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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 (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014)

7th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018).

29 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to people who are, or were, students or academics at UCL

155 - UCL staff and students come from a total of 155 countries

We attract the best and the brightest staff and students

1st UCL has the highest number of professors in any UK university.

1,025 professors among our academic staff; the average for the Russell Group (2015/16) is 500.

  • You’ll study with world-leading experts, and benefit from a programme of distinguished visitors and guest speakers.
  • You’ll benefit from outstanding individual attention for your studies.
  • Our wide-ranging expertise across all fields of study provides opportunities for groundbreaking cross-disciplinary investigation.


£530.5 million of research income (source: UCL annual report and financial statement 2015/16).

1st - UCL has the highest number of students funded through Doctoral Training Centres.

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 (source: Research Professional).

2nd - UCL has the second highest number of UK Research Council grant (2015/16)

Worldwide connections

Our exceptional links and networks give you the opportunity to make contacts and gain valuable experience, as well as the chance to work on meaningful projects that have a positive impact on society.

UCL’s ongoing links with industry and other partners include: Arup, Cisco, the BBC, the EU, CERN, NASA, the UK Parliament, the UN, Dyson, Eisai, the British Museum, Microsoft, Intel, EDF


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