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Top Universities in the UK 2022

The UK is home to some of the most prestigious universities, as well as quality institutions that possess strength in various academic fields.
For instance, the Russell Group comprises 24 public research-intensive universities that provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with the opportunity to grow, learn and generate impact.
With recent developments granting international students a two-year post-study work visa in the UK, the attractiveness of pursuing a degree in the country has elevated.
Paired with a slew of stunning sightseeing opportunities in different cities, steeped in culture as well as history, the UK reflects why it remains a popular option for international students - apart from its excellent higher education system.
Additionally, globally-recognised rankings like the Complete University Guide (CUG), QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World (THE) University Rankings use intricate methodologies to assess the qualities of universities across the world, including those in the UK.
With that, we’ve compiled the top universities in the UK, with data from the aforementioned ranking providers. 

CUG Top Universities in the UK 2022




University of Oxford 


University of Cambridge 


London School of Economics and Political Science


University of St Andrews 


Imperial College London 


Durham University 


Loughborough University 


UCL (University College London) 


University of Warwick 


University of Bath 


Lancaster University 


University of Edinburgh 


University of Manchester 


University of Exeter 


University of Southampton 


University of Glasgow 


University of Bristol 


University of York


University of Birmingham 


University of Leeds 

QS Top Universities in the UK 2022

Rank UniversityGlobal Rank
1 University of Oxford2
2 University of Cambridge3
3 Imperial College London7
4 UCL8
5 The University of Edinburgh16
6 The University of Manchester27
7 King's College London35
8The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)49
9 The University of Warwick61
10 University of Bristol62
11 University of Glasgow73
12 University of Southampton77
13 Durham University82
14 University of Birmingham90
15 University of St Andrews91
16 University of Leeds92
17 The University of Sheffield95
18 University of Nottingham103
19 Queen Mary University of London117
20 Lancaster University 132

THE Top Universities in the UK 2022

RankUniversityGlobal Rank
1 University of Oxford1
2 University of Cambridge5
3 Imperial College London12
4 UCL18
5 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)27
6 University of Edinburgh30
7 King's College London35
8 University of Manchester50
9 University of Warwick78
10 University of Glasgow86
11 University of Bristol92
12 University of Birmingham105
13 University of Sheffield110
14 Queen Mary University of London117
15 Lancaster University122
16 University of Southampton124
17 University of Leeds127
18 University of Nottingham141
19 University of Exeter143
20 Newcastle University146

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