Thinking - and working - beyond the classroom
UCL, your undergraduate programme is informed by the world-leading research of our incredible academic staff. Our programmes are designed to stretch your intellect and develop your skills of analysis and problem-solving, preparing you for your career, wherever it takes you.
Innovative, research-based education
As a UCL student
you will contribute to this exciting process of knowledge creation.
Through our Connected Curriculum you make connections with researchers and other students, undertake research activity of your own and create original output. We use a wide variety of teaching methods, beyond the traditional lecture and seminar, giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and build your skills for your future career.
UCL departments (particularly in sciences and engineering) offer
undergraduate research placements over the summer vacation. Bursaries
are usually available.
Interdisciplinary teaching and learning
At UCL, we believe the best way to solve a problem is to bring together thinking from different academic disciplines. This is reflected in the UCL Grand Challenges, our joined-up approach to the world's most pressing problems. Most of our degrees allow you to take elective modules from other disciplines within UCL and we encourage language study, to bring new perspectives to your studies.
Experience for the working world
You will be encouraged to connect your academic learning with workplace learning, developing transferable skills such as communication, group working, negotiation and public engagement.
The Student View
"In 2017 my team was awarded a gold medal in the iGEM competition. iGEM is the international genetically engineered machine competition, a synthetic biology competition in which each participating university assembles a team of undergraduates that have to come up with their own idea of how to use synthetic biology to solve the 'big problems' in the world.
It is designed to give students their first real research experience. Many students can attend an internship in a lab where the supervisor gives them a project and they do it. But iGEM asks the students to come up with their own project, research the topic, fund it, promote it, engage with the public, learn new techniques and in the meantime actually conduct the lab work. It is an invaluable experience into what research is really about and is fun on the way."
Camillo Moschner, Third Year, Biomedical Sciences BSc
UCL is committed to improving teaching by supporting
innovation and excellence. Every year, the best staff are recognised
with 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
Shaping your university experience
Education is changing, and you're the ones changing it. We see our students as partners in teaching and learning. You will have many opportunities to make your voice heard and actively develop UCL education through our ChangeMakers programme.
You might decide to stand for office as a Student Academic Representative (a StAR) to represent the interests of your fellow students to the academic staff who teach you. Alternatively, you might decide to lead a UCL ChangeMakers project, where you'll receive funding to collaborate with staff to investigate issues that are important to you and make recommendations about the ways UCL can support you in your studies.