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.
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.
Your graduate degree constitutes an important step on your route to achieving your ambitions. Whatever your plans, study at UCL is designed to equip you not only with the academic knowledge associated with your chosen qualification, but also with skills for life.
Vital skills such as organising your ideas and time, analysing information, communicating complex concepts, appreciating and assimilating different perspectives, and applying theory to real-world circumstances are built into our programmes and supported by training. Such skills are highly valued by employers, and UCL offers a wealth of advice and support to help you achieve your personal, academic and professional aims. Our series of professional networking events is specifically designed to help new graduates embark on their careers.
UCL Careers: Services available to graduate students
Personal consultations to discuss future plans, or help with writing a CV or filling in application forms and practice interviews including PhD-specific appointments
Bespoke Careers Consultant-led workshops for graduate students, including international students
Employer-led events including career skills development workshops, networking events and forums
Master’s Quickfix! sessions, covering all aspects of career planning and applications including finding and funding a PhD
Job vacancy information and a careers information library with information ranging across the UK and overseas, and support in finding work placements.
Careers also runs a
vast number of events which are open to all students. UCL Careers is part of The Careers Group, University of London. UCL
students are eligible to attend events hosted by The Careers Group.
Advances is UCL’s
centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction. We help
our students who want to learn about, start or grow a business. We provide funding, business mentoring and consultancy, free office space,
networking opportunities and internships, a programme of events and prizes for
UCL Advances is unique in the UK Higher Education sector
Get involved with local businesses and gain hands-on experience by
becoming a student consultant.
Our business advisors provide impartial, confidential advice and
business support to UCL students and recent alumni looking to start or
develop their business
The UCL Bright Ideas Awards – established in 2008 to help new
companies take their first steps into the market – offer a total of
£50,000 in business loans to UCL student entrepreneurs.
Case study: MiniManuscript
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PhD student Jake Fairnie and Dr Anna Remington (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) have developed a website where users can work together to summarise research papers. MiniManuscript, described as the Wikipedia for academic literature, won the UCL Bright Ideas Award in 2012 together with a Shell Livewire Grand Ideas Award. The duo hope that MiniManuscript will be a huge timesaver for researchers, providing a much-needed tool in the world of academic research. “It’s like watching trailers for movies before you watch them,” explains Jake, “it doesn’t replace the full feature but it means you only go to see the ones you really want to watch.”
Case study: BlueRonin
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BlueRonin (now called BaseStone) is an integrated platform and mobile application, enabling engineers and architects to manage their drawings more effectively. It’s the brainchild of UCL alumnus Alex Siljanovski, who, following advice from UCL Advances, developed a proposition that won the London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge in 2013. He has now taken his product to market and runs the business from the IDEALondon offices in Shoreditch, East London.
Local impact, global impact
UCL works in London, the UK and throughout the world with partners in education, business, healthcare, development, philanthropy and government to find solutions to some of humankind’s most pressing issues, and to undertake groundbreaking research across the academic spectrum. A few examples are shown here.
The Francis Crick Institute is a brand-new biomedical research institute based in the King's Cross area of London, a short walk from UCL. It is scheduled to open in 2015 and will carry out research into illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and neurological diseases. UCL is one of the founding partners of this unique, interdisciplinary centre.
The Yale UCL Collaborative is a multi-disciplinary, transatlantic research, education and clinical collaboration between Yale University and UCL. Originally set up to share knowledge in the field of cardiovascular medicine, the initiative has subsequently expanded to other biomedical fields and other disciplines, including engineering, history, philosophy and law.
A ‘Cities Changing Diabetes’ programme has been developed by UCL, Novo Nordisk and the Steno Diabetes Centre, a world-leading institution in diabetes care and prevention. Launched initially in Mexico City, with the intention of rolling out to cities in Europe, Asia and North America, the programme aims to map the areas where diabetes is most prevalent and drive concrete action to fight the disorder.
UCL engineers are working with the Peruvian, German and UK governments to develop and implement low carbon transport policies, and are working on a demonstration project in Lima which will show how such policies can improve the quality of life for the whole population.
Research into, and teaching of, Chinese health is carried out by UCL’s China Centre for Health & Humanity, in collaboration with Peking University. The research includes work on the origins and spread of acupuncture and Chinese medical knowledge and its practice around the world.
Researchers from UCL EPICentre (Earthquake and People Interaction Centre) are working in Japan and other tsunami- and earthquake-prone areas, investigating the effects of tsunami on coastal infrastructure, developing methods of predicting building and infrastructure damage in earthquakes, and using new technologies for disaster relief and mitigation purposes.
UCL’s interdisciplinary Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group works with indigenous peoples, giving them innovative tools to map areas of importance to them and log any incursions into those areas. This helps to ensure that during the development of policy decisions their voices will be heard.
Scientists at CERN, including members of UCL’s High Energy Physics Group, announced in 2013 that they had found the elusive Higgs Boson. The existence of this subatomic particle, crucial to the formation of the universe, had previously only been theorised.
At the very heart of UCL’s mission is our research. We aspire to deliver a culture of wisdom and provide a supportive environment where academic insight can thrive, deepening knowledge and developing solutions to problems worldwide. We encourage academics to work across traditional subject boundaries and have established numerous centres to facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction.
