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Top Universities in the UK 2020


The UK has always been attractive and more famous for its quality of education. Because of having the world’s best universities like the University of Oxford, Cambridge, and many more. So, let us see which are the top universities in the UK.

So, here I have listed the top 10 universities in the UK considering each factor such as standard of education, placement, fees, etc. that one should consider when it comes to career.

What are we going to see?

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. Imperial College London
  4. University College London
  5. London School of Economics and Political Science 
  6. University of Edinburgh
  7. University of Manchester
  8. King’s College London 
  9. University of Bristol 
  10. University of Warwick   
  11. Conclusion
  12. FAQs

1. University of Oxford

So, here the university of Oxford is the number one university. This university is one of the oldest universities in the world.

Because of its world-class education and future opportunities, it attracts all the scholars of the world. However, to get into this university is difficult as its acceptance rate is only 17.5%.

Moreover, oxford offers many different programs such as it offers joint honors undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and many more.

In total around more than 250 programs offered by these universities. There is one program which is a combination of Philosophy, Politics, Economics. Therefore, this program is popular all over the world.

In addition to this college is also famous for the collection of libraries. It is estimated that there are 100 libraries in the university. Many of them are very old and prestigious.

Furthermore, this university is also famous for its alumni. Including more than 25 British prime ministers, Indira Gandhi, and more than 120 Olympic medalists and many more in the list.

So, because of these reasons, this university has been in the top position in the list of top universities in the UK by QS ranking.

2. University of Cambridge

Cambridge is also one of the most popular and oldest universities in the world like oxford. It has more than 100 academic departments and there are around 13 colleges with 9000 staff.

This university’s specialty is in mathematics, many scientists and mathematicians have studied from this university. Moreover, outstanding politicians, actors, biologist Charles Darwin and actor actress Olivia Colman have also graduated from this university.

Moreover, the Cambridge library is one of the oldest libraries in the world. It is more famous for its collection of medieval manuscripts and museums collection of archaeological artifacts.

Besides, getting into this college is very difficult as the acceptance rate is less than 25%. Moreover, you should have a minimum SAT score is 1470 and should have at least a 3.7 GPA on the 4.0 scale.

3.   Imperial College London

Imperial College London is one of the most prestigious colleges in terms of its streams like science, technology, engineering, medicine, and business.

This college was established in 1907 and its main campus located in South Kensington. Moreover, there are more than 50% of the students are from outside of the UK and from more than 140 countries.

Imperial College has had reputation in terms of science and technology. Moreover, it ranks 23rd in the world when it comes to having academic reputation.

To get into this college is not easy, its acceptance rate is around 14% and it requires high academic score and UCAS points. It can be estimated from the past that you should have an overall 38 to 39 points to increase your chance to be qualified.

It has many famous alumni including author H.G. Wells and Sri Liam Donaldson, Rajiv Gandhi, Brian may, etc.

4.   University College London

University College London is also known by London’s global university which was established in 1826. This university is the first college to be established in London and secular to accept students from different religions.

UCL is the third largest college in the United Kingdom in terms of total enrollment and post graduates enrollment.

Furthermore, this college is more famous for the kind of programs it offers. Such as Anthropology, Geography, Arts & Humanities, Psychology, Anatomy, Pharmacy, Life Sciences, Medicine, and Dentistry are world-famous.

Nearly half of the students come from outside the UK and getting graduates from this college. The acceptance rate of this college is only 7%.

Moreover, most of the degrees of UCL require AAA grades with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on the 4.0 scale.

Many alumni such as scientist alexander graham bell, filmmaker Christopher Nolan, Chris Martin, and many more have graduated from this university.

5. London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of economics and political science which is one of the best and reputed universities in the world. It was found in 1895 and joined the University of London in 1900.

Moreover, The number of international students comes to this college is highest among all the other universities in the UK and that is around 70%.

The university is particularly focussing on economics, law, history, philosophy, and politics. Additionally, It has currently around 27 departments such as the department of accounting, department of anthropology, department of finance, etc.

Moreover, it is highly competitive to get into this university as the acceptance rate is only 9%.

To get admission to this college, you need to have AA academics grades. And for an undergraduate course, you have to appear entrance exam which is the undergraduate Admissions Assessment (UGAA) with a good score.

