In terms of higher education and popularity among international students, the UK lags only behind the US. The universities in the UK have strong global reputations.
While choosing your dream university to study in the UK, rankings are one of the important factors to consider. The following is a list of the best universities in the UK according to the "The Complete University Guide". Some of the factors considered for rankings these colleges are student satisfaction, student staff ratio, research quality, facilities, total intake, and others.
University of Cambridge
- The university was founded in 1209.
- Cambridge has produced 89 Nobel Prize winners.
- The university has one of the highest levels of graduate employment in the UK.
University of Oxford
- Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Teaching has been taking place in Oxford since 1096.
- Oxford has a world-class reputation for academic excellence and courses have an academic rather than vocational focus.
- Many Oxford academics are international experts in their chosen fields in all disciplines of the sciences and arts.
The London School of Economics
- Founded in 1895 to specialise in the advanced study of the social sciences.
- LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. The School has one of the largest concentrations of applied economic, financial and social researchers in the world.
University of St Andrews
- Founded in 1413 it is the oldest university in Scotland.
- It has one of the highest completion rates in the UK.
- Established in 1832, Durham University is England's third oldest Higher Education Institute after Oxford and Cambridge.
- Durham attracts the high quality students, bucking the trends for recruitment in areas such as Modern Languages, Business and Biological & Biomedical Sciences.
Imperial College London
- Imperial College London was established in 1907.
- It is amongst the top tier of scientific, engineering and medical research and teaching institutions in the world.
- It pays particular regard to the practical application of science, engineering and medicine in industry, commerce and healthcare.
University of Warwick
- The University was established in 1964.
- Strong research-teaching links including opportunities for undergraduates to carry out cutting-edge research projects.
University of Bath
- The University received its Royal Charter in 1966.
- Humanities, Education, Engineering and Design, Health, Management, Science and Social Sciences.
- Bath has an excellent record of supporting students to successful completion of their courses (retention) and employment (graduate destinations).
University College London
- Founded in 1826, it is England's third oldest university.
- High-quality research is key in undergraduate teaching - the most up-to-date research discoveries, developments and ideas are incorporated into programmes.
- Over 100 UCL undergraduate degree programmes include study abroad as an integral part of the curriculum.
University of Exeter
- Originally founded in 1855; Royal Charter Granted in 1955.
- Nearly 90% of Exeter's research was rated as being at internationally recognised levels in the latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise.
- Sixteen subjects were ranked in the top ten, with 27 in the top 20 (based on percentage of research categorised as internationally excellent or world leading).