UCL – University College London

UCL (University College London) is a highly prestigious public research university located in the heart of London and ranked 9th in the world (QS,2024). Established in 1826, it has the largest postgraduate enrollment in the UK and is a member of the Russell Group of leading British universities.

UCL -Study at University College London!

UCL (University College London)  has produced 30 Nobel Prize  winners and three Field’s medallists and has been placed 2nd , globally, by THE for research power and influence. Among its alumni, you will find Francis Crick, Jomo Kenyatta, Joseph Lister and Otto Hahn, while John Stuart Mill and Mahatma Gandhi followed courses at UCL when it was still a college.

UCL (University College London) is a founding member of the Alan Turing Institute. It has many international links and works with Yale and leading universities in Australia, China, Canada, India, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. UCL offers joint and dual degrees with Columbia University, the University of Cologne, New York University and the University of Hong Kong – among others. UCL  students can also undertake exchanges with world-class institutions such as Caltech, Columbia University, Washington University, UPenn, the University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, UCLA and UC Berkeley.UCL’s multi-disciplinary approach to learning has earned it a global reputation as a centre of teaching excellence, which has attracted 47,000 students, half of whom are postgraduates, and the highest number of international students in the UK.

UCL -UCL’s academic organisation

UCL has 11 faculties:

  • Arts and humanities
  • Build environment
  • Brain sciences
  • Engineering
  • IOE (Education and society)
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Maths and Physical sciences
  • Medical sciences
  • Population Health sciences
  • Social and historical sciences

and 100 departments, alongside a number of research centers.

UCL is ranked in the global top ten for a wide range of subjects (QS,2023), including :

  • Education -1
  • Architecture and build environment- 1
  • Archaeology- 3
  • Anthropology -4
  • Pharmacy and pharmacology – 4
  • Psychology- 5
  • Geography -6
  • Medicine – 6
  • Anatomy and physiology -6
  • Biological sciences -8

UCL is also highly ranked for its courses on:

  • American studies
  • Linguistics
  • Building
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Liberal arts
  • Construction, surveying and planning.

UCL’s academic year is divided into three terms, with most departments organising reading weeks in November and in February.

UCL has branched out into a range of innovative initiatives designed to make education available to a wider audience, in addition to providing a traditional academic journey.

UCL’s groundbreaking enterprises typify the spirit of UCL – to push the boundaries of knowledge and share findings with the world. The university launched UCL Discovery, an open-access repository where all research outputs and theses are stored. It also has its own open-access publishing arm, UCL Press, which publishes journals, monographs and textbooks which are free to download. In addition, the university set up  UCL Business, a technology transfer company which supports and creates spin-offs and offers project management and consultancy services.

As Elab Education Laboratory, we are your trusted partner in your journey to securing a place at UCL. Our team of experienced consultants is well-versed in the intricacies of the UCL admissions process, providing you with tailored guidance and strategies to make your application stand out. From crafting compelling personal statements to interview preparation, we are here to maximise your chances of success and help you achieve your academic aspirations at one of the UK’s most prestigious universities. Choose Elab, and let us guide you towards a bright future at UCL.

UCL -The research output

UCL researchers have :

  • discovered a new section of the periodic table: the five noble gasses
  • invented the vacuum flask
  • created a new cancer therapy which uses MRI to guide a seed through the brain and kill tumors
  • designed eye therapy based on stem cells
  • restored biodiversity to Brazil’s Atlantic Forest
  • set up a personal finance platform for the elderly
  • improved sustainable rice production in South-East Asia
  • found a way of turning coffee into clean energy
  • designed methods for inducing HIV remission
  • discovered the existence and function of hormones

UCL’s reputation for outstanding research means that the postgraduate arm of the university  is highly oversubscribed and the acceptance rate for postgraduate applicants is 23.5 per cent.

UCL -How do applications work?

