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The UCL Advantage

Why UCL?

At UCL we're proud of our pioneering history, our distinguished present and our exciting future. UCL is a great place to be a student – here are some of the reasons why.

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Learn about UCL's proud history and how it's a world-leading multi-disciplinary university based in the heart of London.

World-leading reputation

1st - UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength, according to the  Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, by a measure of research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted.

2nd - UCL is the 2nd most-highly cited university in Europe (source: Thomson Scientific Citation Index)

3rd in Europe (Academic World University Rankings 2015).

7th in the world, including 1st for education (QS World University Rankings 2015).

UCL has the best academic to student ratio in the UK – 1:10.3 compared to the national average of 1:16.8.

29 Nobel Prize winners who are, or were, students or academics at UCL.

UCL staff and students come from a total of 154 countries.

We attract the best and the brightest staff and students

2nd highest number of professors in any UK university.

840 professors; the UK average is 84

You’ll study with world-leading experts, and benefit from a programme of distinguished visitors and guest speakers.

Our wide-ranging expertise across all fields of study provides opportunities for groundbreaking interdisciplinary investigation.


£557 million of research grant income (2014)

1st - UCL is the best performing university in the first year of the EU funding scheme Horizon 2020, securing a total of €73.2 million over 55 projects

2nd - UCL has the second highest number of UK Research Council grants

3rd - UCL has the third highest number of European Research Council (FP7) grants awarded to EU Higher Education institutions 2007–2013.

Worldwide connections

The Yale UCL Collaborative is a unique partnership, enabling UCL students and staff to spend a period of time undertaking research at Yale University.

UCL's overseas campus in Doha, Qatar focuses on the cultural heritage and conservation of the region, while our campus in Adelaide, Australia is devoted to the energy and resources of the region.

We conduct research in collaboration with international industry partners such as Cisco, Intel and Microsoft.

Our academic partners span the globe, and include world-leading institutions such as NYU Wagner, Harvard, Stanford, the University of Peking, the University of Sydney and the University of Zurich.

We attract speakers and guest lecturers from around the world.