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

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

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

Burlington House (Piccadilly)

Burlington House

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.