Egypt in 3D
UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology has launched an interactive online 3D object library, allowing visitors to view the artefacts in the same way as curators. The Arts Council England-funded project, part of a collaboration with UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering and business partner Arius 3D, is the latest in a series of 3D interactive projects from the museum. Powered by cutting-edge photographic 3D imaging and scanning technology, the library allows visitors to rotate and zoom in on the 3D images of artefacts, catching fine details often not visible to the naked eye.
Students and staff at UCL’s teaching observatory have spotted one of the
closest supernovae to Earth in recent decades, at around 12 million
light years away. The International Astronomical Union official report
on 22 January 2014 confirms that the team were the first to report the
new supernova, and gives it the designation SN 2014J. Data collected by
astronomers at other observatories around the world suggest that it is a
Type 1a supernova, caused by a white dwarf star pulling matter off a
larger neighbouring star until the white dwarf becomes unstable and
House of pain
A new study has defined, for the first time, how our ability to identify where it hurts – spatial acuity – varies across the body. The UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology study, which involved specially calibrated lasers creating a pinprick-like pain at various parts of participant’s bodies, produced the first systematic map of how acuity for pain is distributed. The map, which identifies the forehead and fingertips as the sites where spatial acuity is greatest, may enable doctors to monitor nerve damage, offering a quantitative way to see if a condition is getting better or worse.
A fishy tale
Research led by archaeologists from UCL, the University of Cambridge and
the University of Central Lancashire has traced London’s international
fish trade back 800 years to the medieval period. Data from nearly 3,000 cod bones found in excavations in and around London is providing new insight into the globalisation of the capital’s food supply. It has revealed a sudden change in the origin of the fish during the early 13th century, indicating the onset of a large-scale import trade. The Black Death is believed to be the cause of a temporary drop in imports in the late 14th century, whilst a surge around AD 1500 coincides with the beginnings of transatlantic trade and the arrival of cod from Newfoundland.
A global map detailing the genetic histories of various populations
across the world has been developed by researchers from UCL and the
University of Oxford. It reveals the likely genetic impacts of European
colonialism, the Arab slave trade, the Mongol Empire and European
traders near the Silk Road mixing with people in China. Researchers
developed sophisticated statistical methods to analyse the DNA of 1,490
individuals in 95 populations around the world. As well as providing
fresh insights into historical events, the new research might have
implications for how DNA impacts health and disease in different
A genetic tweak can make light work of some nervous disorders. Researchers at the UCL Institute of Neurology have found that using flashes of light to stimulate modified neurons can restore movement to paralysed muscles. ‘Optogenetics’ has been hailed as one of the most significant recent developments in neuroscience and involves genetically modifying neurons so they produce a light-sensitive protein. The protein then makes the neurons ‘fire’, sending an electrical signal when they are exposed to light. This new technique represents a means to restore the function of specific muscles following paralysing neurological injuries or disease and it is hoped that the technique can be developed into treatments for patients with motor neurone disease.
UCL and HR Wallingford, a specialist hydraulic research consultancy, are
collaborating to construct the largest tsunami simulator in Europe. The
facility, funded by a €1.9million European Research Council grant, will
be 70m long and 4m wide, enabling the simulation of a tsunami impact on
urban areas for the first time. The new generator will also be used to
evaluate whether flood and coastal defences are effective against
tsunamis, or how they may amplify destructiveness, causing more
devastation to areas previously thought to be safe. Once completed, the
research will produce engineering guidance which can assist in disaster
Eat your greens
A study by UCL Epidemiology & Public Health has found that eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day can dramatically reduce the risk of death. The study suggests that people can reduce the risks of death by cancer and heart disease by 25% and 31% respectively and dying prematurely at any point in time by 42%, compared to eating less than one portion. The findings support the Australian government’s ‘Go for 2 + 5’ guidelines, which recommend eating two portions of fruit and five of vegetables and go on to show that whatever your starting point, it is always worth eating more fruit and vegetables.
Very smart phone
A team of UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering students recently won first prize in the ‘best use of hardware’ category at the NASA 2014 International Space Apps Challenge. Their project, Android Base Station, allows smartphones to become wifi hotspots by connecting to satellites using a 3D-printed robotic arm. The resulting ultra-portable, satellite tracking station has the ability to log the changes of micro-satellites in orbit, and automatically use one offering the cheapest bandwidth – satisfying the judges, who were looking for innovative solutions for global challenges, using publicly available data.
On yer (electric) bike
UCL Technology Entrepreneurship MSc graduate, Marcin Piatkowski, has raised £180,000 in investment for his new folding electric bike, Jive Bike. The first of its kind, this Crowdcube-funded project is constructed from aluminium and is chainless, being propelled instead through enclosed drive shafts linked to the pedals. In developing the idea, Marcin won both a £15,000 Bright Ideas Award and a business plan competition organised by UCL Advances which provided him with a further £10,000. UCL Advances also gave Marcin one-to-one business advice. Orders for the bike – which will retail at an anticipated price of £1,500 – have already been taken.