Research-based learning: A UCL education
At UCL, your learning is enhanced by staff who are actively engaged in pushing the boundaries of knowledge and overcoming some of the major challenges facing the world today.
As a UCL student
you will contribute to this exciting process of knowledge creation.
Through your programme, you'll have the opportunity to conduct your own
research projects, and develop the ability to solve unfamiliar problems
head-on. You'll learn what research means for your discipline, as well
as how research skills can extend your learning and give you the edge in
the workplace. Many departments participate in our Connected Curriculum initiative, which gives you the chance to make connections between your programme, other disciplines and the world beyond UCL.
UCL departments (particularly in sciences and engineering) offer
undergraduate research placements over the summer vacation. Bursaries
are usually available.
UCL is committed to improving teaching by supporting
innovation and excellence. Every year, the best staff are recognised
with Provost's Teaching Awards and Student Choice Teaching Awards. We
invest in technologies that promote interactive and engaging classroom
learning using voting, group activities and the latest multimedia
facilities to stimulate discussion and debate.
Our online learning environment enables you to access class
materials, communicate with fellow students and tutors, review your
lectures, access study resources and check your work for potential
Support to shape the learning environment
At UCL, you are encouraged to take an active role in the decision-making that affects your learning experience. You might decide to stand for office as a Student Academic Representative (a StAR) to represent the interests of your fellow students to the academic staff who teach you. Alternatively, you might decide to lead a UCL ChangeMaker project, where you'll recieve funding to collaborate with staff to investigate issues that are important to you and make recommendations about the ways UCL can support you in your studies.