UCL Computer Science



Our research has a lasting impact on multiple areas of society – it models the world around us and is driven by these key challenges:

Research Excellence

The UCL Department of Computer Science is at the global forefront of experimental computer science research, focusing on real-world data and computer and software systems and their use.

  • Our approach emphasises methodological rigour and reproducibility, determining our strategy and underpinning our research education. 
  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutes, ranked the department top in its most recent evaluation.
  • The REF ranked 96% of its research as internationally excellent, with 61% found to be world-leading.



Research groups

Our research groups are strong, broad-based, disciplinary teams associated with laboratories, which frame the focus for strategic development within the department.


Research centres

Research centres are large scale interdisciplinary teams established by UCL or across institutions. These centres support UCL to advance its broad disciplinary strengths.