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


  • #9 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • #10 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #22 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020
  • #15 of all universities globally in the Times Higher Education World rankings 2020

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 18,500

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 19,000

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 Higher Education World subject rankings 2020 place UCL 6th for Arts and Humanities, 8th for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health, 12th for Life Sciences, 14th for Social Sciences, 19th for Business and Economics, 30th for Physical Sciences and 41st for Engineering and Technology globally.

UCL is currently ranked 1st for Town and country planning and landscape in the UK within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. It has further Top 10 rankings for the following subjects: Law (#2), Subjects Allied to Medicine (#2), Anthropology (#3), Archaeology/Forensic Science (#4), Politics (#4), Architecture (#5), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (#6), History (#6), Psychology (#6), Maths (#7), Anatomy and Physiology (#8), Biological Sciences (#9) and Business Studies (#9).

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