London – academic
Our location at the heart of one of the world's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities means that you're perfectly placed to take advantage of everything London has to offer. UCL's links to various academic, industrial and professional bodies in the capital provide outstanding benefits for our students.
Academic links and collaborations
London King's Cross station
UCL’s academic departments cultivate mutually beneficial
links and partnerships with research institutions, professional bodies
and employers. Such links extend internationally, nationally and
locally, since London is home to a significant concentration of such
organisations. In many subjects London and its resources are drawn upon
as a topic for investigation or to illustrate issues under discussion.
The many museums and galleries of London provide students of history, archaeology and history of art with access to the objects, artefacts and works being studied. Studying in London provides a uniquely rewarding dimension to your graduate studies. A vast array of academic resources, cultural riches and social opportunities await you, together with the benefits of access to the professional and international networks enjoyed by a capital city which plays a significant role on the world stage.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Expansion, redevelopment and construction works are taking
place all over London, with major projects including the creation of the
560-acre Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (due to open in phases from July
2013), and the construction of Crossrail, a 74-mile stretch of railway
connecting the capital to commuter areas east and west of London, due to
open to passenger services in 2017. These activities provide
fascinating case studies for students in fields such as geography, civil
engineering, architecture and planning.
In subjects such as architecture and law, practising
professionals provide teaching and guest lectures, and being a political
science or law student in London means you are able to observe your
subjects in action from the public galleries of the Houses of
Parliament, Royal Courts of Justice and the Central Criminal Court (Old
Bailey). Your tutor or supervisor, together with your own curiosity,
will help you identify the resources of most relevance and interest to
you. Outlined here, by way of introduction, are just some of the many
facilities and resources available.
Libraries and archives
In addition to the UCL Library, you will also have access
to the University of London Research Library Services, including the
Senate House Library and the specialist libraries of the institutes of
the School of Advanced Study. The British Library is only a ten-minute
walk from UCL’s Bloomsbury campus; it holds more than 150 million items,
including books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and
drawings, music scores and sound recordings, and provides a specialist
service for academic researchers.
London is also home to many specialist libraries and
archives, including the National Archives at Kew and the London
Metropolitan Archives. In these collections you can access unique and
detailed materials relevant to an enormous range of interests, from the
history of medicine to slavery and child labour, British film, art and
architecture to psychoanalysis, to name but a few.
Museums and galleries
Many nationally and internationally renowned collections
are housed in London’s famous museums and galleries, which include the
British Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria and
Albert Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the Tate
Modern and Tate Britain galleries. UCL maintains good relations with
many of London’s museums and galleries, and their collections form a
resource for research across a range of fields, as well as professional
insights for students undertaking degrees in museum and heritage
studies, and conservation. Of course, the exhibits and collections are
also open to the public for general interest.
Professional institutions and societies
Many of the UK’s professional societies and institutions have their headquarters in London; examples include the Bar Council, British Medical Association, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Town Planning Institute, Royal Historical Society and Royal Geographical Society. Each offers services and support to professionals within its own field, but may be slightly different in its operation and administration. In general, however, these institutions can provide opportunities to attend lectures, debates and events, to meet with prospective employers, and to access specialised library resources.
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