UCL Faculties and Departments
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UCL Faculties

UCL’s academic structure consists of 11 faculties, each home to world-leading research, teaching and learning in a wide-ranging variety of fields. UCL is London’s leading multi-disciplinary university. Find out more about our faculties below.

Arts & Humanities

Faculty of Arts & Humanities website

The UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities is a renowned centre of excellence, where research of world-leading quality feeds directly into all programmes of study. 

Students benefit from the multi-disciplinary breadth of teaching in areas such as English, Philosophy, Greek & Latin, Hebrew & Jewish Studies along with more than 20 modern European languages. Programmes are available from our various centres for research, and the faculty also hosts the Slade School of Fine Art, which consistently contributes to the lively discourses of contemporary art, both nationally and internationally. 

We aim to enable students to follow their own academic interests and to develop both intellectually and personally.

The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment

The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment

The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment website

We are the Bartlett: UCL's global faculty of the built environment. Our sections span the entire area of study and research. Individually, they lead their fields. In partnership, they develop new responses to pressing world issues. As a whole, they represent a world-leading, multidisciplinary faculty, united by the radical spirit of UCL.

Our schools and sections cover disciplines from architecture and planning, to energy and the global south, and together they form the UK’s most comprehensive and innovative faculty of the built environment.

We offer a full range of programmes in the built environment field, from undergraduate to postgraduate, as well as at MRes and doctoral levels. We also run a range of summer schools and foundation courses and are developing an executive education programme for future leaders in the built environment professions.


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Professor Nigel Tichener-Hooker, UCL Dean of Engineering, speaking at the launch

UCL to lead new Global Disability Innovation Hub

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, launched on Saturday the world’s first Global Disability Innovation Hub, which will be based at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It will bring together the world’s best academics, disability experts and designers to improve the lives of the world’s one billion disabled people through technology, co-design and innovation. More...

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UCL staff recognised in New Year Honours 2016

Congratulations to the members of the UCL community who have been recognised in the 2016 New Year Honours list. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Alan Penn

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 9139, internal x59139

PA: +44 (0)20 3108 9139, internal x59139

Brain Sciences

Brain Sciences

Faculty of Brain Sciences website

The UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in areas that range from neural pathways used to control body functions (e.g. hearing, sight and speech) to cognition and psychology, which determine human behaviour. 

We are recognised as world leaders in our fields and our work attracts staff and students from around the globe. The faculty and its component parts create an outstanding and vibrant environment for study and research. 

UCL is Europe’s research powerhouse in neuroscience. We are ranked second in the world, and first in Europe, in neuroscience and behaviour by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators, with more than twice as many publications and citations as any other European institution. UCL Neuroscience researchers generate over 30% of the country’s contribution to the most highly cited publications in neuroscience, more than twice as much as any other university. In neuroimaging and clinical neurology, UCL produces 65% and 44% of the UK's contribution to the world's most highly cited papers, five times that of the next highest UK institution.

The Faculty of Brain Sciences along with the Faculties of Life Sciences, Medical Sciences and Population Health Sciences combine to form the School of Life & Medical Sciences. The School is one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field and has a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. The SLMS Domains encompass the breadth of research activity across the School within nine core groupings. This research is conducted in collaboration with other UCL departments and supported by partnerships with our NHS trusts, research councils, charities and industry.


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Classroom

Low English skills at school start linked to behavioural difficulties

Children who enter reception with poor English language skills – whether it’s their first language or an additional language – are more likely to have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in later years, finds a new study co-authored by UCL and Royal Holloway and funded by Wellcome. More...

UCL's Cruciform building

UCL receives largest share of NHS research funding

UCL’s three biomedical research centres (BRCs) have won more than £167 million in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to further world-leading biomedical research conducted with partner hospitals. UCL has received more funding than any other UK university, followed by King's College London and Oxford University, which received £133m and £127m respectively.
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Dean of Faculty

Professor Alan Thompson

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6924, internal x46924

PA: +44 (0)20 7679 6924, internal x46924

Engineering

Engineering

Faculty of Engineering website

UCL Engineering delivers research and training across all aspects of the modern world. Previous studies and work here have produced rapid vaccine productions, fibre-optic communications and the infrastructure of the internet, and we continue to deliver world-changing innovations.

Our students and staff are drawn from across the globe, as are our academic and business partners. Our teaching programmes focus on subjects that have an impact on the world around us, while their content is led by the best international research. Members of the faculty use their skills across Engineering's institutes and centres, within UCL, and in the wider world. 


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Professor Nigel Tichener-Hooker, UCL Dean of Engineering, speaking at the launch

UCL to lead new Global Disability Innovation Hub

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, launched on Saturday the world’s first Global Disability Innovation Hub, which will be based at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It will bring together the world’s best academics, disability experts and designers to improve the lives of the world’s one billion disabled people through technology, co-design and innovation. More...

handwriting

New computer programme replicates handwriting

In a world increasingly dominated by the QWERTY keyboard, UCL computer scientists have developed software which may spark the comeback of the handwritten word by analysing the handwriting of any individual and accurately replicating it. More...

