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10 Top-Ranked British Universities. Which Are the Best of the Best?

UK Universities have always been recognized for the world-class education and unparalleled research environment they offer. Many other countries have tried to mimic this system for decades, and millions of students from all around the world have dream of attending a British university.

In the continuation, you will find a list of top 10 British universities with their key features.

1. University of Cambridge


University of Cambridge

With its constant reputation as one of the best universities in the world, this institution has to hold the top position in this list. Formed in the early 13th century, the University of Cambridge is an epitome of prominence, tradition, and academic innovation. Since 1904, 89 affiliates of this university have been honored with the Nobel Prize.

2. London School of Economics and Political Science


London School of Economics and Political Science

In addition to economics and political science courses, this school also covers a wide range of social science niches, classified within 19 departments. The London vibe of this institution is a huge factor of appeal. John F. Kennedy, Mick Jagger, and Anthony Giddens are worth to mention as three of the many prominent alumni.

3. Imperial College London


Imperial College London

The Faculty of Medicine, which functions as an integral part of the Imperial College London, is one of the most reputable schools of medicine in the world. The other three faculties are Business and Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Engineering. The distinguished members of this institution include two field medallists and 14 Nobel laureates.

4. University of Oxford


University of Oxford

Although Oxford is currently ranked in 8th place when it comes to quality of student life, the institution still maintains its reputation with its prolific system that has launched some of the greatest politicians, scientists, thinkers, and writers in history. David Cameron, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher are three of the 26 British prime ministers who have obtained degrees from this university.

5. University of St Andrews


University of St Andrews

This is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and the first university formed in Scotland. With over 600 degree combinations offered within 4 faculties and 18 academic schools, this is one of the most versatile institutions that enable students to explore more opportunities. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have both attended this school.

6. University of Bath


University of Bath

This university holds the second place in the results from the University Quality of Student Life Survey. The beautiful campus depicts the overall peaceful charm of the city of Bath. The most popular programmes are Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, and Business Administration. The National Union of Students has recognized this university's Students' Union as one of the top three in the UK.

7. University of Warwick


University of Warwick

As one of the leading research universities in the UK, Warwick is attractive for students with tendencies towards theoretical, class-based learning. The impressive library holds over 13km of manuscripts and archives, and more than 1.2 million books. This is one of the most competitive educational institutions in the world, with an average of seven applicants for each place.

8. Durham University


Durham University

This university, which operates on a collegiate system, offers a full range of traditional academic courses classified within three facilities (Science, Social Science and Health, and Arts and Humanities) and 25 academic schools and departments. This was the first university to establish campuses overseas - in Barbados and Sierra Leone, in 1875 and 1876 respectively.

9. London's Global University


London's Global University

This school was founded in 1826 with the purpose to offer university education to people who had been excluded from it. This was the first university in England that started admitting women on equal terms with men (in 1878). In terms of research strength, this is the top-ranked university according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

10. University of Exeter


University of Exeter

The School of Art is the oldest department of this university, established in 1855. The latest development is the independent Medical School, which offers a research-intensive environment and world-class technology. JK Rowling attended this university and was inspired by its professors for some of the characters in her books.



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