Undergraduate prospectus 2022


UCAS explained

Applications for our undergraduate degree programmes are made through UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Our UCAS code is UCL U80. There is no campus code.

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Applying through UCAS

Applications for UCL's undergraduate degrees are made through UCAS, who provide application services for UK higher education providers.

Full details of how to complete your application are provided on the UCAS website.

Students attending a school or college registered with UCAS

To register with UCAS you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from your tutor or careers adviser.

All UK schools and colleges (and a small number of establishments overseas) are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications and your buzzword establishes the organisation from which you are applying and allows your referee to attach your reference.

Your completed application should be submitted to your referee who will send it to UCAS on your behalf.

Application fee for 2022 entry

The UCAS entry fee for 2022 is £22 for a single choice and £26.50 for those wishing to apply to two or more institutions (up to a maximum of five).

You pay your application fee either by credit or debit card online, or by paying your school/other registered centre who will then pay UCAS on your behalf.

Independant applicants in the UK

Other UK applicants, who are not at school or college, apply online independently and are responsible themselves for paying the correct application fee, for providing details of an academic referee and for submitting the completed application online to UCAS.

Your referee must be someone who knows you well enough to write about you and your suitability for higher education. UCAS will not accept references from family, other relatives or friends.

Application fee for 2022 entry

The UCAS entry fee for 2022 is £22 for a single choice and £26.50 for those wishing to apply to two or more institutions (up to a maximum of five).

You pay your application fee either by credit or debit card online, or by paying your school/other registered centre who will then pay UCAS on your behalf.

You will need to make your payment online using a credit or debit card. The card need not be in your own name, but you will require the consent of the cardholder.

International students

International students should apply to UCL via UCAS, using the same process as UK students.

It is likely that the British Council office(s) in your country will also have information about UCAS.

Application timetable

The following dates are for all applicants, regardless of where you are applying from:

  • September 2021: Opening date for the receipt of applications for entry in September 2022;
  • 15 October 2021: Last date for receipt of applications to Medicine (A100);
  • 26 January 2022: Last date for receipt of applications to guarantee full and equal consideration;
  • 30 June 2022: Last date for receipt of applications. Any applications received after this are held by UCAS and are not forwarded to institutions.

It will not be possible to submit a UCAS application for some programmes following the 26 January deadline. Similarly, it is not possible to apply for Medicine after 15 October. 

Applicants for Law and Medicine should bear in mind the timing of the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) and The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) tests. See our special note for Law and Medicine applicants at the bottom of the page.

Deferred entry 

We welcome applications from students who are proposing to spend a pre-university (gap) year engaged in constructive activity, whether in the UK or abroad.

Our rules allow you to apply for deferred entry and your application will be considered a year ahead of the normal application timetable. Please be sure to include your reasons for wishing to defer your entry in your personal statement, as this will aid our Admissions Selectors in their considerations.

Note: it is not possible to be considered for deferred entry if you are applying for a Fine Art programme.

Accuracy of information

Our decision on your application will be made in good faith on the basis that the information you provide is complete and accurate. If there is any change in your circumstances after you submit your application (e.g. if the subjects you are studying change), you must inform us as soon as possible.

We reserve the right to refuse admission or to terminate any student's attendance, should we discover that a false statement has been made or significant information has been omitted.

Revising UCAS applications following submission

1. UCL considers the information contained on an application as complete and accurate at the point of submission to UCAS. It is not anticipated that any amendments will be made to the personal statement, the reference or the grade predictions provided in the reference.

2. Should a school/college wish to submit additional information that has not been solicited by UCL then this must be done prior to a decision being taken on the application and no later than 26th January UCAS deadline, whichever is earlier.

3. Revisions to predicted grades will only be considered if there has been a genuine administrative error on the part of the school/college when the original reference was completed. Any requests for such a revision must be supported by a statement from the school/college indicating that such an error has occurred. Such revisions will only be considered prior to UCL making a decision on the application and no later than the 26th January UCAS deadline, whichever is earlier.

4. Applicants who wish to be considered as a consequence of revised predicted grades have the option of re-applying the following year, when they will be considered in competition with all other applicants.

How and when we let you know

As soon as a decision on your application has been reached, you will be notified by UCAS. If you are offered a place, we will also contact you to let you know.

As some of our programmes attract large numbers of applications, it may be some time before you receive a decision. See the Selection of students section to learn more about the selection process and application schedule.

Additional documents

We kindly request that you do not send documents such as additional references, suppporting statements or extracurricular certificates to UCL unless you are asked to do so. If you do, please note that we will not add these to your application or use them to assess your application.

If we require any additional documents to process your application we will contact you by email and ask you to upload them securely to your Applicant Portal.

Information that is required for your application is detailed in the UCAS application process.

Please ensure you complete your application thoroughly otherwise this may delay a decision being made on your application. 

Special note for Law and Medicine applicants

Law applicants

You must sit the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT).

The test must be taken as soon as possible after submitting your UCAS application and no later than 20 January in the same admissions cycle in which you are applying. Registration for the test closes on 15 January. Details of the test and the location of public test centres can be found on the LNAT website.

Please note that a charge will apply for the test, which students must cover themselves. Details of costs are on the LNAT website. LNAT results cannot be carried forward from one academic year to the next.

Find out more on the National Admissions Test for Law website.

Medicine applicants (A100)

You must submit a UCAS application by the 15 October deadline and sit the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT), an admissions test for Medicine.

Details of the test, the dates it is being held and the location of public test centres can be found on the BMAT website. Please note that a charge will apply for the test, which students must cover themselves. Details of costs are on the BMAT website.

