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By | 14th June 2017

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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 2017World University rank 2017University
11University of Oxford
24University of Cambridge
38Imperial College London
415University College London
5=25London School of Economics and Political Science
627University of Edinburgh
7=36King’s College London
855University of Manchester
971University of Bristol
10=82University of Warwick
1188University of Glasgow
12=96Durham University
13109University of Sheffield
14=110University of St Andrews
15=113Queen Mary University of London
16=121University of Southampton
17=126University of Exeter
18129University of York
19130University of Birmingham
20133University of Leeds
21=137Lancaster University
22147University of Nottingham
23149University of Sussex
24158University of Liverpool
25=165University of East Anglia
26172University of Leicester
27=173Royal Holloway, University of London
28=180University of Dundee
29=182Cardiff University
30=188University of Aberdeen
31=190Newcastle University
32=192University of Reading
=33201-250Birkbeck, University of London
=33201-250Queen’s University Belfast
=33201-250St George’s, University of London
=36251-300University of Bath
=36251-300University of Surrey
=38301-350Aberystwyth University
=38301-350Anglia Ruskin University
=38301-350Bangor University
=38301-350Brunel University London
=38301-350University of Essex
=38301-350Goldsmiths, University of London
=38301-350University of Kent
=38301-350Loughborough University
=38301-350Royal Veterinary College
=38301-350University of Stirling
=38301-350Swansea University
=49351-400Aston University
=49351-400City, University of London
=49351-400Plymouth University
=52401-500Heriot-Watt University
=52401-500Keele University
=52401-500The Open University
=52401-500Oxford Brookes University
=52401-500University of Portsmouth
=52401-500Soas, University of London
=52401-500University of Strathclyde
=59501-600University of Hertfordshire
=59501-600University of Hull
=59501-600Liverpool John Moores University
=59501-600Middlesex University
=59501-600Ulster University
=64601-800University of Bedfordshire
=64601-800Bournemouth University
=64601-800University of Bradford
=64601-800University of Brighton
=64601-800University of Central Lancashire
=64601-800Coventry University
=64601-800De Montfort University
=64601-800University of East London
=64601-800Edinburgh Napier University
=64601-800Glasgow Caledonian University
=64601-800University of Greenwich
=64601-800University of Huddersfield
=64601-800Kingston University
=64601-800Leeds Beckett University
=64601-800University of Lincoln
=64601-800London Metropolitan University
=64601-800Manchester Metropolitan University
=64601-800Northumbria University
=64601-800Nottingham Trent University
=64601-800University of Roehampton
=64601-800University of Salford
=64601-800Teesside University
=64601-800University of the West of England
=64601-800University of the West of Scotland
=64601-800University of Westminster
=89801+London South Bank University
=89801+Robert Gordon University
=89801+Sheffield Hallam University

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