Dean of Faculty

Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker - nigelth AT ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7293, internal x37293

PA - Johanna Novales - j.novales AT ucl.ac.uk:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0347, internal x30347

UCL Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education website

The UCL Institute of Education is a world-leading school for education and social science. Founded in 1902, we currently have more than 7,000 students and 1,000 staff. We are active in every continent.

In the 2016 QS rankings, we were placed first in the world for education for the third year running, ahead of Harvard, Stanford and Melbourne. We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2014–16 for our “contribution to the policy and practice of education with international reach around innovative social research”.

We’ve trained more than 10,000 teachers over the past decade and in January 2014, we were recognised by Ofsted for our 'outstanding' initial teacher training in every criterion across primary, secondary and further education. 

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, two-thirds of our publications were judged to be internationally significant and over a third were judged to be ‘world leading’. The findings of our high-quality research have influenced government activity and policy in areas from early years to higher education and workplace learning. We are placed first for research strength in education in the UK.

We also specialise in study and research in health, psychology and longitudinal studies, among other areas of social science. Our three birth cohort studies have had a major impact over many years on policy for health, gender equality and young people.


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Mandarin Excellence Programme

UCL Institute of Education leads Mandarin teaching initiative

A new £10 million Mandarin Excellence Programme, led by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), will see at least 5,000 young people on track towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020. More...

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Children still face barriers in accessing music education

Music education is still not easily accessible for all children due to a number of barriers including parental concerns about career prospects and time pressures on the curriculum, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE). More...

Dean of Faculty

Professor Andrew Brown

Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6004

PA: +44 (0)20 7612 6004


Laws

Laws

Faculty of Laws website

UCL Laws is one of the world’s leading law schools. It is committed to the rigorous, multi-disciplinary and innovative study of law in all its dimensions, with particular attention to the global context in which law operates. 

The faculty’s top-rated research makes a vital contribution to the quality of our teaching and the supervision of our students. It also contributes to the development of law, whilst shaping legal practice and public policy. 

Our London base provides a positive opportunity to draw on the resources of a city that is the UK’s centre of law, commerce, finance and culture.


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Statement of support for the London Anti-Corruption Summit

Statement of support for the London Anti-Corruption Summit

The UCL Centre for Ethics and Law (‘CEL’) is delighted to endorse and release the following statement in support of the London Anti-Corruption Summit by leading professional services organisations, reflecting their commitment to tackling corruption in the global economy.  More...

VR GP antibiotic scenario

Virtual reality study examines GP response when patients demand antibiotics

Both trainee and senior GPs prescribed antibiotics without clinical need when faced with a virtual reality (VR) scenario where patients angrily demanded them, finds new UCL research. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Dame Hazel Genn

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1436, internal x21436

PA: 020 7679 1404, internal x21404

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Faculty of Life Sciences website

The UCL Faculty of Life Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching, which combines the strengths of UCL’s basic biological and preclinical sciences. Our work attracts staff and students from around the world, and together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment for both students and researchers. The faculty comprises the Division of Biosciences, the UCL School of Pharmacy, the UCL MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology and the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit. 

The Faculty of Life Sciences along with the Faculties of Brain Sciences, Medical Sciences and Population Health Sciences combine to form the School of Life & Medical Sciences. The School is one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field and has a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. The SLMS Domains encompass the breadth of research activity across the School within nine core groupings. This research is conducted in collaboration with other UCL departments and supported by partnerships with our NHS trusts, research councils, charities and industry.


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UCL's Cruciform building

UCL receives largest share of NHS research funding

UCL’s three biomedical research centres (BRCs) have won more than £167 million in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to further world-leading biomedical research conducted with partner hospitals. UCL has received more funding than any other UK university, followed by King's College London and Oxford University, which received £133m and £127m respectively.
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nerve cells

Key mechanism behind brain connectivity and memory revealed

Memory loss in mice has been successfully reversed following the discovery of new information about a key mechanism underlying the loss of nerve connectivity in the brain, say UCL researchers. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Geraint Rees

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0883, internal x40883

PA: 020 7679 0883, internal x40883

Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences website

The Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences encompasses the logical, experimental and mathematical study of our universe. Front-line research feeds directly into our teaching programmes, and our students benefit from access to first-class laboratory facilities. The faculty offers an array of three-year BSc and four-year Master's-level MSci degrees in emerging as well as more traditional academic areas.

The faculty provides a base for several research centres. These facilitate in-depth, interdisciplinary research through collaboration between experts within the faculty, and in related areas in Engineering and Life Sciences. The faculty also has its own interdepartmental degree programme: Natural Sciences.


