Universities and Colleges in the UK

Universities and Colleges in the UK


Institutions that offer degree-level courses in the UK are called either ‘recognised’ or ‘listed’ bodies.

Recognised bodies are higher learning institutions that can award degrees.

Listed bodies can’t award degrees themselves. If you study a degree course at a listed body, your degree will be awarded by a recognised body.

ExampleIf you studied for a foundation degree in Early Years at Aylesbury College, your degree would be awarded by Buckinghamshire New University.

If your degree isn’t from an officially recognised UK university or college, there’s no guarantee it’ll count when you’re looking for a job.

More information

The lists of recognised bodies, listed bodies and recognised awards are not guaranteed to always be up to date.

If your university or college isn’t listed, contact the Department for Education to check that they’re officially recognised.

Department for Education


University of Aberdeen

Abertay University (formerly University of Abertay Dundee)

Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

Archbishop of Canterbury, The

Arden University (formerly known as Resource Development International)

Ashridge Business School

Aston University


Bangor University (Prifysgol Bangor)

University of Bath

Bath Spa University

University of Bedfordshire

Birkbeck, University of London

University of Birmingham

Birmingham City University

University College Birmingham

Bishop Grossteste University

University of Bolton

Arts University Bournemouth

Bournemouth University

BPP University

University of Bradford

University of Brighton

University of Bristol

British School of Osteopathy, The

Brunel University London

University of Buckingham

Buckinghamshire New University


University of Cambridge

Canterbury Christ Church University

Cardiff Metropolitan University (Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd)

Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)

University of Chester

University of Chichester

City University London

Coventry University

Cranfield University

University for the Creative Arts

University of Cumbria


De Montfort University

University of Derby

University of Dundee