Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. UCL promotes equality and diversity as key to its academic, social and business success. This includes good practice in gender, age, race, disability, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and religion and belief equality, that has been recognized widely (e.g. by Stonewall for LGBT and Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) University Silver Award for gender).
UCL is the fourth-ranked university in the 2012 QS World University Rankings. 21 Nobel Prize winners have come from the UCL community. UCL currently has over 13,000 undergraduate and 9,000 postgraduate students. Its annual income is over £700 million.
Within the Faculty of Life Sciences, the Division of Bioscience comprises the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology and the departments of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, Structural and Molecular Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology. The constituent departments of the Division of Bioscience have long and distinguished histories that can be traced back to the early nineteenth century and the foundation of the College. The Faculty has been associated with six Nobel Laureates. It presents an unrivalled environment for students and researchers in life science disciplines ranging from psychology and language sciences through neuroscience to the biology of molecules, cells and organisms. Located in the heart of the UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, it provides outstanding opportunities for research-led and research-based study leading to one of 20 BSc and 20 MSc degrees. The Faculty is home to 500 graduate students studying on some of the UK’s most prestigious PhD programmes. The Faculty of Life Sciences together with the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences form the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS). SLMS is home to the UCL Medical School and provides a powerful link between the basic biological sciences and medicine.
UCL enjoys a beautiful location at the heart of London, in close proximity to a host of cultural icons that include the British Museum and the National Gallery. Studying and working at UCL will provide you with the opportunity to explore the best cultural and social events that makes London one of the most vibrant and multicultural cities in the world.