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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 for 2020 below, with data from the aforementioned ranking providers.

CUG Top Universities in the UK

Ranking

Universities

1

University of Cambridge

2

University of Oxford

3

University of St Andrews

4

London School of Economics and Political Science

5

Imperial College London

6

Loughborough University

7

Durham University

8

Lancaster University

9

University of Bath

10

UCL (University College London)

11

University of Warwick

12

University of Exeter

13

University of Birmingham

14

University of Bristol

15

University of Edinburgh

16

University of Leeds

17

University of Manchester

17=

University of Southampton

19

University of Glasgow

20

King’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 Nottingham

158

20

University of Leeds

160

 

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