Undergraduate

UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.

Teaching and learning

As well as world-leading teaching and facilities, we add an extra dimension to your study by providing you with skills and perspectives that will benefit you for life.

Extending your experience into the working world

Many of our degrees, especially those in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences, Laws and Medical Sciences, include teaching from practising professionals.

These degrees also provide you with work placement and/or sandwich year opportunities, which allow you to experience life in the working world. As a result, you will gain valuable insights into your future career and vital work experience.

Some degrees will also lead to accreditation or part-accreditation from a professional body, or lead to chartered status in the case of Engineering degrees.

Year in Industry opportunities

The Year in Industry initiative organises relevant work placements for young people to spend a year out before or during their university degree. You will receive a salary, as well as gaining professional skills and an understanding of how your academic studies translate to the workplace.

Many of our departments encourage participation in the scheme and are happy to defer your admission for a year while you participate. 

Empowering you with study and life skills

Integral to your learning is the development of skills that will serve you well during your degree and beyond graduation.

These include research skills (such as sourcing, sifting and analysing information), communication skills, collaborating with others on projects, time management, motivational and leadership skills, as well as social and cultural awareness.

We also offer formal training in IT and Writing in Academic Contexts, plus the opportunity to learn a language. As well as traditional ways of learning, we provide you with a wide range of teaching resources and the tools to undertake independent study.

Innovative teaching and learning

UCL is committed to improving teaching by supporting innovation and excellence. Every year, the best staff are recognised with Provost’s Teaching Awards and Student Choice Teaching Awards. We invest in technologies that promote interactive and engaging classroom learning using voting, group activities and the latest multimedia facilities to stimulate discussion and debate.

Our online learning environment enables you to access class materials, communicate with fellow students and tutors, review your lectures, access study resources and check your work for potential plagiarism.

Helping you to become a global citizen

The UCL Global Citizenship Programme is a two-week programme that takes place in the summer, after examinations have finished. It offers you the chance to put your studies in a global context, learn new skills and see the world differently, and is designed to help you prepare for the world beyond graduation.

During the programme, you’ll tackle some of the key global questions that also occupy UCL’s world-leading researchers, in areas such as Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Human Wellbeing and Intercultural Interaction.

You’ll work alongside students from other disciplines, allowing you to approach these questions from a wide range of different perspectives, and come up with sustainable solutions as part of a multi-disciplinary project team.

The programme takes the form of an academic course in your first year, and in subsequent years gives you the chance to take part in practical, real-world projects in enterprise, volunteering and employability.

Valentina Hu, Second Year, Linguistics BA

Valentina Hu

"The Global Citizenship Programme at the end of my first year was just one more highlight in a year that had already turned out to be even more amazing than I’d expected.

I love the way UCL wants to give a full experience to students – from the academic to the more business-based, providing volunteering opportunities and global citizenship-related programmes.

The Global Citizenship Programme was a two-week immersion in global and local points of view, including language lessons, film sessions, academic talks and business-related discussion panels. I feel that the time I spent working on it was very well spent."

Undergraduate summer research placements

Some UCL departments in the Faculties of Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences and Mathematical & Physical Sciences offer you undergraduate summer research placements.

These provide a great opportunity for you to discover how research is undertaken in universities and to make a real contribution to a research field. You could also learn more about a topic which could lead to exciting opportunities in your undergraduate research project or a PhD degree.

During the placement you will join a research team working on a specific project in your department over the summer vacation. Bursaries are normally available.

Get an international perspective

Study Abroad is an exciting and rewarding opportunity; a unique experience that counts towards your degree programme and gives you the chance to learn life skills not taught in the lecture theatre.

This opportunity extends beyond the 100 UCL degree programmes that include Study Abroad as an integral part of the curriculum.

UCL has more than 260 international partners, including many of the world’s most prestigious universities. Our European links are mostly supported by the Erasmus programme. 

Financial support is available and you will also be supported by a network of Departmental Study Abroad Tutors, Peer Advisers and the UCL Study Abroad Team. These will provide you with information and the knowledge of their first-hand experience, as well as academic support before, during and after your placement.

The UCL Centre for Languages & International Education provides linguistic support if you are not studying a language as part of your degree. 

Chris Donnan, Fourth Year, Classics with Study Abroad BA

Chris Donnan

"I wanted a degree which contained aspects of all the areas which I enjoy and am good at: languages, literature, philosophy and history. Classics seemed the obvious choice.

The fact that UCL offered me the opportunity of spending an Erasmus year in France was also highly attractive. I have been lucky enough to spend my third year living in Paris, studying at the Sorbonne, and this is an experience which wouldn’t have been open to me, had I attended another university.

Studying classics whilst living in France has been a really enriching experience and it’s satisfying to know that I’ll not only graduate with a classics degree but with the ability to speak proficient French also!"

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