If you want to study in the UK, you can choose from many different options in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. If you want to study in a place with a lot of history, the UK has a lot of universities to choose from, including the famous University of Oxford and University of Cambridge, which make up “Oxbridge.”
There are a lot of universities in London to choose from if you want to live there. Imperial College London, UCL (University College London), and Kings College London are all in the top 20 universities in the world.
Here is a list of the best universities in the UK, broken down by region. Visit this article to see how this compares to what happened last year.
The best College in London
University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London are the two best universities in London. UCL and the University of Oxford are both ranked 5th in the world. Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge are both ranked 2nd in the world.
This year, Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) made the biggest jump, going from 115th in the world to 98th.
Top London universities:
- Imperial College London is ranked second in the world.
- UCL stands for University College London.
- King’s College in London (KCL, 16th)
- LSE stands for the London School of Economics and Political Science.
- Queen Mary, London University (QMUL, 98th)
- The Royal Holloway University of London (275=)
- SOAS stands for the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (331=).
- University of City of London (341=)
- The Brunel University (355=)
- The University of London’s Birkbeck College (431-440)
- Goldsmiths is a college in London (501-550)
- University of Kingston (501-550)
- University of London Metropolitan (701+)
- University of Greenwich (701+), University of East London (701+).
Even though most of London’s best universities are right in the middle of the city, some are a long way away. Royal Holloway, Brunel University, and Kingston University are some of these universities on the outskirts.
The best schools in England (outside London)
If you want to study in the UK, it’s not all about London. In fact, the rest of England is home to 39 top universities, including both parts of Oxbridge. Eleven of these universities are ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.
This year, the top universities in England (other than London) are the University of Cambridge, which is tied for second place in the world, and the University of Oxford, which is tied for fifth place in the world. Outside of London, these are the best English universities:
England’s South East
- Oxford University (5=)
- Southampton University (94th)
- The University of Sussex (200=)
- Reading University (202=)
- Surrey University (314=)
- The Oxford Brookes University (379)
- Kent University (451-460)
- Middlesex College (651-700)
- England’s northwest
- Manchester University (30th)
- Liverpool University (123=)
- University of Lancaster (160th)
- University of Central Lancashire (701 and up)
- Salford University (701+)
- The University of Manchester (701+)
- Cambridge University (2=)
- East Anglia University (240)
- Essex University (370th)
- West Midlands (701) University of Hertfordshire (701+)
- College of Warwick (61st)
- Birmingham University (64th)
- The Aston University (390=)
- University of Keele (501-550)
- The University of Coventry (701+)
England’s South West
- College of Bristol (29th)
- College of Exeter (161st)
- The University of Bath (179=)
- Yorkshire and the Humber (701+) University of PlymouthSheffield University (69th)
- Leeds University (97th)
- York University (120th)
- Hull University (551-600)
- College of Bradford (601-650)
The East Midlands
- Nottingham University (77th)
- Leicester University (211th)
- University of Loughborough (265=)
- North East England, Nottingham Trent University (701+)University of Durham (92=)
- University of Newcastle (127=)
- Northumbria University in Newcastle (701+)
The best schools in Scotland
Even though England has the most top universities because it has the most people, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland also have a lot of world-class universities.
Scotland has nine of the best universities in the UK. The University of Edinburgh is ranked 17th in the world, just one spot behind King’s College London (KCL), and sixth in the ranking of the best universities in the UK as a whole.
All EU students from countries other than England, Wales, and Northern Ireland who want to study in Scotland can get their first year of college for free. For 2014–15, the best universities in Scotland are:
- Edinburgh University (17)
- Glasgow University (55=)
- College of St. Andrews (88th)
- College of Aberdeen (137th)
- The University of Dundee (230=)
- Strathclyde University (246=)
- Heriot-Watt College (352=)
- College of Stirling (501-550)
- University of Robert Gordon (701+)
Top schools in Wales and Northern Ireland
Wales and Northern Ireland aren’t as well represented in the rankings because they have smaller populations, but you shouldn’t forget about these places if you want to study in the UK. Wales and Northern Ireland do well in the higher education market, and they also give students the chance to see a completely different side of life in the UK. They often have close-knit and lively student scenes.
Cardiff University is the best university in Wales. It keeps getting better and better. Here is a list of the best universities in Wales:
- University of Cardiff (123rd)
- University of Swansea (461-470)
- University of Bangor (471-480)
- University of Aberystwyth (601-650)
And here are Northern Ireland’s best schools:
University of Ulster Queen’s University of Belfast (170th) (551-600)