UK University Rankings

Every year the Times Educational Supplement, or TES, produces rankings for the best universities, both in the UK and around the world. It is regarded as one of the world’s most reliable ranking systems, and is audited independently by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

The methodology includes:

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence);
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer)

The South of England dominates the list, with all of the top five institutions coming from that region.


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

Why study in the UK?

The UK is a bastion of academic thought, with its universities consistently ranking among the best in the world. Currently four institutions are in the world’s top ten and British qualifications are internationally recognised and respected.

Many universities have traditions of academic excellence going back hundreds of years. Indeed, walking around Oxford, Cambridge or Durham can be like breathing in history.

As the homeland of the English language, the UK is the ideal place to develop your ability in the world’s international language both inside and outside of the classroom.

Britain acts as a gateway to Europe, and with low cost airlines providing flights as cheap as £20 return to many European cities, it can be the perfect base to explore the continent.