The UCL Advantage

Located in the heart of London, UCL offers you the best in academic and cultural life both within and beyond the university.

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.

About UCL 2015 (YouTube)

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

2nd - UCL is the second most-highly cited university in Europe and 15th in the world (source: Thomson Scientific Citation Index)

1st - rated the best research university in London, and third best in the UK overall, by the UK government’s latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

5th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014/15).

4th in Europe (Academic World University Rankings 2014)

UCL has the best academic to student ratio in the UK – 1:10.2 compared to the national average of 1:17.8.

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

UCL staff and students come from a total of 151 countries.

We attract the best and the brightest staff and students

2nd highest number of professors in any UK university.

920 professors; the UK average is 105.

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 interdisciplinary investigation.


£334 million of research grant income (2012/13).

1st - UCL has the 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.

1st - UCL has the highest number of students funded through Doctoral Training Centres, with 1,000 PhD students funded over the next five years.

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.