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University College London PhD Reviews

Updated 10 July 2018
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  1. "PhD. student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great environment for learning and developing personally

    Cons

    supervisors can be too busy to help you


  2. "Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating research, exposure to academic and non-academic environments, attention to diversity

    Cons

    Slow resolution to any issues, old buildings for the main campus

  3. "Experience largely depends on personality and the supervision team"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    UCL in general provides proper training opportunities and funding for conferences. Supervision team matters for your growth. My supervisors are quite experienced, responsible and pragmatic in research, and I really enjoy studying and working with them.

    Cons

    International students are charged 4 times the tuition fees as the EU students.
    Teaching opportunities and payments vary among institutes. Some institutes can have very little teaching opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    The management teams in my institute and my department are quite professional.

    University College London Response

    29 Jun 2018 – Communications and Engagement Manager

    Hello, thanks so much for your review. It’s great to hear you’re enjoying working and studying at UCL and benefiting from the experience of your supervisors. All the best with your PhD!


  4. "PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High quality research, which can benefit your career
    Diverse Environment

    Cons

    Extremely competitive
    Support from university and lab heads is lacking


  5. "PhD student at Ucl ION"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supervisors available to you are the top of their respective fields. Support services such as careers advice and mental health support/physical health support are readily available.

    Cons

    Dependent on your supervisor, you may have fewer contact hours with them than you would like. Make sure to choose a supervisor well.

    University College London Response

    1 May 2018 – UCL Human Resources

    Hello, many thanks for your review. It's great to receive this positive feedback about our support services and our world-leading academic staff. We hope you continue to enjoy your time at UCL.


  6. "PhD student"

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    Former Employee - Phd Student Researcher in London, England
    Former Employee - Phd Student Researcher in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time there, I was flexible in managing my schedules and research project

    Cons

    Pros and cons depends on the supervisor/department.

    Advice to Management

    £3000 for three years are not enough to pay conferences, fieldwork, research visits etc.


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    "WT PhD at UCL"

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    Current Employee - WT PhD Student in London, England
    Current Employee - WT PhD Student in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good stipend for a PhD
    Interesting projects to work with

    Cons

    Sink or swim attitude from management
    Stressful work environment
    PhD students seen by PIs as a cheap (free) labour

    Advice to Management

    PhD and academic career can be much more than publishing papers. This is ofter forgotten by people who run programs.

  8. "Ph.D. Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate
    Recommends

    I worked at University College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Top university
    Admins are very efficient (at least in the biosciences department)

    Cons

    Not a lot but some of the lecturers are not very good at presenting.


  9. "Phd review"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good supervision and good science

    Cons

    no cons but it depends on the department


  10. "Great institution, but..."

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in London, England
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    > Centrally located.
    > Excellent facilities, training, and access to the most brilliant mind in the world.
    > Excellent library access.

    Cons

    > Not much teaching opportunity for PhD student, if they exist, it is a relatively low-paid job.
    > Overstressed and overworked supervisors, always being pressured to bring in more funding to the department.
    > No opportunity to voice our concern about supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Please look after the wellbeing of your PhD students too, don't just focus on your undergraduates.
    Please offer more stability for post-docs and research staffs, so they can focus on their current research and supervising the students well.