Rankings of University College London

University College London, otherwise known as UCL, is a government funded research university based in metropolitan London, England. It’s a university that puts emphasis on investigative research and the teaching of critical thinking skills for its alumni. The university has its main campus in the Bloomsbury area of the populous London Borough of Camden, in Central London, where students can enjoy its large parks and open spaces in their free time.

Latest ranking updates for University College London
  • September 2023: University College London ranks 22 in the latest THE World University Rankings from THE Times Higher Education, UK.
  • September 2023: University College London ranks 8 in the latest The Guardian League Table from The Guardian News and Media Limited.
  • September 2023: Publication of The Guardian University League Tables by Subject (Business and Management). Ranking position #9.
  • August 2023: University College London ranks 17 in the latest ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking from ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

University rankings

    • #6 
    • #7 
    The Times Good University Guide
    [Published 16 September, 2022]
    • #7 
    • #8 
    The Guardian League Table
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #9 
    CUG The Complete University Guide
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #22 
    THE World University Rankings
    [Published 27 September, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #9 
    QS World University Rankings
    [Published 27 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #20 
    QS Employability Rankings
    [Published 23 September, 2021]
    • #8 
    • #128 
    THE Global Employability University Ranking
    [Published 23 November, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #31 
    Reuters Most Innovative Universities
    [Published 23 October, 2019]
    • #4 
    • #25 
    THE World Reputation Rankings
    [Published 16 November, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #12 
    US News: Best Global Universities
    [Published 24 October, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #17 
    ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 15 August, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #14 
    THE World’s Most International Universities
    [Published 25 January, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #24 
    CWTS Leiden Ranking
    [Published 22 June, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #12 
    Scimago Institutions Rankings
    [Published 06 March, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #21 
    CWUR Center for World University Rankings
    [Published 25 April, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #45 
    Nature Index - Academic
    [Published 15 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #3 
    NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #3 
    URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
    [Published 28 November, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #20 
    RUR World University Rankings
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #22 
    RUR Reputation Ranking
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #29 
    RUR Academic Rankings
    [Published 25 May, 2023]
    • #15 
    • #81 
    StuDocu World University Ranking - EMEA - Europe, the Middle East and Africa
    [Published 06 September, 2021]
    • #3 
    • #45 
    UniRank 4icu: Top 200 Universities in the World
    [Published 11 August, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #6 
    Reuters Most Innovative Universities Europe
    [Published 30 April, 2019]
    • #3 
    • #43 
    UniRank 4icu: Top 200 English-Speaking Universities
    [Published 11 August, 2022]
    • #7 
    • #42 
    QS World University Rankings: Sustainability
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #15 
    Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
    [Published 31 July, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #71 
    THE Top Universities for a Digital Education
    [Published 10 May, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #22 
    THE China Subject Ratings Overall
    [Published 11 May, 2022]

Historic rankings in TOP global university rankings

Subject rankings

Agriculture

    • #49 
    Agriculture
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Architecture, Building & Planning

    • #2 
    • #3 
    Architecture
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #8 
    Architecture
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #36 
    Architecture
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]

Business

    • #19 
    • #100 
    Business
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #12 
    Public Administration
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

Computer Science

    • #5 
    • #5 
    Computer Science
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #29 
    Computer Science
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #58 
    Computer Science
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #17 
    Data Science
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

Education

    • #1 
    • #2 
    Education
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #10 
    Education
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #12 
    Education
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #10 
    • #12 
    Education
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #22 
    Education
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

Engineering

    • #73 
    Aerospace Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #24 
    Biotechnology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #8 
    • #9 
    Chemical Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #14 
    • #19 
    Chemical Engineering
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #69 
    Chemical Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #101 
    Chemical Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #6 
    • #131 
    Chemical Engineering
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #7 
    Civil Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #9 
    • #10 
    Civil Engineering
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #38 
    Civil Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #51 
    Civil Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #57 
    Civil Engineering
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #45 
    Engineering
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #57 
    Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #60 
    Environmental Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #107 
    Materials Science
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #2 
    Mechanical Engineering
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #6 
    Mechanical Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #92 
    Mechanical Engineering
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #13 
    • #151 
    Mechanical Engineering
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #11 
    • #208 
    Mechanical Engineering
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Languages & Literature