All applicants being actively considered are required to attend an interview, whether resident in the UK or overseas. In the event of an offer being made, there are some additional non-academic entry requirements, such as a minimum age, occupational health clearance and police checks. Information about all of these can be found on the UCL Medical School website.

Find out more details on the Biomedical Admissions Test website.

International applicants

Around 41% of our students come from outside the UK and we expect our international applicants to have qualifications of a similar standard to our UK applicants.

Application and entry requirements

Applying to UCL

International students should apply to UCL via UCAS, using the same process as UK/EU students.

It is likely that the British Council office(s) in your country will also have information about UCAS.

International entry requirements

In addition to A levels and the International Baccalaureate we accept a range of international qualifications.

Equivalent international qualifications can be found on each degree page. Select your country from the drop down provided in the International qualifications section on degree pages.

Please be aware that you may also need to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

Support and help

Help and advice is available for international students at every step of the application process and continues after enrolment at UCL.

  • General entry requirements
  • Funding and scholarship opportunities
  • UCL staff regularly attend events overseas to provide information and advice about studying at UCL
  • Our International Student Recruitment team can provide expert advice on applying from your region.
Applicants from outside the EEA (European Economic Area) - visa information

If you wish to study in the UK for more than six months, and you come from a country outside of the EEA, you need to apply for a visa under Tier 4 of the UK's Points-Based Immigration System. In order to do this, you will require sponsorship from a university licensed as a sponsor by the UK Border Agency, such as UCL.

As part of your visa application, you will have to be able to demonstrate evidence of sufficient funds to pass a maintenance test and of your educational qualifications and academic progression by providing proof of your results, for example, your school-leaving certificates.

If you are intending to study in the UK for less than six months, you will officially need prior entry clearance only if you are a 'Visa National'. However, we strongly advise all students from outside the EEA to seek prior entry clearance, even if coming for less than six months.

Affiliate (study abroad/JYA) students

If you are already registered at a university overseas and wish to study abroad at UCL for a semester or a year, please refer to our Study Abroad Guide.

Study abroad at UCL

Affiliate students

An affiliate student is one who is registered for a qualification elsewhere but wishes to study at UCL for academic credits. Affiliate study is available in all subject areas and most UCL departments.

Affiliate study is usually available on a full-time basis. Applicants should normally have studied for at least two years at university level and must satisfy UCL's academic entry requirements and, where appropriate, UCL's English language proficiency requirements.

Students may attend UCL for:

  • a whole year;
  • the Autumn Term only (September-December), or
  • the Spring/Summer Terms only (January–June).

Mature students, part-time study, transfers, application with advanced standing

Mature students

We welcome applicants who wish to return to formal study after a substantial time away from academia.

If you do not have the required entry qualifications you should have alternative qualifications that demonstrate your academic potential and ability to thrive in your chosen subject.

Please get in touch with the relevant degree programme contact if you'd like to join UCL as a mature student. Please note that applications for full-time study as a mature student are made through UCAS.

Part-time study

Our degrees are principally designed to be taken on a full-time basis; all teaching takes place during the daytime. However, some departments do permit part-time study. Please get in touch with the relevant degree programme contact if you're considering part-time study at UCL.

Applications for part-time study are made directly to UCL rather than to UCAS.

Admission with advanced standing

We will consider applications to accredit prior learning at other recognised universities. As well as applying through UCAS by the 26 January deadline (for 2021 entry), you will need to submit an application directly to UCL. This will carry an administrative charge. Advanced standing is only awarded at UCL's discretion - please enquire with the relevant programme contacts listed on individual degree pages.

Applicants wishing to transfer to UCL

For undergraduate programmes at UCL, there may be the possibility to transfer into a programme from another institution.

For example, if a student has already completed accredited learning of a standard judged equitable with the UCL undergraduate programme concerned. However, this is at the discretion of the relevant department and would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any application would still be made through UCAS with the relevant year of entry indicated as necessary.

For more information about the recognition of prior learning for transfer students, please see Section 2.8, Chapter 1: Student Recruitment and Admissions of the Academic Manual.

For more information about transferring into a specific undergraduate programme at UCL, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions team.

Academic Manual

Diversity, access and equality

UCL is firmly committed to promoting equal opportunity. Our Equalities and Diversity Policy and Strategy underlies every aspect of our student selection process.

Widening access

UCL's Access and Participation Plan outlines our commitment to widening participation at UCL. We spend around 30% of our additional fee income on access and success measures, including the Access UCL scheme.

Find out more about UCL's Access and Participation Plan.

Equalities and Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Strategy

UCL's Equalities and Diversity Policy in respect of student recruitment and admissions is as follows:

  • UCL is committed to provide a learning, working and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its members are respected, and which is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation and all forms of harassment including bullying;
  • this policy means that all students and employees of UCL have the right to study or work in an environment free from discrimination, prejudice and all forms of harassment or bullying;
  • the above policy must be adhered to in all matters concerning student recruitment and admissions. UCL is committed to a programme of action to ensure that this and other equalities policies is implemented and monitored at an organisational and individual level. Each department has a Departmental Equal Opportunities Liaison Officer who disseminates information on good practice and training.

What is meant by "equal opportunity"?

In the recruitment and selection of students the only consideration must be that the individual meets, or is likely to meet, the requirements of the programme or course. 

Factors such as sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, ethnic origin, race, religion, colour, nationality, political beliefs, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, disability and age should not be taken into account for the purposes of:

  • staff recruitment, appointment, training, appraisal, promotion, discipline etc.;
  • students' application to and acceptance on to a programme of study, and assessment of academic performance.

Selection for a programme of study or for a job should be made solely on merit.