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Best universities in the UK 2018

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

September 5 2017
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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?

This UK university league table reveals the 93 best UK universities and colleges, according to the trusted Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge take the top two spots in this ranking of best British universities, while some of the best universities in London complete the top five.

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Three universities in Scotland appear in the top 25: the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow and the University of St Andrews, while the best university in Wales is Cardiff University ranked at number 25.

For students looking to study in Northern Ireland, the best university in the ranking is Queen’s University Belfast.

Of the 93 top universities in the UK, around 20 are in London, including well-known institutions such as Imperial College London and University College London, and more recently established universities such as the University of Westminster and the University of Greenwich.

 

Top universities in the UK 2018

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2018 results

UK Rank 2018 World University Rank 2018 Institution City/Town
1 1 University of Oxford Oxford
2 2 University of Cambridge Cambridge
3 8 Imperial College London London
4 16 University College London London
5 =25 London School of Economics and Political Science London
6 =27 University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
7 36 King’s College London London
8 =54 University of Manchester Manchester
9 76 University of Bristol Bristol
10 =80 University of Glasgow Glasgow
11 91 University of Warwick Coventry
12 97 Durham University Durham
13 104 University of Sheffield Sheffield
14 121 Queen Mary University of London London
15 =126 University of Southampton Southampton
16 =130 University of Exeter Exeter
17 =137 University of York York
18 139 University of Leeds Leeds
19 =141 University of Birmingham Birmingham
20 =143 University of St Andrews Fife
=21 =147 University of Nottingham Nottingham
=21 =147 University of Sussex Brighton
23 =150 Lancaster University Lancaster
24 =159 University of Leicester Leicester
25 =162 Cardiff University Cardiff
26 =175 Newcastle University Newcastle
27 =177 University of Liverpool Liverpool
28 185 University of Aberdeen Aberdeen
29 187 University of Dundee Dundee
30 =188 University of East Anglia Norwich
31 197 Royal Holloway, University of London London
=32 201–250 Queen’s University Belfast Belfast
=32 201–250 University of Reading Reading
=32 201–250 St George’s, University of London London
=35 251–300 University of Bath Bath
=35 251–300 University of Essex Colchester
=35 251–300 University of Surrey Guildford
=35 251–300 Swansea University Swansea
=39 301–350 Aberystwyth University Aberystwyth
=39 301–350 Anglia Ruskin University East Anglia
=39 301–350 Bangor University Bangor
=39 301–350 Birkbeck, University of London London
=39 301–350 Brighton and Sussex Medical School Brighton
=39 301–350 Goldsmiths, University of London London
=39 301–350 University of Kent Kent
=39 301–350 Loughborough University Loughborough
=39 301–350 University of Stirling Stirling
=48 351–400 Aston University Birmingham
=48 351–400 Brunel University London London
=48 351–400 City, University of London London
=48 351–400 Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh
=48 351–400 Royal Veterinary College London
=53 401–500 University of Hull Hull
=53 401–500 Middlesex University London
=53 401–500 The Open University Nationwide
=53 401–500 Oxford Brookes University Oxford
=53 401–500 Plymouth University Plymouth
=53 401–500 Soas, University of London London
=53 401–500 University of Strathclyde Glasgow
=60 501–600 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield
=60 501–600 Keele University Keele
=60 501–600 Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool
=60 501–600 Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne
=60 501–600 University of Portsmouth Portsmouth
=60 501–600 Ulster University Londonderry
=60 501–600 University of the West of Scotland Paisley
=67 601–800 University of Bedfordshire Luton
=67 601–800 Bournemouth University Bournemouth
=67 601–800 University of Bradford Bradford
=67 601–800 University of Brighton Brighton
=67 601–800 University of Central Lancashire Preston
=67 601–800 Coventry University Coventry
=67 601–800 De Montfort University Leicester
=67 601–800 University of East London London
=67 601–800 Edinburgh Napier University Edinburgh
=67 601–800 Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow
=67 601–800 University of Greenwich London
=67 601–800 University of Huddersfield Huddersfield
=67 601–800 Kingston University London
=67 601–800 Leeds Beckett University Leeds
=67 601–800 University of Lincoln Lincoln
=67 601–800 Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester
=67 601–800 Nottingham Trent University Nottingham
=67 601–800 University of Roehampton London
=67 601–800 University of Salford Manchester
=67 601–800 University of South Wales Pontypridd
=67 601–800 Teesside University Middlesborough
=67 601–800 University of the West of England Bristol
=67 601–800 University of Westminster London
=90 801–1000 University of Derby Derby
=90 801–1000 London South Bank University London
=90 801–1000 Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
=90 801–1000 Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield

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