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Best universities in the UK 2017

The University of Oxford is top in a list of the best universities in the UK, which includes institutions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

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What are the top universities in the UK? If you want to study in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, which universities should you consider?

1. University of Oxford

One of the most prestigious universities in the world, and one of the oldest, the University of Oxford attracts top scholars and students to its 44 colleges and halls. Entry standards are high and admissions are competitive; in 2015 there were 18,000 undergraduate applications for only 3,200 places, and 24,000 postgraduate applications for 5,200 places.

As is common in the UK, the university offers a number of joint honours programmes that combine two subjects at undergraduate level. In total, there are 250 different undergraduate degree combinations. The combination of philosophy, politics and economics is a particularly prestigious degree course on offer, although it is no longer unique to the University of Oxford.

Undergraduates and postgraduates belong to a college and often live in the college building or college-owned accommodation. Social life and recreational activities – such as rowing, cultural events and shared-interest societies – also revolve around the college. Undergraduates are taught almost exclusively by tutors in their college, while postgraduate students are primarily served academically by a centralised faculty.

There are more than 100 libraries in Oxford, the most famous of which is the Bodleian, built in 1602. The small town also boasts a number of museums, including the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, which houses the remains of a dodo, and the Museum of the History of Science, which displays a blackboard used by Albert Einstein.

More than 30 world leaders, 26 British prime ministers, 26 Nobel prizewinners and more than 120 Olympic medallists were educated at Oxford. Stephen Hawking, Hugh Grant and Indira Gandhi are among the most famous alumni.

Within six months of graduating from the university, 95 per cent of Oxford students are in employment or further study.

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Best universities in the UK 2017

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2016-2017 results

UK rank 2017 World University rank 2017 University
1 1 University of Oxford
2 4 University of Cambridge
3 8 Imperial College London
4 15 University College London
5 =25 London School of Economics and Political Science
6 27 University of Edinburgh
7 =36 King’s College London
8 55 University of Manchester
9 71 University of Bristol
10 =82 University of Warwick
11 88 University of Glasgow
12 =96 Durham University
13 109 University of Sheffield
14 =110 University of St Andrews
15 =113 Queen Mary University of London
16 =121 University of Southampton
17 =126 University of Exeter
18 129 University of York
19 130 University of Birmingham
20 133 University of Leeds
21 =137 Lancaster University
22 147 University of Nottingham
23 149 University of Sussex
24 158 University of Liverpool
25 =165 University of East Anglia
26 172 University of Leicester
27 =173 Royal Holloway, University of London
28 =180 University of Dundee
29 =182 Cardiff University
30 =188 University of Aberdeen
31 =190 Newcastle University
32 =192 University of Reading
=33 201-250 Birkbeck, University of London
=33 201-250 Queen’s University Belfast
=33 201-250 St George’s, University of London
=36 251-300 University of Bath
=36 251-300 University of Surrey
=38 301-350 Aberystwyth University
=38 301-350 Anglia Ruskin University
=38 301-350 Bangor University
=38 301-350 Brunel University London
=38 301-350 University of Essex
=38 301-350 Goldsmiths, University of London
=38 301-350 University of Kent
=38 301-350 Loughborough University
=38 301-350 Royal Veterinary College
=38 301-350 University of Stirling
=38 301-350 Swansea University
=49 351-400 Aston University
=49 351-400 City, University of London
=49 351-400 Plymouth University
=52 401-500 Heriot-Watt University
=52 401-500 Keele University
=52 401-500 The Open University
=52 401-500 Oxford Brookes University
=52 401-500 University of Portsmouth
=52 401-500 Soas, University of London
=52 401-500 University of Strathclyde
=59 501-600 University of Hertfordshire
=59 501-600 University of Hull
=59 501-600 Liverpool John Moores University
=59 501-600 Middlesex University
=59 501-600 Ulster University
=64 601-800 University of Bedfordshire
=64 601-800 Bournemouth University
=64 601-800 University of Bradford
=64 601-800 University of Brighton
=64 601-800 University of Central Lancashire
=64 601-800 Coventry University
=64 601-800 De Montfort University
=64 601-800 University of East London
=64 601-800 Edinburgh Napier University
=64 601-800 Glasgow Caledonian University
=64 601-800 University of Greenwich
=64 601-800 University of Huddersfield
=64 601-800 Kingston University
=64 601-800 Leeds Beckett University
=64 601-800 University of Lincoln
=64 601-800 London Metropolitan University
=64 601-800 Manchester Metropolitan University
=64 601-800 Northumbria University
=64 601-800 Nottingham Trent University
=64 601-800 University of Roehampton
=64 601-800 University of Salford
=64 601-800 Teesside University
=64 601-800 University of the West of England
=64 601-800 University of the West of Scotland
=64 601-800 University of Westminster
=89 801+ London South Bank University
=89 801+ Robert Gordon University
=89 801+ Sheffield Hallam University

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