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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Valentina Hu, Second Year, Linguistics BA
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
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
"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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