The UK Education and Qualification

The UK has grown to become one of the top destinations to study around the world. With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions at every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer.

UK universities provide internationally - recognised qualifications of the highest standard. They also offer more opportunities than ever before: there are currently over 60,000 postgraduate taught courses and research opportunities to choose from. The quality of UK degrees is one reason why so many people come to the UK to study. Another is value for money. Unlike the equivalent programmes in the United States or Australia, most UK Masters programmes can be completed in one year.

You can also save a lot of money because your degree will generally take less time to complete in the UK than in other countries. Although four-year programs are increasing in popularity, most degree programs in the UK require a three-year course and a masters program is typically between one and two years. When you consider the shorter timeframe, the cost will be much lower if you only have to plan for three years instead of four or even five as in many other countries.

List of the UK universities and institutes by Subject

The UK universities' ranking 2009

The best universities in the UK according to The Times Newspaper - the most widely recognised of all the British University Rankings.


Rank University
1 Oxford University
2 Cambridge University
3 Imperial College London
4 London School of Economics
5 University of St Andrews
6 The University of Warwick
7 University College London
8 The University of Durham
9 University of York
10 University of Bristol
11 King's College London
12 Loughborough University
13 University of Exeter
14 University of Leicester
15 University of Bath
16 The University of Nottingham
=16 University of Southampton
18 The University of Edinburgh
19 Lancaster University
20 University of Newcastle
=20 University of Glasgow
22 The University of Sheffield
23 University of East Anglia
24 School of Oriental and African Studies
25 The University of Birmingham
26 The University of Aberdeen
27 The University of Manchester
28 Aston University
29 Cardiff University
30 Royal Holloway, University of London
31 University of Leeds
=31 The University of Reading
=31 Queen's University Belfast
34 The University of Liverpool
35 The University of Strathclyde
36 The University of Kent
37 Queen Mary, University of London
38 University of Sussex
39 University of Surrey
40 The University of Stirling
41 Keele University
42 The University of Essex
43 Aberystwyth University
44 University of Dundee
45 The University of Hull
46 Goldsmiths, University of London
47 Heriot-Watt University
48 Swansea University
49 The University of Bradford
50 City University London
51 Bangor University
52 Brunel University
53 University of Ulster
54 The Robert Gordon University
55 Oxford Brookes University
56 The Nottingham Trent University
57 Bournemouth University
58 University of Gloucestershire
59 University of Chichester
60 University of Brighton
61 University of Portsmouth
62 University of Plymouth
63 University of Central Lancashire
64 Napier University
65 University of the West of England, Bristol
66 The University of Winchester
67 Staffordshire University
68 Glasgow Caledonian University
=68 Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
70 The University of Wales, Lampeter
71 Birmingham City University
72 Bath Spa University
73 University of Northumbria at Newcastle
74 Coventry University
75 University of the Arts, London
76 Sheffield Hallam University
77 University of Glamorgan
=77 De Montfort University
79 University of Hertfordshire
80 Canterbury Christ Church University
81 University College Worcester
82 University of Sunderland
83 The University of Salford
84 University College Northampton
85 UWIC, Cardiff
86 Roehampton University
=86 University of Chester
88 University of Teesside
89 University of Bedfordshire
90 The University of Huddersfield
91 York St John University
92 Manchester Metropolitan University
93 Kingston University
94 Liverpool John Moores University
95 University of Derby
96 UWCN, Newport
97 Southampton Solent University
98 Edge Hill University
99 University of Cumbria
100 University of Abertay Dundee
101 Leeds Metropolitan University
=101 University of Westminster
103 University of the West of Scotland
=103 The University of Lincoln
105 Middlesex University
106 Anglia Ruskin University
107 University of Wolverhampton
108 Bucks New University
109 The University of East London
110 University of Greenwich
111 University of Bolton
112 Thames Valley University
113 London South Bank

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