Benefits of a UCL Education
UCL is uniquely positioned to draw upon its world-leading research to make positive impact in real world problems. Since 1826, we have championed independent thought by attracting and nurturing the world’s best minds. We are a diverse community with the freedom to challenge and think differently; from advancement of insights within disciplines to developing new relationships between disciplines to address complex problems about the way we live, our health, use of scarce resources and harnessing advances in technologies.
As a research-intensive university, UCL not only educates students to prepare them for a rapidly changing world, but also continues to push forward with programmes of path-breaking research. Our Connected Curriculum framework for research-based education ensures that we continue to build a learning culture that challenges and develops students’ and prepares them for the next step in their careers.
After leaving UCL, our students progress to a vast array of careers. We have a dedicated team of careers professionals to support students throughout their studies and to prepare them for life after graduation. Our students are highly sought after by companies globally, and we have around 900 employers visiting UCL each year to recruit our students for graduate employment opportunities. Many students also go on to further study. You can use this tool to see what our students did next after graduatiing from different UCL programmes.
UCL Innovation and Enterprise supports students to think and act like entrepreneurs by providing workshops, events, advice, office-space and sponsorship for starting businesses. Our students have had fantastic entrepreneurial success in the past, not just winning prizes and creating successful businesses, but also using business to create positive change in the world:
- UCL students tackle food poverty with social enterprise and win prestigious $1m prize
- Business founded by UCL graduate is now world's largest recycler of coffee grounds
- UCL graduates revolutionise toothbrushing for children
- UCL student gives underprivileged young people a chance at science careers
As well as being a fun and exciting place to be a student, London is a hub of academic and professional opportunities. The creative, financial, and technological industries all have large bases in the city, providing opportunities for internships, networking, and part-time work for London’s student population. London’s museums, libraries, theatres, institutes and academies are not just great places to visit; they can complement a student’s studies and allow them to pursue their areas of interest.
UCL is based in the Knowledge Quarter – a small area of London that is home to resources ranging from the world’s earliest books and manuscripts to cutting-edge medical research. We have the British Museum and the British Library on our doorstep, along with the UK homes of YouTube and Google, the Wellcome Collection, the Francis Crick Institute, and a host of other organisations and institutions whose missions are to advance and disseminate knowledge.
UCL’s relationship with former students continues long after they graduate. We have a global network of more than 300,000 UCL Alumni with plenty of opportunities to connect with each other. Once our students have graduated, they can sign up to the Alumni Online Community where there are several useful services and exclusive benefits available to them. And they can take advantage of the many exclusive benefits and discounts available with the Alumni card.