Why Study Biosciences at UCL?
- UCL is ranked No. 8 in the World for Life Sciences (2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
- The Division of Biosciences at UCL is one of the world’s foremost centres for research and teaching in the biological sciences/
- All students have the opportunity to study in a world class research-led environment. The size of the department means that our students are always taught by subject area experts, many of whom are research leaders in their fields.
- Being home to so many world leaders in biosciences means we can offer more cutting-edge modules to our students than many similar programmes.
- We have an outstanding international reputation, and a community of over 550 staff and 300 PhD students engaged in cutting edge research and collaboration.
UCL has the largest Neuroscience Research Community in Europe with over 450 Principal Investigators and 1500 Neuroscientists.
Our students have access to a wide range of unique and world class facilities.
UCL's biosciences degrees tend to offer more practical lab experience than many similar degrees at other universities.
- We work with a wide range of partners including but not limited to:
- Natural History Museum, the Crick and the ZSL London Zoo
- UCL Cancer Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, the Sainsburys Wellcome Centre, Cancer Research UK and UCL's Darwin Research Facility
- Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, Google Deep Mind, Frances Cricke Insitute, Institute of Neurology and UCLH.
- We proudly hold a Bronze Award from Athena SWAN and are working towards a Silver Award.
Biosciences Postgraduate Programmes at UCL
Frequently Asked Questions
- What qualifications do I need to register for a Masters Programme?
To register for a Masters programme within UCL Biosciences you will require one of the following:
- A UK first degree in an appropriate subject, awarded with first or upper second-class (2:1) Honours
- An overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or equivalent institution. Look up the degree equivalency information by searching for your country.
- Are there any Scholarships available?
There are a number of scholarships awarded through the College - please see the scholarship website and follow the instructions there. Choose the graduate taught option
Please also check the relevant programme page for specific funding available for your chosen course.
- I have independent funding - what can I do?
As long as you meet the minimum entry requirements, you are welcome to apply online and tick 'self-funding' in the funding section of the form:
Please complete an application form
- I am an overseas applicant, will my proficiency in English be tested?
If English is not your first language we will require evidence of proficiency in English. Full details about UCL's English Language Requirement.
If you are required to take an English test you need to pass it at the "Good" level.
Interested in Start-ups?
Many of our postgraduate students are interested in start-ups, social enterprises and developing entrepreneurial skills. UCL's Innovation and Enterprise division offer training, start-up grants, competitions, communities and much more, all of which are free to students on this programme.
UCL's entrepreneurship community has supported over 300 UCL start-ups since 2010 and raised over £280 million in investment.
In addition to potentially starting a successful business, making use of the resources at UCL in this area provides students with the opportunity to develop business skills, chances to network in London's start up community and projects that will serve them well on their CVs as well as in future job interviews.
100% of our graduates were employed or engaged in further study after completing their post graduate qualification. 80.4% were in paid work for an employer and 15.7% were engaged in further study or research.
The most popular industry segments for our graduates were Academic Research and Higher Education, Scientific Research and Development and Health & Social Care.
The most common job titles were biological scientist, biochemist and biomedical scientist.
Employers included but were not limited to:
- University College London
- Imperial College London
- Natural History Museum
- Nucleus Global
- Allen Institute of Brain Science
- Genomics England
- Medical Research Council
- Office for National Statistics
- Procter and Gamble
Source: UCL Graduate Outcomes 2017-2020
Useful Careers Resources:
My UCL Careers
UCL Neuroscience Careers Network
Innovation and Enterprise Training and Opportunities for Students
Professional Development Courses
Linked In Learning
Public Engagement Training
Public Policy Training