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UCL Faculties

UCL's academic structure consists of 10 faculties, each home to world-class research, teaching and learning in an exciting and wide-ranging variety of fields. In fact, UCL is the largest leading university in London. 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 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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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...

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Model predicts ‘shelf life’ for library and archival collections

Heritage scientists at UCL have developed demographic models of decay and loss to predict when a large library or archival collection might age beyond repair.
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Dean of Faculty

Professor Alan Penn

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

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


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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Refining the genetic causes of schizophrenia

An international study involving UCL has made advances in understanding the ways in which genetic risk factors alter gene function in schizophrenia. More...

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Eye test may detect Parkinson’s before symptoms appear

A new low-cost and non-invasive eye test could detect Parkinson’s disease before symptoms including tremors and muscle stiffness develop, according to new research in rats led by scientists at UCL.
Led by Professor Cordeiro, researchers at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have discovered a new method of observing changes in the retina which can be seen in Parkinson’s before changes in the brain occur and the first symptoms become evident.
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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

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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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...

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Three UCL scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

Three UCL scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution to science. 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


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

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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New imaging platform tracks cancer progression

A new rapid fluorescent 3-D imaging system developed by UCL and Imperial College London scientists offers a non-invasive approach to accurately monitor tumour development in adult zebrafish. More...

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HIV doesn’t drive the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis

While the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic fuels tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, it does not drive the development and transmission of multidrug-resistance in TB patients as previously suspected, according to an international study led by UCL scientists. More...


Dean of Faculty

Professor Geraint Rees

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

PA: 020 7679 0883, internal x40883


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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Fossilised rivers suggest warm, wet ancient Mars

Extensive systems of fossilised riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of the Martian surface, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about four billion years ago, according to UCL-led research. More...

Professor Claire Carmalt

Professor Claire Carmalt appointed as new Head of Department for Chemistry

The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Claire Carmalt as the new Head of Department for UCL Chemistry. The appointment will be effective as of next academic year (2016-17). She will be the 18th Head of Department for Chemistry and the first woman appointed to the position.
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Dean of Faculty

Professor Nick Brook

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

PA: 020 7679 0650, internal x30650


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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T Cell targeting of cancer

UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation collaborates with Cell Medica to develop products to fight cancer

UCL has signed a research collaboration with Cell Medica aiming to utilize UCL’s novel T cell receptor (TCR) technology to generate leading-edge modified TCR products for the treatment of cancer.
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tracking cancer in zebrafish

New imaging platform tracks cancer progression

A new rapid fluorescent 3-D imaging system developed by UCL and Imperial College London scientists offers a non-invasive approach to accurately monitor tumour development in adult zebrafish. More...


Dean of Faculty 

Professor Mark Emberton

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

PA: +44 20 3108 2105, internal x52105


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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The Africa Centre for Population Health in Somkhele

New £63m Africa Health Research Institute announced

A new interdisciplinary research institute in South Africa to fight tuberculosis (TB), HIV and related diseases has today been announced, following a merger between two leading research institutions, with UCL as a key academic partner. More...

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British Academy elects new Fellows

Congratulations to the three members of the SLMS community recognised by the British Academy: (l-r) Professor Sophie Scott, Professor Nilli Lavie and Professor Robyn Carston 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

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.