    • #5 
    • #6 
    English
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #6 
    English
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #7 
    French
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #10 
    • #12 
    German
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #7 
    Italian
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #7 
    Linguistics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #18 
    Linguistics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

Law

    • #1 
    • #1 
    Law
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #3 
    Law
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #11 
    Law
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #14 
    Law
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #32 
    Law
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

Mathematics

    • #5 
    • #7 
    Mathematics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #8 
    Mathematics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #41 
    Mathematics
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #51 
    Mathematics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #5 
    • #99 
    Mathematics
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Medicine & Health

    • #2 
    • #9 
    Dentistry
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #17 
    Dentistry
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #5 
    Medicine
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #6 
    Medicine
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #12 
    Medicine
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]

Natural Sciences

    • #5 
    • #8 
    Biology
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #13 
    • #17 
    Chemistry
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #19 
    Chemistry
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #41 
    • #50 
    Chemistry
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #76 
    Chemistry
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #114 
    Chemistry
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #9 
    Geology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #21 
    Geology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #35 
    Geology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #10 
    • #13 
    Physics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #42 
    Physics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #43 
    Physics
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #1 
    Anthropology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #3 
    • #4 
    Anthropology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #6 
    Anthropology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #5 
    Economics
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #16 
    Economics
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #11 
    • #16 
    Economics
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #21 
    Economics
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #4 
    Geography
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #4 
    • #6 
    Geography
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #11 
    • #13 
    Geography
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #6 
    History
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #6 
    • #7 
    History
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #8 
    • #9 
    History
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #12 
    History
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Psychology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #4 
    Psychology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #2 
    • #4 
    Psychology
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #5 
    Psychology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #5 
    • #6 
    Psychology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #7 
    • #9 
    Psychology
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 09 September, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #2 
    Social Sciences
    NTU Rankings by Subject
    [Published 11 July, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #14 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #2 
    • #5 
    Sociology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
    [Published 22 July, 2023]
    • #9 
    • #10 
    Sociology
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #19 
    Sociology
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]
    • #4 
    • #34 
    Sociology
    GRAS Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 19 July, 2022]

Highest subject rankings for University College London

Anthropology URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#1 
Social Studies & Humanities
Law The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#1 
Law
Mechanical Engineering The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#2 
Engineering
Education URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Field
#2 
Education
Architecture The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#3 
Architecture, Building & Planning
Medicine CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#5 
Medicine & Health
Computer Science CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
#5 
Computer Science
English The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#6 
Languages & Literature
Mathematics The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#7 
Mathematics
Biology The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
#8 
Natural Sciences

Student Reviews for University College London

Student satisfaction:
4.2 (based on 2203 student reviews)

“I studied philosophy here for two years. I really liked the format of the delivery of my course, where we would have an introduction to a topic where a lot of information is thrown at you all at once, and then you always have a seminar with your tutor where the topics are explored more carefully and in-depth. I loved this approach and it really helps you learn your subject properly.”

“I choose UCL because of its prestigious reputation, and the amazing buzzing social energy coming from the other students on the campus”

About University College London

PROS

  • Students at UCL have many positive things to say about the abundant clubs and societies on campus.
  • The administration listens to students, often making changes to the university based on suggestions given by the student body.
  • In terms of rankings, QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education place UCL among the top 20 in the world.

CONS

  • One aspect of the university that annoys students is that the area is full of tourists. This makes even going out for a coffee a difficult task.

Key facts

Foundation year:
1826
Telephone:
+44 (0) 2076 792 000
Address:
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT, London
England UK
Website:
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/
Social:

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • 5.5
    • UPSCE
  • Top Tips for Settling In to UCL
  • UCL Life Hacks - Shortcuts
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  • Tell me about The Bartlett

NSS Aggregate Student reviews

Below you see the results of University College London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK universities.

