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University College London

2016 League Table Ranking 13
2016 Overall Score 873
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Entry Standards 500 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 10.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.22 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,982 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.96 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 195 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 81.3 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 94.7 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 87.9 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 60.9 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1826 – England's third oldest university.
  • The first university in England to admit students of any race, class or religion.
  • The first university in England to welcome women on equal terms with men.
  • Joined with the School of Pharmacy to form the UCL School of Pharmacy in 2012.
  • Joined with the Institute of Education on 2 December 2014.

Location and Transport

  • UCL is situated in the heart of London, close to the West End and all of its attractions.
  • Some of the world's most important collections, including the British Library and the British Museum, are on UCL's doorstep.
  • Great transport links. Euston, King's Cross St Pancras and the Eurostar terminal are nearby.

Entry Standards

  • The undergraduate entry requirement is A*AA–ABB (depending on the degree).
  • The graduate entry requirement is a first or second class honours degree, depending on the graduate degree programme chosen.
  • Find out more about entry requirements at UCL online.

Student Mix

The 28,430 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time

Teaching Standards

  • An emphasis on small-group teaching with an overall staff to student ratio of 1:9.
  • Achievement of first class or upper second class honours by 82% of undergraduate students (2011).

Research Standards

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, UCL’s total number of academics judged internationally excellent or better (4* or 3*) was greater than any other UK university, as was our total research strength as measured by average research quality score multiplied by the number of staff submitted.
  • Our number of world leading academics (rated 4*) was second only to Oxford. In particular, UCL had the greatest volumes of world leading research submitted to both Panel A (Medical and Life Sciences) and Panel C (Social Sciences and related disciplines) as well as the largest volume across STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) fields as a whole. UCL received a 'grade point average' of 3.54 (out of 4) regarding the real-world impact of its research, placing it top among English multi-faculty universities that made submissions to all main panels.
  • In 2013–14, UCL received the second-highest research income from external sponsors of any UK university, and had a total research income of more than £490m, projected to rise to more than £530m in 2014–15.
  • UCL’s citation volume, indicating the influence that its research has on other research has on other researchers, is consistently in the top dozen universities in the world.

Academic Strengths

  • High-quality research is key in undergraduate teaching – the most up-to-date research discoveries, developments and ideas are incorporated into programmes.
  • Over 100 UCL undergraduate degree programmes include study abroad as an integral part of the curriculum.

Student Facilities

  • UCL's facilities include a main library and 15 specialist subject libraries.
  • UCL offers a wide range of IT facilities in open-access cluster rooms and student residences.
  • UCL's wireless network provides secure web and email access in many locations across the university.

Disability Services

  • Find out about disability services at UCL online.

Students' Union

  • UCL Union runs a full entertainments programme, a number of bars, cafe-bars and catering outlets
  • Volunteering and democracy support units help students get through university life and give something back.
  • UCL Bloomsbury Theatre shows leading theatrical and comedy performances and also hosts UCL Union productions.


  • Facilities are provided for a wide range of sporting interests. The UCL Sports Grounds offer over 90 acres of grounds.
  • The Bloomsbury Fitness Centre, located on the main campus, houses a variety of equipment and fitness classes
  • 50 different sports clubs are run under the auspices of UCL Union and Somers Town Sports Centre provides indoor facilities.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Located in central London and occupying an estate which has expanded and developed over 185 years, UCL is focused on upgrading its buildings to meet the needs of higher education in the 21st century. With refurbishment of Foster Court for language study completed, the Malet Place entrance has been fully restored. The Lewis Building, on the corner of Gower Street and Gower Place, is being refurbished to provide additional student facilities including a function room, bar and café, and offices for the Students' Union. Refurbishment of the Henry Morely building will provide a new home for Management Science and Innovation. Read more about the major projects at UCL online.
  • An estates masterplanning exercise is underway to ensure that UCL’s academic mission is supported through the efficient and effective use of built space, to provide coherence to the campus, and to integrate it into the local urban fabric.
  • UCL is part of the EcoCampus initiative and has successfully completed the planning phase, thus achieving the Bronze Award. It rose from 98th to 48th in the People and Planet Green League for Universities (June 2010), and participates in the Higher Education Carbon Management programme of the Carbon Trust.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There is no shortage of varied and reasonably paid employment
  • The UCL Union Job Shop acts as an agency offering temporary work both on and beyond the UCL campus.

Notable Alumni

  • 2014 Nobel Laureate Prof John O’Keefe received the 29th Nobel Prize awarded to UCL current or former academics or students.
  • Television and film broadcasters/writers include Jonathan Ross, Vivienne Parry, Margaret Mountford, Sir Jonathan Miller , Ricky Gervais, Andrew Davies, Bel Mooney, Jonathan Dimbleby and Christopher Nolan.
  • Musicians include Chris Martin and all three other members of the band Coldplay, as well as two members of the band Keane. 
  • Authors include linguist David Crystal, Stella Gibbons, Robert Browning, Rabindranath Tagore, Raymond Briggs and G. K. Chesterton.
  • Scientists and engineers to have attended UCL include Marie Stopes, Alexander Graham Bell,  Francis Crick, John Ambrose Fleming, Joseph Lister, Roger Penrose, Colin Chapman, Patrick Head, physicist and astrobiologist Paul Davies, evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith and the aforementioned Bell.
  • Artists, architects and designers include Antony Gormley, Sir William Coldstream, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Ben Nicholson and David Mlinaric.
  • Politicians include Sir Stafford Cripps, William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate, the first and former prime ministers of Japan (Hirobumi Ito and Junichiro Koizumi respectively) and Chaim Herzog, the former President of Israel. Moreover, the founding father of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta was a UCL graduate. Wu Tingfang (Ng Choy) was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Premier during the early days of the Republic of China. The Lord Mayor of the City of London 2008–9, Ian Luder is also an UCL alumnus.
  • Prominent Law graduates include a Lord Chancellor (Lord Herschell), the former Chief Justices of England (Lord Woolf), Hong Kong (Sir Yang Ti-liang), India (A.S. Anand) and Ghana (Samuel Azu Crabbe), two Masters of the Rolls (Lord Cozens-Hardy, Sir George Jessel), as well as the Attorneys-General of England (Lord Goldsmith; Baroness Scotland), Singapore (Tan Boon Teik; Chao Hick Tin) and Gambia (Hassan Bubacar Jallow). F.T. Cheng a.k.a. Cheng T'ien-Hsi was a judge of the International Court of Justice at the Hague and was Nationalist China's last ambassador to the United Kingdom.
  • Many leading journalists attended UCL including three former editors of The Economist, most notably Walter Bagehot, and two editors of The Times Literary Supplement.
  • Key business people include Edwin Waterhouse (founding partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers) and both of the managing directors of the Jack Wills clothing chain.
  • David Gower and Christine Ohuruogu from sports are also UCL graduates.

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