The United Kingdom has a world-famous higher education system and a large range of degree programmes, making it a very popular destination to study in. So, it’s no surprise that British universities are some of the highest ranking in the world.
But how do you choose the best university to study your PhD at?
It’s not always as straightforward as you might think but you can start by looking at the rankings. These tell you which UK universities are the most internationally respected and renowned.
|University||THE 2021||QS 2021||ARWU 2020|
|University of Oxford||1||5||9|
|University of Cambridge||6||7||3|
|Imperial College London||11||8||25|
|London School of Economics and Political Science||27||49||151-200|
|University of Edinburgh||30||20||42|
|King's College London||35||=31||47|
|University of Manchester||=51||=27||36|
|University of Warwick||77||62||101-150|
|University of Bristol||91||58||64|
|University of Glasgow||=92||=77||151-200|
|University of Birmingham||=107||87||101-150|
|Queen Mary University of London||110||=114||201-300|
|University of Sheffield||=121||=93||101-150|
|University of Southampton||=127||90||101-150|
|University of York||=133||=150||201-300|
|University of Nottingham||=158||99||101-150|
|University of Leeds||=160||91||101-150|
|Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.|
The short answer is: very good! With 11 universities in the top 100 THE ranking, the UK has more top-ranked universities than any other European country.
In fact, the only other country to beat the UK globally is the USA. But, unlike the USA, all the UK’s top universities are publicly funded, reflecting their substantial investment in higher education.
Here we’ve given a brief introduction to university rankings. For a more detailed overview of how the system works and how to get the best out of it, check our guide to PhD rankings.
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Last updated - 27/04/2020