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Cloudina fossils

Study provides strongest evidence oxygen levels were key to early animal evolution

It has long puzzled scientists why, after 3 billion years of nothing more complex than algae, complex animals suddenly started to appear on Earth. Now, a team of researchers has put forward some of the strongest evidence yet to support the hypothesis that high levels of oxygen in the oceans were crucial for the emergence of skeletal animals 550 million years ago.   More...

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Celebrating 10 years of Hinode in space

Hinode, a satellite which observes the Sun’s activity in high resolution, today marks ten years of success since its launch. It carries three instruments, one of which – the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS) – was built and is managed by a UCL team. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Nick Brook

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2818, internal x32818

PA: 020 7679 0650, internal x30650

Medical Sciences

Medical Sciences

Faculty of Medical Sciences website

The UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences brings together UCL Medical School and seven of UCL's divisions and institutes, creating a powerhouse of medical science research and teaching. 

Staff in the faculty undertake world-leading research and teaching in areas that range from viral oncology to connective tissue disease and oral health. The faculty and its component parts create an outstanding and vibrant environment for study and research.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences along with the Faculties of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences, and Population Health Sciences combine to form the School of Life & Medical Sciences. The School is one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field and has a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. The SLMS Domains encompass the breadth of research activity across the School within nine core groupings. This research is conducted in collaboration with other UCL departments and supported by partnerships with our NHS trusts, research councils, charities and industry.


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UCL launches £600m philanthropy campaign  

UCL is aiming to raise £600m for cutting-edge research, transformative capital projects and expanded student support in a new fundraising and engagement campaign, It’s All Academic – The Campaign for UCL, launched today in London. More...

UCL's Cruciform building

UCL receives largest share of NHS research funding

UCL’s three biomedical research centres (BRCs) have won more than £167 million in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to further world-leading biomedical research conducted with partner hospitals. UCL has received more funding than any other UK university, followed by King's College London and Oxford University, which received £133m and £127m respectively.
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Dean of Faculty 

Professor Mark Emberton

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 2140, internal x52140

PA: +44 20 3108 2105, internal x52105

Population Health Sciences

Population Health Sciences

Faculty of Population Health Sciences website

The UCL Faculty of Population Health Sciences brings together expertise in Child Health, Women's and Reproductive Health, Population Health, Global Health, Clinical Trials, Health Informatics and Cardiovascular Science. Its aim is to deliver outstanding research and teaching for improved human health, and the unifying concept that informs its scholarship and educational activity is the life course.

The faculty’s research elucidates the biological, behavioural and psychosocial processes that operate across an individual’s life, and across generations, that affect the development of disease in populations. This research informs undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational teaching. 

The Faculty of Population Health Sciences, along with the Faculties of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences and Medical Sciences combine to form the School of Life & Medical Sciences. The School is one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field and has a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. The SLMS Domains encompass the breadth of research activity across the School within nine core groupings. This research is conducted in collaboration with other UCL departments and supported by partnerships with our NHS trusts, research councils, charities and industry.


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UCL's Cruciform building

UCL receives largest share of NHS research funding

UCL’s three biomedical research centres (BRCs) have won more than £167 million in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to further world-leading biomedical research conducted with partner hospitals. UCL has received more funding than any other UK university, followed by King's College London and Oxford University, which received £133m and £127m respectively.
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Vaping

E-cigarettes may have helped 18,000 people quit smoking in 2015

E-cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 people in England to give up smoking in 2015, according to new research by UCL which was published in the British Medical Journal. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Graham Hart

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6814, internal x46814

PA: +44 (0)20 7679 6814, internal x46814

Social & Historical Sciences

Social & Historical Sciences

UCL Social & Historical Sciences faculty website

The UCL Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences represents an area of knowledge where humanities and science meet. The interests and methods of the nine component departments offer excellent opportunities for innovative and collaborative research. 

Each of the departments has major research strengths in its own discipline. Some 200 academic staff contribute to the teaching activities across the faculty and their research activities are complemented by those of almost 100 research staff. The departments also play a major role in UCL’s growing network of interdisciplinary research centres.  


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groundwater

Quality not quantity greatest threat to key groundwater source

The greatest threat to sustainable groundwater in the Indo-Gangetic Basin is contamination and not depletion, according to a study co-authored by UCL researchers and published this week in Nature Geoscience. More...

Food sharing among BaYaka

What hunter-gatherers can tell us about human social networks

Hunter-gatherers have a three-tiered social network to increase the chance the whole community has enough to eat, according to new UCL research which looked at two contemporary hunter-gatherer groups. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Mary Fulbrook

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3100, internal x33100

PA: 020 7679 3156, internal x37732

We also bring the best minds together from across faculties and departments to undertake interdisciplinary research that tackles the world’s major problems.