UCL is ranked first for research power in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), with more than two thirds of our research in these areas rated as world-leading (4*). Our research is wide ranging, covering mental health, neuroscience, palliative care, epidemiology and applied clinical research.
UCL Psychiatry research

REF 2021

UCL’s research power in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience has been recognised as the best in the UK by the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) results.


Epidemiology and Applied Clinical Research Department

Our research investigates the distribution and determinants of mental illnesses to develop the evidence base for interventions and services for people with mental health problems. 

palliative care

Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department

We focus on palliative care for patients with dementia and 'hard to reach' groups, systematic reviews, prognostication, communication and symptom control in end-of-life care.


Mental Health Neuroscience Department

Our research spans a range of mental health illnesses, investigating molecular genetics, cell biology and neuroimaging research – including neurophysiology. 

UCL dementia

Mental Health of Older People Department

The Division of Psychiatry is an international leader in dementia research, and we have major grant funding from the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, local trusts and industry.