University College London, or UCL at it is more commonly known, is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and one of the largest research-intensive universities in the UK. It is consistently ranked in the UK Top 10 and its excellence is recognised across all academic disciplines. UCL is a truly global university, with 40% of its academic staff and 38% of its students from overseas. Its main campus is located in upmarket Bloomsbury in central London, and there are plans to open a further campus on the site of the London 2012 Olympic Park in east London.

Key Facts


  • #7 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #8 in the Complete University Guide 2022
  • #9 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022
  • #18 of all universities globally in the Times Higher Education World rankings 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • Over 20,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Over 20,000

Year founded

  • 1826

  • It is one of Europe’s most productive centres of medical and life sciences research, with links to London’s major hospitals.
  • The University’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is the UK's largest and leading multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment.
  • 29 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to UCL students or staff, including William Ramsay, who won it for his discovery of the noble gases. 
  • There has been at least one Nobel Laureate from the UCL community every decade since the establishment of the prizes in 1901.
  • Around 90% of UCL graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduating (Higher Education survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017).
Areas of recognition

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 places UCL:

  • 1st for Building and Information Systems
  • 2nd for Anthropology, Linguistics and town and country planning and landscape
  • 3rd for Economics, Law, Psychology and Subjects allied to medicine
  • 4th for English
  • 5th for Art and Design, Biological Sciences and Classics
  • 6th for Anatomy and Physiology and Business, Management and Marketing, Criminology, Geography and Environmental Sciences, History, Politics
  • 7th for Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Philosophy and Russian
  • 8th for Architecture
  • 9th for Computer Science, Geology, German, History of Art, Italian, Maths, Pharmacology and Pharmacy

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