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UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

UCL Faculty of Life Sciences
DeanProfessor Geraint Rees[1]
Administrative staff
(academic and research staff as at 30 April 2012)
(undergraduate (2011/12))
(graduate (2011/12))
WebsiteUCL Faculty of Life Sciences

The UCL Faculty of Life Sciences is one of the 11 constituent faculties of University College London (UCL).[3]


The roots of UCL’s Faculty of Life Sciences can be traced back to 1826, when the Chairs of Botany and Comparative Anatomy were established; with the Departments of Zoology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Botany and Microbiology all stemming from the Chair of Botany.

Since the Faculty’s establishment it has contributed to many major breakthroughs in history including Nobel Prize winner, James Black, work on β-blockers and histamine H2 receptor antagonists.

Most recently, the School of Pharmacy, established in 1842, merged with UCL in 2012, becoming one of two divisions within the Faculty of Life Sciences.[4]

Departments and divisions

The main entrance to the UCL School of Pharmacy building
The main entrance to the UCL School of Pharmacy building

The Faculty currently comprises the following departments, divisions and institutes:[5]


In the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Faculty, UCL is ranked 10th in the world (and 1st in London) for Life Sciences and Medicine.[6] In the 2021 Subject QS World University Rankings UCL is ranked 7th in the world (and 1st in London) for Pharmacy and Pharmacology.[7]

UCL is also ranked 10th in the world for Biological Sciences[8] and 5th in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences[9] in the 2021 Shanghai Rankings.

Notable alumni and staff

There are currently six Nobel Prize winners amongst the Faculty's alumni and current and former staff.[10]

Notable members of Faculty academic staff include:


  1. ^ "New Dean for UCL Faculty of Life Sciences". 30 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "UCL Annual Review 2012". UCL. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  3. ^ "The Academic Units of UCL". University College London. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  4. ^ UCL (2018-01-08). "History of Life Sciences at UCL". UCL Faculty of Life Sciences. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  5. ^ UCL (2018-08-16). "Academic Divisions". UCL Faculty of Life Sciences. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  6. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Life Sciences & Medicine". Top Universities. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  7. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Pharmacy & Pharmacology". Top Universities. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  8. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects". Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  9. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects". Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  10. ^ "Staff sceptical over streamlining of UCL faculty". Times Higher Education. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2010.

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