanded to include all forms of personalised medicine, drawing on my PhD research into the reproductive hormones of Bangladeshi men.

Kesson Magid
PhD, Biological Anthropology

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UCL is developing new kinds of courses to train our graduates for the 21st century


"The UCL Centre for Applied Global Citizenship Studies enables me to teach Applied Studies to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The course integrates a short applied placement for students in an NGO, governmental, community or business organisation within a supporting framework of seminars and coursework.

Students embrace the mix of theory and practice and realise their academic and personal research interests in the context of non-academic professional skills development. They learn to solve problems relevant to the issues they care about."

Dr Rodney Reynolds
UCL Centre for Applied Global Citizenship Studies

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Research-led teaching is the cornerstone of the student academic experience


"At UCL, students of astrophysics have the opportunity to undertake real-life reserach. A funded programme at the Mill Hill observatory provided students with the opportunity to observe extrasolar planets.

The aim of this work was to engage students directly with astronomical research in a topical, fast-growing field. The results of the successful observation - led by undergraduates - were published in a refereed journal. This experience of collaborative research promoted team-working and communication skills, provided a focus for innovation and creativity and raised ambition by delivering useful science results."

Dr Steve Fossey
UCL Astrophysics

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UCL provides a web-based resource to help students to develop their critical thinking. Please click here to access the Skills4Study resource.

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