6. University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh was established in 1582 and one of the oldest universities in the world. It ranked 20th position in the world university ranking by QS.

It has main five campuses and most of them are old buildings. Moreover, this university is made up of three colleges such as humanities and social science engineering and medicine and veterinary medicine.

Moreover, to study at this university is a bit expensive as compare to other universities in the UK. However, it offers different kinds of scholarships to international and domestic students who are not financially strong.

This college is one of the best colleges in terms of the quality of the standard of education. However, to get into this college is not as hard as another university. Entry requirements are not too much difficult.

You should have a good point in UCAS and if your grades are not as much as required, your chances are still there as long as you are appropriate for the degree.

7.University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is one of the historic and old public research universities. It was established in 2004 and it has been ranked 27th of QS world ranking in 2020.

To get in this university is not too much difficult if you have a good score in UGAA and moderate academic grade as its acceptance rate is around 59% which is not too much competition as compare to other universities in the UK.

Moreover, it has a very big campus around 70 areas of academic study and brilliant faculty. This university has around more than 10,000 faculty and 40,000 students. Therefore, this the second-largest university in the UK.

In addition to this, it provides many extra curriculum activities to students such as table tennis, football, robotics, and many more which can be useful for the overall development of the student.

8. King’s College London

King’s College is one of the oldest and prestigious colleges in the world. It was established in 1829 and had been ranked 33rd position of world ranking according to the QS world ranking.

This college has four campuses in which one historic strand campus in central London and others are Thames side campuses.

This college is also known for its development and advances in modern life such as introducing the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of mobile phones, radar, and television.

Moreover, its acceptance rate is around 13% which not too much competitive as thousands of students want to study at this university.

However, if you have capability i.e. if your academic score and UCAS points are satisfying required grades then you are more likely to get admission to this college.  

Additionally, you need to pass IELTS with 6.5 score (and not less than 6 in each). And in TOEFL you should have 583 with 53 in each module.

9. University of Bristol

The University of Bristol founded is one of the oldest and prestigious colleges which was founded in 1876. This college has ranked 49th in QS world ranking 2020.

It has around six faculty such as faculty of arts, faculty of engineering, faculty of life sciences, faculty of science, faculty of health science, and faculty of social sciences and law which is categorized by its number of schools and departments.

Furthermore, the living expense of this city Bristol is very less than other cities in the UK. Moreover, it is one of the safest cities in the UK too.

The acceptance rate of this college is around 59%. however, it is very competitive and much difficult to get into this college. You should have an AA academic grade and at least 485 UCAS points to be able to get qualified.

In addition to this Bristol offers almost every course whether you want to go to music, or musician, singing, dancing, etc. It offers more than 200-degree courses with 75 study programs.

10. University of Warwick

The University of Warwick was established in 1965 by the government. It has been ranked in 54th in the 2019 QS world university ranking.

The University of Warwick is most famous for its library which is very vast and has around 1,265,000 books and more than 13 km of archives and manuscripts. Moreover, it has 32 departments and around 2490 academics and research staff.

Moreover, The campus of this institute is spreader in 720 acres. Additionally, it offers many courses in different streams such as science, arts, engineering, medicine, and social science. However, this college is more popular for its business and law courses.

The acceptance rate of this college is 15.8% which is very competitive to get into this college. Moreover, you should have at least 478 UCAS points as well as good academic grades GPA should be around AA grade.

Further, there are many alumni of this college including Carrie Symonds, Rajiv Bajaj, Tomas Patrick, Stephen Merchant and many more on the list.


In conclusion, these were the top 10 best universities in the UK in terms of quality of education and future scope.

There are also many universities are there in the UK which is also excellent. So if you have any questions regarding anything about universities and educations, please let me know in the comment section below.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How many universities are there in the UK?

There are around 150 colleges and universities as of now.

Is UK or US universities better?

It depends on the universities and education system. If you see top universities in the world then the US is at the top. However, the standard of UK education is higher than in the US.

Which is the number one university in the world?

As QS world ranking, MIT is the world’s number one university in the world followed by Stanford and Harvard which are second and third places, respectively.

Which is the cheapest university in the UK?

The University of Cambria is the cheapest one followed by the University of Boston.

Which city has the most students in the UK?

Newcastle, Liverpool, and Sheffield are the cities that have the most students among other cities.



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