Although UCL’s admission rate is 29 per cent, this is an overall figure and certain undergraduate  courses are more competitive than others:

  • BFA -3.7 per cent acceptance
  • BA Fine Arts- 4.8 per cent
  • LLB Law- 9.1 per cent
  • Statistics and Management for Business -9.4 per cent
  • Media -9.5 per cent
  • Management science -11 per cent
  • Psychology- 11 per cent
  • Architecture -11 per cent

Contrast these figures  with the least competitive undergraduate courses: 

  • French and Italian – 97 per cent
  • Italian and Spanish – 96 per cent
  • Earth Sciences – 94 per cent
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies – 93 per cent
  • German and History – 91 per cent
  • Classics – 91 per cent
  • Russian and Spanish – 90 per cent

UCL receives the most applications for the following subjects:

  • Law
  • MB medicine
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • Architecture
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Politics and International Relations

UCL is part of the UK’s UCAS centralised application system -see Study in the UK for further details. Contact Elab if you have any questions on how to apply through UCAS, which documents you will need to provide and upload, deadlines, costs etc.

Applicants to European social and political studies will need to sit the TSA exam.

Applicants to study law are required to sit the National Admission Test for Law.

UCL invites international students whose grades may not meet entry requirements to take a one year foundation course, known as the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate. This follows two pathways, Humanities or Science and Engineering, and greatly increases your chances of transferring onto a degree course. 

“I’m thrilled I chose to study at UCL because it offered an intellectually stimulating environment, empowering me to explore my academic interests and make lasting friendships. The diverse and inclusive community allowed me to learn from peers representing different cultures and perspectives, enriching my education and personal growth. UCL’s global reputation has also opened up exciting career opportunities, making me proud to be a UCL graduate.” Annamaria, Psychology

UCL -Life on campus

UCL Accommodation

University College London has two campuses in central London. One is around Gower Street, a conservation area in the heart of the capital, while UCL East is located in Olympic Park, Stratford, a short hop away on the underground. University College, London East is expanding  and can currently accommodate around 600 students, while UCL as a whole provides 26 halls of residence for 7,000 students. First year undergraduate and postgraduate applicants are guaranteed a place in the halls of residence as long as they commit to accepting their offer from UCL by the end of July, and have not lived in London before while studying.

Being a constituent college of the University of London, UCL opens up additional housing options for you, including the opportunity to apply for intercollegiate halls, engage in house-sharing arrangements, or explore private rental accommodations.

University College London campus activities

UCL has over 250 societies and clubs, spanning a wide range of activities from sport to debating. Of course, UCL students are also able to access everything this amazing capital city has to offer, from theaters to galleries and cutting-edge exhibitions and pop-ups. UCL owns three museums of its own, which are well worth visiting:

The Petrie Museum (Egyptology)

The UCL Art Museum

The Grant Museum of Zoology, with its unique collection of dodo bones.

Whatever your interests, from rugby to track, politics to dance, you will find an outlet for them if you study at UCL.

The UCL campus itself is moving rapidly towards eliminating all single-use plastics and reaching its goal of 85 per cent recycling. In addition it promotes the circular economy and biodiversity and is working to create a sustainable environment.

UCL traditions

UCL is governed by a college council and has a unique tradition of acknowledging the utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham as “present but not voting” in meetings; Bentham bequeathed his body to UCL. The UCL mascot, Phineas, a kilted Jacobean Highlander statue, was initially taken from a nearby shop and later officially gifted to UCL. This statue became a point of rivalry with King’s College London (KCL), leading to pranks involving theft and vandalism. In one incident, KCL students stole Bentham’s head and demanded a ransom, which UCL paid. Additionally, Queen Mary, London, joined the rivalry, targeting KCL’s mascot, Reggie the Lion. These historical pranks have since evolved into a competitive spirit in sports between these institutions.

If you wish to combine excellent teaching with all that London has to offer, then contact Elab and start working with us to prepare your application to University College, London. You will have an amazing educational experience.

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