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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

RankUniversity
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
17=University of Southampton
19University of Glasgow
20King's College London, University of London

QS Top Universities in the UK

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Oxford

5

2

University of Cambridge

7

3

Imperial College London

8

4

UCL

10

5

The University of Edinburgh

20

6

The University of Manchester

27

7

King’s College London

31

8

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

49

9

University of Bristol

58

10

The University of Warwick

62

11

University of Glasgow

77

12

Durham University

86

13

University of Birmingham

87

14

University of Southampton

90

15

University of Leeds

91

16

The University of Sheffield

93

17

University of St Andrews

96

18

University of Nottingham

99

19

Queen Mary University of London

114

20

Lancaster University

135

 

THE Top Universities in the UK

Rank

University 

Global Rank

1

University of Oxford

1

2

University of Cambridge

6

3

Imperial College London

11

4

UCL

16

5

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

27

6

University of Edinburgh

30

7

King’s College London

35

8

University of Manchester

51

9

University of Warwick

77

10

University of Bristol

91

11

University of Glasgow

92

12

University of Birmingham

107

13

Queen Mary University of London

110

14

University of Sheffield

121

15

University of Southampton

127

16

University of York

133

17

Lancaster University 

136

18

Durham University

149

19

University of Exeter

158

20

University of Sussex

160

 

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