The Best Universities in the UK

Why is it more important than ever to know what are the best universities in the UK?

With more and more young people attending university, the choice of university is becoming increasingly important.

According to UCAS data, in 2015 around 235,000 18 year olds accepted a full-time place at university.

With increasing competition for high achieving candidates, it is vital to know which universities in the UK offer you the best chance of entry and a degree that will stand out to prospective employers.

So, what are the best universities in the UK?

The following list reveals the best universities in the UK according to the Times Higher Education.


5.   London School of Economics and Political Science


The fifth ranked university in the UK, is the London School of Economics and Political Science (L.S.E) which has the highest proportion of international students.

With a worldwide reputation of excellence in law, economics, history, philosophy and politics; LSE generally accepts only candidates of the highest calibre.

Famous alumni include P.J. Patterson, Michael Manley, Ed Miliband, Baron Saatchi, Monica Lewinsky, Cherie Blair QC, Mick Jagger.


4.   University College London


University College London is one of the most selective Universities in the UK.  Close to half of all UCL students are from outside the UK, with significantly more from Asia than from continental Europe

Famous alumni include Alexander Graham Bell, Sir William Jenner, Lord Joseph Lister, Jomo Kenyatta, Junichiro Koizumi, Mahatma Gandhi, Baroness Patricia Scotland, Felix Dexter, Ricky Gervais, Raj Persaud, Chris Martin & Coldplay.


3.   Imperial College London


Ranked #3 in UK and #8 in the world Imperial College is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world for science, technology, engineering, medicine and business.

Famous alumni include Sir Alexander Fleming, Rajiv Gandhi, Chi Onwurah MP, Danny Lui, H. G. Wells, Jessica Hester Hsuan (aka Suen Huen), H. G. Wells and Brian May.


2.   University of Cambridge


Ranked #2 in the UK and #4 in the world, getting a place as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge is extremely competitive with an acceptance rate of less than 25%.

Cambridge is renowned for its excellence in mathematics and has educated some of the most famous British scientists throughout history such as Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing, Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.

Other famous alumni include Prince Charles, , David Attenborough, John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Naomie Harris and Tom Hiddleston.


1. University of Oxford


Oxford is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Not only was Oxford the best university in the UK, it was rated the best university in the world for 2016.

Entry standards are high and admissions are very competitive. However, 95% of Oxford students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating from the university.

Over 30 world leaders, 26 British prime ministers and 26 Nobel prize-winners have attended the University of Oxford.

Famous alumni include Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, JRR Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

Visit the Times Higher Education to view the full list of the best universities in the UK.