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Top Universities in the UK 2021

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 2021 


Rank University
1University of Cambridge 
2University of Oxford 
3University of St Andrews 
4London School of Economics and Political Science 
5Imperial College London 
6Loughborough University 
7Durham University 
8Lancaster University 
9University of Bath 
10UCL (University College London) 
11University of Warwick 
12University of Exeter 
13University of Birmingham 
14University of Bristol 
15University of Edinburgh 
16University of Leeds 
17University of Manchester 
18University of Southampton 
19University of Glasgow 

King’s College London, University of London 


QS Top Universities in the UK 2021 

RankUniversityGlobal Rank
1University of Oxford5
2University of Cambridge7
3Imperial College London 8
5The University of Edinburgh 20
6The University of Manchester 27
7King’s College London31
8The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 49
9University of Bristol58
10The University of Warwick62
11University of Glasgow 77
12Durham University 86
13University of Birmingham 87
14University of Southampton  90
15University of Leeds91
16The University of Sheffield 93
17University of St Andrews 96
18University of Nottingham 99
19Queen Mary University of London114
20Lancaster University 135


THE Top Universities in the UK 2021 

RankUniversityGlobal Rank
1University of Oxford 1
2University of Cambridge6
3Imperial College London 11
5London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 27
6University of Edinburgh30
7King’s College London 35
8University of Manchester 51
9University of Warwick77
10University of Bristol91
11University of Glasgow92
12University of Birmingham 107
13Queen Mary University of London110
14University of Sheffield 121
15University of Southampton127
16University of York133
17Lancaster University136
18Durham University149
19University of Nottingham 158
20University of Leeds160


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