3134 total respondents

THE Student Experience Survey by Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education has surveyed 20251 undergraduate students in the UK about their study experience. 284 students of University College London participated in the survey.

Below you'll find the results for each of the survey questions for University College London in comparison to the average for all UK universities.

Overall score: 74.3

Student composition of University College London

medicine (non-specific):
5210
education and teaching:
4290
architecture, building and planning:
3640
Biosciences:
2835
languages and area studies :
2830
Psychology:
2310
Mathematical Sciences:
1890
Business and Management:
1850
Physics and Astronomy:
1560
Economics:
1535
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy:
1340
Computing:
1285
Law:
1190
History:
1115
Chemical, Process & Energy Engineering:
1000
Politics:
985
Chemistry:
970
engineering (non-specific):
790
Electrical And Electronic Engineering:
755
Civil Engineering:
720
geography, earth and environmental studies:
690
Creative Arts and Design:
490
Anthropology:
460
Philosophy:
445
Mechanical Engineering:
440
English Studies:
430
Social Policy:
350
Dentistry:
180
Classics:
155
Theology and Religious Studies:
60
China:
10285
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China):
1155
Malaysia:
625
United States:
605
Singapore:
575
India:
460
Korea (South):
355
Turkey:
240
Switzerland:
240
Canada:
215
Russia:
210
Thailand:
200
United Arab Emirates:
180
Taiwan:
170
Japan:
160
Saudi Arabia:
160
Pakistan:
145
Indonesia:
145
Chile:
105
Australia:
90
Lebanon:
85
Nigeria:
80
Egypt:
75
Iran:
70
Macao (Special Administrative Region of China):
65
Kuwait:
60
Kazakhstan:
50
Mexico:
50
Vietnam:
50
Colombia:
45
Bangladesh:
45
Norway:
45
Kenya:
40
Brazil:
40
South Africa:
40
Jordan:
40
Israel:
40
Morocco:
35
Ukraine:
30
Sri Lanka:
30
Bahrain:
30
New Zealand:
30
Qatar:
30
Philippines:
25
Mauritius:
25
Trinidad and Tobago:
25
Oman:
20
Peru:
20
Brunei:
20
Ghana:
20
Azerbaijan:
20
Myanmar (Burma):
15
Tunisia:
15
Albania:
15
Armenia:
15
Georgia:
10
Iraq:
10
Tajikistan:
10
Botswana:
10
Mongolia:
10
Monaco:
10
Paraguay:
10
Uganda:
10
Argentina:
10
Sudan:
10
Venezuela:
5
Guyana:
5
Bermuda:
5
Cayman Islands:
5
Grenada:
5
Jamaica:
5
Uruguay:
5
Panama:
5
Ecuador:
5
Tanzania:
5
Belarus:
5
Iceland:
5
Montenegro:
5
North Macedonia:
5
Serbia:
5
Algeria:
5
Libya:
5
Malawi:
5
Seychelles:
5
Syria:
5
Zambia:
5
Zimbabwe:
5
Afghanistan:
5
Cambodia:
5
Kyrgyzstan:
5
Maldives:
5
Nepal:
5
Uzbekistan:
5
Occupied Palestinian Territories {formerly West Ba:
5

Campuses of University College London

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FAQ

University College London ranks #4 in England UK in our meta ranking of 112 university rankings. See rankings of all 382 universities in England UK.

University College London ranks #2 in London in our meta ranking. See rankings of all 90 universities in London.

University College London is listed in The Times Good University Guide, The Guardian League Table, CUG The Complete University Guide, THE World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, QS Employability Rankings and more. See all 38 rankings of University College London.

University College London achieved #3 in URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance. This is the university’s highest ranking in the 112 rankings tracked on our website. See all rankings for University College London.

University College London achieved the highest ranking for Social Studies & Humanities. It is ranked #1 in CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject (American Studies). See all subject rankings for University College London.

A large number of university rankings include surveys among academics on reputation. In our meta ranking of 112 university rankings University College London ranks #2 among universities in London and #4 among universities in England UK. See all rankings of University College London.

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