UCL (University College London) is a world-leader in research, and one of the world’s very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in a wide range of world rankings.Show more
Located in the city of London, England, the public research university gives access to its students to a great variety of cultural and academic resources as libraries, museums, and collections.
UCL was established in 1826 as London University, it was the first university institution in London, and the first university to admit any student regardless of their religion.
The University College London has its main campus in the Bloomsbury area of central London and it is formed by eleven constituent faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes, and research centers. UCL assures that 90% of its students enter the workforce or further studies in a six-month period, and its graduates earn around £3,000 more than the national average.
UCL administrates different collection in a broad range of fields which includes the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and it also manages the annual Orwell Prize in political writing.
There are memorable and honorable alumni that have studied at this university, including the “Father of the Nation” of each of India, Kenya and Mauritius, the founders of Ghana, modern Japan and Nigeria, the inventor of the telephone, and one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. UCL academics discovered five of the naturally occurring noble gases, invented the vacuum tube, co-discovered hormones, and made several foundational advances in modern statistics.
There are at least 29 Nobel Prize winners like Peter Higgs, Owen Willans Richardson, William Henry Braggand among others, and 3 Fields Medalists amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff.
UCL Union counts with over 50 sports clubs which includes UCL Cricket Club, UCL Rugby Club, UCL Boat Club and UCL Cross Country and Athletics Club.
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UCL is a well-established network to help the students access as much knowledge as they can, by the virtue of being a UCL student. It reaches out from the museums and libraries to archives and state offices. Studying a post-graduate course at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, this is the most rewarding experience one can have as a student, where the knowledge base to tap into is vast. The academic staff is highly accomplished in their respective subjects, and well networked to connect the students to world-experts in the respective fields. One also enjoys the advantage of a personal tutor, who is your go-to for everything academic. Its rich and diverse legacy also opens the door for post-university employment. The cohort at UCL is truly international, which makes the class participation very enriching and assignments very bold. The multiple departments that operate within the university mean its a fecund ground for any inter-disciplinary studies one would like to take at post-graduate level. The relationships you build while at the university are amongst the fondest ones, and campus life very rich and diverse.
UCL is consistently ranked in the top 10 super-elite global universities in the QS world university rankings (7th in the world and 3rd in the UK in 2017-18) With over 39,000 students, it is the largest of the top 10 global super-elite global universities and yet it prides itself in small classes with a 1:10.5 staff /student ratio.
QS ranks UCL’s Institute of Education 1st in the World and UCL’s Bartlett School of Built Environment 2nd in the World, Archeology (3rd) Anatomy & Physiology (4th) in the top 5 globally, and Dentistry (6th) , Medicine (9th) , Pharmacy & Pharmacology (8th), Psychology (8th), Geography (8th ) and Anthropology (10th) in the world’s top 10.
Times Higher Education World University rankings for faculties ranks UCL’s Medical Faculty 5th in the World, Arts and Humanities 6th in the World and Laws 8th in the World.
National Taiwan University ranks UCL’s Scientific research 10th in the world (2nd in the UK).
UCL has 29 Nobel Prize winners among its alumni & staff include Sir Charles Kao (Physics 2009), Peter Higgs (Physics 2013) and John O’Keefe (Medicine 2014).
It is a great multi-disciplinary university covering arts and humanities, sciences and engineering, with a huge range of degrees ranging from art, astrophysics, biomedical science, engineering, history, law, nanotechnology, management and PPE . Its latest degrees include a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences, a double (LLB) law degree with University of Hong Kong and a double MBA with Peking University. It prides itself in being a balanced university with about 52:48 postgraduate/undergraduate student population; 57:43 UK/International student population and a roughly 49:51 male/female student population. UCL is a truly international university being the 1st University in England to accept international students regardless of race and background including Wu Ting Fang (one of the 1st Prime Ministers and acting Presidents of China), Gandhi (Father of India), Kenyatta (Father Kenya) and Nkrumah (Father of Ghana) and Ito Hirobumi (1st Prime Minister of Japan).
UCL is one of the best universities in the world, high-level profile professors teach your classes and the level of research of the faculty is incredible. During my master program , I was able to conduct my dissertation with the European Commission Joint Research Output, travel to Brussels for conferences and many other opportunities.
UCL really held an incredible standard of teaching during my time as a student. I enjoyed classes, in safe and modern environments, which entailed both lecture and small group format. I chose a double major, which I feared would be difficult to accomodate, but with UCL’s streamlined departmental communication, this was facilitated and enhanced my study experience greatly.
The facilities went above and beyond expectations in our department, with modern computer suites and study booths to fulfill any number of students needs. The many libraries and their multiple collections, formatted online in some cases, meant access to knowledge was always with reach.
Staff were commited to pushing us, which was exactly what I wanted to achieve above and beyond my expectations. Though they were also approachable, and down to earth; whenever you felt stuck, some would even talk things through with you at untimely hours! Further, you build a rapport with your tutor throughout your studies, which lasts well on after you’ve left.
For those interested in activities, you are spoilt for choice, from archery, to wing chun, to drama, to dinasour appreciation society! If you want to join a society you can, and if your society doesnt exist, you can request funding to make it a reality.
Best of all, you join a global network of alumni, keeping you connected long after you have left UCL.. I have many fond memories and experiences there, and I would encourage any who are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience to apply!
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