Top Universities in the UK

The UK blusters 84 positions in the QS World University Ranking plus 8 new entries this year. Four UK university quality in the global top 10, while a further 24 have marked the incredible performance   ranking in the top 200. Unsurprisingly,  both halves of Oxbridge and several London-based institutions feature in the UK top 10, but there’s a much expansive range of universities and locations further down the table.

1. University of Oxford

Oxford University

Ranked 4th in the world, the University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and is trusted with producing highly successful alumni, adding 27 British Prime Ministers, 30 international leaders, 50 Nobel Prize winners and other prominent figures such as Sir Stephen Hawking.

2. University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge ranked 2nd in the UK in the year 2019-20 down one place in the UK this year. Also, the university is down one place in the QS World University Rankings to now rank 7th  in the world this year. Cambridge was founded in 1209, making it one of the oldest university of the world, and currently coaches and educates around 19,500 students.

3. UCL (University College London)


UCL  ranks 8th  in the world this year, making it London’s highest-ranked university for 3 years in a row. UCL calls itself London’s Global University and this is certainly reflected in its on-campus diversity, with more than 15,500 of its 38,900 students coming from outside the UK.

4. Imperial College London

Imperial College London

The Imperial College London ranks 9th in the world this year. It is 4th  and final UK university to be seen in the global top 10. Imperial is a science-based institution which targets on developing technologies and their practical applications.

5. University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh remains to be the highest-ranked university in Scotland, this year setting joint 20th in the world and joint 5th in the UK. Established in 1582, the university’s reputation has helped earn the city the nickname ‘Athens of the North’, and it’s been marked as one of the top 5 UK universities for research excellence.

6. University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Ranking 27th in the world , the University of Manchester is the UK’s largest single-site university, presenting around 39,700 students representing from 160 countries. A member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities, Manchester has been associated with 25 Nobel Prize winners.

7. King’s College London (KCL)


The King`s College London (KCL) is ranked joint 33rd in the world this year. Known  for its medical education and research, the university is home to the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, the world’s first nursing school.

8. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is ranking 44th in the world in 2020. Established in 1895, LSE targets on the social sciences and has a several student body, with over 7,500 of its 10,880 students hailing from overseas.

9. University of Bristol

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is ranking 49th in the world in 2020. The university is another Russell Group member and is the greatest independent employer in the city of Bristol. The university was established in 1876 and now educates around 23,100 students

10. University of Warwick

University of Warwick

Ranking 62thin the world in 2020, the University of Warwick is actually stationed in the outskirts of the city of Coventry, and is central to the Warwick Arts Centre, the largest of its kind in the UK outside of London.

1 4 University of Oxford
2 7 University of Cambridge
3 8 UCL
4 9 Imperial College London
5 20 The University of Edinburgh
6 27 The University of Manchester
7 33 King’s College London
8 44 The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
9 49 University of Bristol
10 62 The University of Warwick
11 67 University of Glasgow
12 78 Durham University
13 78 The University of Sheffield
14 81 University of Birmingham
15 93 University of Leeds
16 96 University of Nottingham
17 97 University of Southampton
18 100 University of St Andrews
19 126 Queen Mary University of London
20 128 Lancaster University
21 146 Newcastle University
22 148 University of York
23 154 Cardiff University
24 163 The University of Exeter
25 172 University of Bath
26 173 Queen’s University Belfast
27 181 University of Liverpool
28 194 University of Aberdeen
29 205 University of Reading
30 222 Loughborough University
31 239 University of Leicester
32 246 University of Sussex
33 274 University of Surrey
34 291 Royal Holloway University of London
35 296 University of Strathclyde
36 302 University of Dundee
37 309 SOAS University of London
38 314 Heriot-Watt University
39 314 University of East Anglia (UEA)
40 328 Birkbeck, University of London
41 349 City, University of London
42 359 Brunel University London
43 368 University of Kent
44 370 University of Essex
45 376 Oxford Brookes University
46 417 Goldsmiths, University of London
47 442 Aston University
48 462 Swansea University
49 478 University of Stirling
50 484 Aberystwyth University
51 521-530 Bangor University
52 531-540 Coventry University
53 591-600 Kingston University, London
54 601-650 Keele University
55 601-650 Ulster University
56 601-650 University of Bradford
57 601-650 University of Hull
58 601-650 University of Portsmouth
59 651-700 University of Plymouth
60 651-700 University of Westminster
61 701-750 Bournemouth University
62 701-750 London South Bank University
63 701-750 Northumbria University at Newcastle
64 701-750 Nottingham Trent University
65 701-750 University of Greenwich
66 701-750 University of Huddersfield
67 751-800 London Metropolitan University
68 751-800 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
69 751-800 University of East London
70 751-800 University of Hertfordshire
71 751-800 University of the West of England
72 801-1000 Birmingham City University
73 801-1000 Canterbury Christ Church University
74 801-1000 De Montfort University
75 801-1000 Edinburgh Napier University
76 801-1000 Glasgow Caledonian University
77 801-1000 Liverpool John Moores University
78 801-1000 Middlesex University
79 801-1000 Sheffield Hallam University
80 801-1000 Robert Gordon University
81 801-1000 University of Brighton
82 801-1000 University of Central Lancashire
83 801-1000 University of Lincoln
84 801-1000 University of Salford


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