Top Universities in the UK

The United Kingdom is one of the topmost study abroad destinations; and why not! A country with a rich historical and cultural past, the UK did not lose any time in catching up with other developed nations in terms of education, technology and innovation. Every year, a huge number of students from around the world look for undergraduate courses in the UK, master’s courses in the UK, MBA universities in the UK, and also universities in the UK for PhD.

  • According to 2018-19 statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 485,645 international students were pursuing their degree in the UK.

There are over 100 universities in the UK which offer a variety of degree programmes. Most undergraduate degree programmes in the UK take three years to finish; there is another category known as the ‘sandwich course’ with a duration of four years. The sandwich course involves one year (normally in the third year of studies) in the workplace.

Now, the higher education in England is provided by the Higher Education (HE) colleges, university colleges, universities and private colleges. There is a hierarchy among universities.

Built in 1602, the University of Oxford is one of the oldest and most esteemed universities in the world. It has 44 colleges and attracts top scholars every year. Many students aspire to be a part of this legendary place, but only the crème de la crème get through given the university’s stringent and highly competitive admission procedure. Stephen Hawking, Hugh Grant, Indira Gandhi are among the most famous alumni.

Another prestigious university, the University of Cambridge is just an hour away from London. It has 31 colleges, some of which date back to the 13th century. With more than 100 academic departments, the university is particularly renowned for its excellence in the field of mathematics. Some of the famous alumni include Charles Darwin, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall.

Let us look at the top 10 universities in the UK, as per the QS World University Rankings 2021

UK Rank Global Rank University
1 5 University of Oxford
2 7 University of Cambridge
3 8 Imperial College London
4 10 University College London
5 20 University of Edinburgh
6 27 The University of Manchester
7 31 King’s College London
8 49 London School of Economics and Political Science
9 58 University of Bristol
10 62 The University of Warwick

The Russell Group is seen as being composed of the country’s highly prestigious universities. It has a total of 24 leading UK universities. These are pioneers when it comes to research and education, and also help to create a dynamic economy and stronger communities.

Following are the Russell Group Universities:

  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • Cardiff University
  • Durham University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University College London
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York

The League Tables of Universities are produced by private companies and generally cover the whole of the UK.

If you are planning to take admission in the UK, do get in touch with our seasoned overseas education consultants who can guide you through each step of your admission journey.