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The Faculty of Brain Sciences is a global leader in pioneering research into brain diseases, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers in the field.

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A global leader in the brain sciences

  • UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research power and is ranked first for psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework, with more than half of our research in these areas rated as world-leading (4*)
  • 14 of our Faculty’s professors are named as being among the most influential academics in the world (Clarivate Web of Science’s ‘Highly Cited Researchers 2020’)
  • UCL is 1st in Europe and 2nd in the world for neuroscience and behaviour, based entirely on quantitative data relating to scientific papers (2020 National Taiwan University report)
  • UCL is 1st in Europe and 2nd worldwide for citations in neuroscience and behaviour, with more than twice as many published papers as any other European university (InCites Essential Scientific Indicators 2020)
  • UCL is 1st in Europe and 3rd in the world for psychology (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 by subject)
  • UCL is the most productive and influential mental health research institution in England (Bibliometric analysis by RAND Europe in 2015 identified UCL)
  • UCL is 1st in Europe and 7th in the world for papers in the top 5% of their field by citation rate in biomedical and health sciences (2015-2018, CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020)
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences published papers are four times as likely to be in the top 1% of papers by citation globally, more than twice as likely to be in the top 10%, and twice as highly cited as other published papers in the field (publications with at least one Faculty of Brain Sciences author, 2014-20, InCites)
  • We are home to a Nobel Prizewinner (James Rotham) and two of our professors (John Hardy and Bart De Strooper) won the prestigious Brain Prize, the world's most valuable prize for brain research, for their groundbreaking research on the genetic and molecular basis of Alzheimer's disease
  • We are the hub of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), the single biggest investment the UK has ever made in dementia thanks to £290 million from founding funders the Medical Research Council, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • We achieved record results in the 2020 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), with the Division of Psychiatry scoring an outstanding 93 per cent overall satisfaction rate