UCL Doctoral School

The UCL Doctoral School is responsible for ensuring that research students enrolled at UCL are provided with enhanced opportunities, support and facilities that will enable you to achieve your potential.

UCL Codes of Conduct for Graduate Degrees

The UCL Code of Conduct for Graduate Research Degrees outlines what you can expect from your supervisor and department, as well as your responsibilities as a research student.

The UCL Code of Conduct for Graduate Taught Degrees outlines what you can expect from your programme director, project supervisor and departmental graduate tutor, as well as the responsibilities you will be expected to fulfill.

For details for the codes, visit www.grad.ucl.ac.uk/codes

Skills Development Programme

The purpose of the Skills Development Programme, which is open to all research students, is to give you the opportunity to expand your generic research skills and personal transferable skills. These skills are intended to help in you research and also to enhance your employability. The courses are offered free-of-charge and are in addition to specific training offered by academic departments and faculties.

Financial support

Research Projects and Conference Funds are awarded by the Doctoral School to enable students to take up special opportunities to enhance their research. These have included, for example, presenting research at international conferences, and visting archives or laboratories elsewhere.

Research Scholarships are offered to outstanding research students. See www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships for details.


The Research Poster Competition, Review Competition and Research Images Competition enable graduate students to exercise their skills by presenting their work to a panel of academic judges, their peers and the public, as well as the chance to win generous prizes.

Facilities, academic societies and events

The Doctoral School plays an important role in providing intellectual and social contacts between graduate students, enabling you to meet fellow students from different disciplines, countries and backgrounds.

One element of this is the provision of:

  • a dedicated Graduate Computer Cluster Room (located in the Science Library)
  • a Graduate Hub comprising a seminar room for group discussion and presentations, a breakout space with integrated kitchenette, and a common room. The Hub will be further extended with a suite of 9 individual study carrels in the spring of 2014.
  • a Graduate Study Suite – 'Research Grid'. The suite includes 16 large study desks with PCs and a group working room for six students. There is a small bank of lockers in the entrance lobby, alongside comfortable seating and a tea point.

You may also join one of the supported academic societies, which organise graduate seminars and social events.

Welcome events for new graduate students provide an excellent introduction to the services and facilities on offer, and to the activities of the Postgraduate Association of the Students' Union.