Overview of British Education: According to The Times Higher Education Global University Rankings 2019, this UK university ranking shows 98 of the UK’s best universities and colleges.
Oxford University and Cambridge University are ranked in the top two. About 20 are located in London, including well-known institutions such as Imperial College London and University College London, and newly established universities such as the University of Westminster and University of Greenwich.
There are four universities in Scotland that make the top 25: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St Andrews. The best university in Wales is Cardiff University, ranked 28th.
The best university in Northern Ireland’s ranking is Queen’s University of Belfast.
Famous Universities to Study in the UK
☆First place: University of Oxford
Oxford University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Its 44 colleges attract top scholars and students to study here. Oxford University has high admission standards and fierce competition for admissions; on average, 5 applications will be received for each student place. As is common in the UK, the University of Oxford offers a range of joint honours courses that combine two undergraduate courses.
There are a total of 250 undergraduate degree portfolios. The combination of philosophy, politics, and economics is a particularly well-known degree program, although it is no longer unique to Oxford.
Undergraduate and graduate students belong to the college and usually live in the college building or college-owned dormitory.
Social life and recreational activities, such as boating, cultural events and society, also surround the college. Undergraduate students are taught almost exclusively by college mentors, while postgraduate academic services are provided primarily by central faculty.
Oxford University has more than 100 libraries, the most famous of which is the Bodleian Library, built in 1602. The city also has many museums, including the University of Oxford Natural History Museum and the Science Museum of History.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History (collects the remains of a Dodo, and the Museum of Science History displays a blackboard used by Einstein.
Oxford University has trained more than 30 world leaders, 27 British Prime Ministers, 29 Nobel Laureates and 160 Olympic Medalists.
Stephen Hawking, Hugh Grant and Indira Gandhi are the most famous alumni.
Within 6 months of graduating from the University of Oxford, 95% of students have found employment or continued their studies.
☆Second place: University of Cambridge
Like Oxford, Cambridge is essentially a college-style university and one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. O
nly an hour away from London.
The school has more than 18,000 students and more than 9,000 faculty and staff. There are 31 colleges and more than 100 faculties, some of which date back to the 13th century.
Cambridge University is known for its mathematics and has cultivated some of the most famous British scientists. There are 116 Nobel Prize winners at the University of Cambridge, and mathematicians at the University of Cambridge have won 11 Fields awards.
The competition to obtain an undergraduate degree at a university is extremely fierce; the acceptance rate is less than 25%, and more than half of the rejected candidates get an A in all final exams.
Undergraduates are taught through lectures and supervision-this intimate tutoring can only be done with a few other students at most. The workload is heavy, but the semester is shorter than many other universities in the UK.
The Cambridge Library has a large collection of medieval manuscripts, while the University Museum has a large collection of archeological artifacts and fauna. Notable graduates include actors, politicians, royalty, athletes and cultural celebrities.
☆Third place: Imperial College London
Imperial College London has consistently ranked among the world’s top universities in science, technology, engineering , medicine and business.
The merger of three colleges in London in 1907 now has 15,200 students and 8,000 employees. The student team is very international and consists of students from more than 125 countries.
In addition to top scientists, Fields and Nobel laureates, Imperial College also produces influential government consultants and policy makers. Many graduates continue to make breakthrough innovations in the industrial and commercial fields, sought after by blue chip companies and startups.
Imperial College is located next to Kensington Palace in Kensington and Chelsea, and there are other campuses around the city.
The author of the book, H.G. Wells, and Sir Liam Donaldson, the treating doctor of Queen Elizabeth, are both well-known alumni of Imperial College.
☆Fourth place: University College London
University College London is the first university in the UK to admit students regardless of class, race or religion, and it is also the first university to admit students equally on the basis of the educational philosophy of the university’s “spirit founder” Jeremy Bentham.
It is one of the most discerning universities in the UK, producing some of the most employable graduates.
The main campus of University College London is in Bloomsbury, in central London.
In terms of undergraduate admissions, applicants in all subjects studied in the higher international bachelor’s degree courses generally have grade A grades at grade A or equivalent to grades 6, 6, and 6. The most competitive degrees are Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, with 30 applicants for each degree.
Nearly half of the students at University College London come from countries outside the UK, with significantly more Asian students than Continental European students. Notable alumni include Mahatma Gandhi; Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the phone; and Chris Martin of the Coldplay team, who met other members of the band in college.
☆⁹Fifth place: London School of Economics and Political Science
Of all British universities, the London School of Economics has the highest proportion of international students at 70%.
This university has unique advantages in law, economics, history, philosophy and politics. Currently, 26% of all Nobel Prizes in economics are awarded to alumni or affiliates of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Notably, economic theorists at the London School of Economics have long argued with Cambridge theorists, especially in solving socio-economic problems.
The campus of the London School of Economics and Political Science is located in the Clare Market area, close to important institutions such as the Royal Courts of Justice, Lincoln College of Law, the Royal College of Surgeons and the British Museum.
In 2014, the school received 17,000 applications, but only 1,500 enrollment places. Like other top universities in the UK, the London School of Economics and Political Science usually requires students to meet A-level or higher entry standards.
Many graduate programs, such as economics, management, and law , have an admission rate of less than 7%.
Well-known cultural, political, and academic figures, including Nelson Mandela and George Soros, have given public lectures at the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of the school’s famous series of lectures.
BR Ambedkar, the principal designer of the Indian Constitution, was a doctoral student at the London School of Economics and Political Science while studying law at the Gray’s Law School in London.