UK universities have made another huge impression on global higher education following the publication of the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Judged across a range of metrics including teaching, research and international outlook, the ranking is considered one of the most trusted when it comes to helping international students decide where to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the UK.
Learn more about the best universities in the UK and the world below. If you want to study in the UK, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK London today.
Top Five UK Universities in THE World Rankings 2021
1. University of Oxford
- Global rank: 1st
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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking and is made up of 38 independent colleges and 6 permanent private halls. Like many universities in this ranking, Oxford is a member of the Russell Group of research-led British universities, and students benefit from weekly one-to-one tutorials where undergraduates will spend an hour with an expert in their field.
2. University of Cambridge
- Global rank: 6th
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The University of Cambridge is the traditional Oxbridge rival of Oxford and is also a collegiate university, meaning there is no central campus, but a group of 31 self-governing colleges. The University has produced 89 Nobel winners to date, more than any other UK university and the whole of France!
3. Imperial College London
- Global rank: 11th
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Imperial College London is the top London university in the ranking and is the only UK university which focuses solely on science, engineering, business and medicine. In 2018, Times Higher Education also named Imperial as the UK's most international university for the third year in a row.
4. University College London
- Global rank: 16th
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University College London is part of the University of London and is considered a world-leader in research. Around 90% of UCL graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduating (HESA 2017) and there has been at least one Nobel Laureate from the UCL community every decade since the establishment of the prizes in 1901.
5. London School of Economics and Political Science
- Global rank: 27th
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The London School of Economics and Political Science is a world class centre for research who welcome international students from over 140 countries every year. Entry is competitive, but students are rewarded with excellent facilities, teaching methods and high graduate employment rates.
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