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The Top 10 Best Universities in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has some of the most prestigious schools in the world. After the United States, it probably has the most entries in various university global rankings. Here is a list of the top 1

The United Kingdom has some of the most prestigious schools in the world. After the

United States, it probably has the most entries in various university global rankings.

Here is a list of the top 10 best universities in the United Kingdom as determined by

“The Complete University Guide.”

10 University of Bath

The University of Bath started out as the Bristol Trade School in 1856. After

becoming part of the Society of Merchant Venturers, the school was renamed as the

Merchant Venturers’ Technical College. In 1907, the Bath School of Pharmacy was

established, becoming part of the Technical College in 1929. It was placed under the

Bristol Education Authority in 1949 and was subsequently named the Bristol College

of Technology. It became the Bristol College of Science and Technology in 1960. In

1963, it attained university status. A royal charter was granted in 1966, paving the

way for the University of Bath.

9 University of Lancaster

The University of Lancaster is a research school based in Lancashire. It was

established after a royal charter was granted in 1964. It is one of the members of

the N8 Group of research universities. It prides itself with its high research quality

as performed by its faculty members who also provide centralized lectures to the

students.

8 University College London

University College London is a research university and is the oldest and largest

college of the University of London. It was established in 1826 and became one

of the founding colleges of the University of London a decade later. It was the first

school founded in London, the first one established on a secular basis, the first to

admit students regardless of religion and the first to accept women on equal terms

as men. It is considered as one of the golden triangle of British universities. It boasts

of 26 Nobel Prize laureates among its alumni and staff.

7 University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is a research university based in Coventry. It was

established in 1965 as part of the government’s initiative at that time to expand

access of the people to higher institutions of learning. It has a strong research

program and extensive links with the industry. It has never ranked outside the

top 10 of any British rankings, an honor it shares with Oxford, Cambridge and the

London School of Economics. It is considered to be one of the top universities whose

graduates are targeted by employers.

6 University of St. Andrews

The University of St. Andrews is a research university located in Fife in Scotland.

It was established between 1410 and 1413 as a result of a Papal Bull issued to a group       of Augustinian clergy. It is one of the four ancient universities in Scotland. It features a strong Physics and Astronomy program that ranks second next to Cambridge. It also has a high-quality Arts and Humanities program. It has the highest student satisfaction of students among all universities in Scotland.

5 University of Durham

The University of Durham is a research university established by an Act of

Parliament in 1832. It was granted a royal charter five years later. It is one of the

oldest universities in England. It is considered as a leading alternative to Oxford and

Cambridge. It also has the second highest proportion of privately educated students

in England. It is a member of the Russell Group, the N8 Research Partnership,

the Matariki Network of Universities and the Faith and Globalisation Network of

Universities. It boasts of professors who are fellows in the Royal Society, British

Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering and the

Academy of Medical Sciences.

4 Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a research university whose full name is The Imperial

College of Science, Technology and Medicine. It was established in 1907 and

used to be part of the University of London before it became independent during its

centennial year. It is considered a major center of biomedical research. It boasts of

14 winners of the Nobel Prize, as well as two winners of the Fields Medal. It is also

considered as one of the golden triangle of British universities.

3 University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is considered as the oldest university in the English-

speaking world and the second oldest surviving university in the world after the

University of Bologna. It was established in 1096, but it experienced a boom in 1167

after King Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.

It has produced 26 Prime Ministers, 30 international leaders, 11 Nobel chemistry

winners, five Nobel physics awardees, 16 Nobel medicine laureates and 12 saints. It

has famous and notable alumni in different fields and specializations.

2 London School of Economics

The London School of Economics is a research university that specializes in the

social sciences. It was founded in 1895 and is a constituent college of the University

of London. It is one of the most selective universities in the world and one of

the lowest admission rates of any university in the United Kingdom. The student

body comes from all corners of the globe, even once outnumbering the number

of countries in the United Nations. Its library, called the British Library of Political

and Economic Science, is the largest of its kind in the world with over 4.7 million

volumes. It has produced 16 winners of the Nobel Prize, 34 world leaders and

several Pulitzer Prize awardees.

1 University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is a research university considered as the second

oldest university in the English-speaking world and the third-oldest surviving

university in the world. It was established in 1209 after scholars left Oxford as a

result of a dispute with the local townsfolk. It has produced the most number of

graduates to win a Nobel Prize with 65 . It is a member of the International Alliance of

Research Universities and the League of European Research Universities. It is one

of the golden triangle of British universities.

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