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UK University Rankings

When considering spending your time and money on a postgraduate qualification it is important to know you’re spending money on something that’s worth it. You may have read our blog articles and found a few Universities that you like, but want to see where an institution ranks before applying to it.

We’ve included a comparison table below with a list of universities in UK to show two of the most popular UK University Ranking tables, The Times Good University Guide and The Guardian University Guide so you can find out what the best universities in the UK are.

What do the University Rankings Measure?

  • Student Satisfaction
  • Staff Student Ratio
  • Expenditure / Spend per student
  • Entry requirements (undergraduate level)
  • Research Quality
  • Students career prospects
  • Number of International Students

The exact methodology used to determine the importance of each metric isn’t clear. There are also many factors that league tables do not acknowledge. It is partly for this reason, along with doubts about their methodologies and the difference in position of an institution across different rankings that has drawn a lot of criticism to this approach to comparing institutions.

Why do University Rankings Matter?

Generally, the higher the position of your chosen institution on the table below the better this will look in the eye of your future employer. We strongly recommend that at postgraduate level you should put a greater weighting on the performance of a particular department/school rather than an institution. Find out more about postgraduate faculties. For example, whilst we know that Oxford and Cambridge offer a world class education,  there are universities more distinguished in fields such as Sports Science or Creative Arts.

What next?

Once you’ve seen the overall league table we suggest you take a look at our A-Z of institutions page where you can click straight through to an institution’s profile. subject directories to get a better idea of institutions that perform well in your chosen field and then find postgraduate courses in this area with our course search facility. Make sure you try to attend a University open day before applying, in order to get a better feel for an institution.

RankThe GuardianThe Times Good University Guide
1CambridgeCambridge
2OxfordOxford
3London School of EconomicsLondon School of Economics and Political Science
4St AndrewsSt Andrews
5UCLImperial College
6DurhamDurham
7BathBath
8SurreyExeter
9Imperial CollegeUCL
10WarwickWarwick
11LancasterYork
12ExeterSurrey (Joint 12)
13LeicesterLancaster (Joint 12)
14LoughboroughLeicester
15BirminghamBristol
16YorkBirmingham
17UEAUEA
18Heriot-WattNewcastle (Joint 18)
19EdinburghSheffield (Joint 18)
20KentSouthampton
21GlasgowLoughborough
22SOASEdinburgh
23BristolNottingham
24SouthamptonSOAS
25BuckinghamGlasgow
26StrathclydeManchester
27NewcastleKing’s College
28NottinghamRoyal Holloway
29CardiffAston (Joint 29)
30AstonQueen’s University, Belfast (Joint 29)
31ManchesterLeeds (Joint 29)
32King’s College LondonSussex
33CoventryCardiff (Joint 33)
34LeedsKent (Joint 33)
35Oxford BrookesReading
36Queen MaryLiverpool
37CityQueen Mary, London
38ReadingHeriot-Watt
39Royal Holloway (Joint 38)Essex
40Sheffield (Joint 38)Aberdeen
41DundeeBuckingham
42HuddersfieldStrathclyde
43AberdeenCity
44BrunelKeele
45KeeleCoventry
46ChesterBrunel
47NorthamptonSwansea
48Portsmouth (Joint 48)Goldsmiths College
49Queen’s Belfast (Joint 48)Dundee
50SussexOxford Brookes
51GoldsmithsStirling
52BournemouthRobert Gordon (Joint 52)
53University of the Arts LondonChester (Joint 52)
54LiverpoolArts University Bournemouth (Joint 52)
55Robert GordonPortsmouth
56Lincoln (Joint 56)Bangor
57Stirling (Joint 56)Winchester (Joint 57)
58NorthumbriaLincoln (Joint 57)
59PlymouthNorthampton
60SwanseaUniversity of West England
61Birmingham CityNottingham Trent
62HullNorthumbria
63EssexHull
64UWE BristolHarper Adams (Joint 64)
65SunderlandYork St John (Joint 64)
66WinchesterHuddersfield
67Anglia RuskinBournemouth
68BrightonChichester
69Liverpool John MooresEdge Hill
70Edge Hill (Joint 70)Bath Spa
71Greenwhich (Joint 70)University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth (Joint 71)
72Sheffield HallamQueen Margaret University, Edinburgh (Joint 71)
73Nottingham TrentNewman University, Birmingham (Joint 73)
74BangorPlymouth (Joint 73)
75TeessideUlster (Joint 73)
76FalmouthBrighton
77ChichesterFalmouth (Joint 77)
78Bath SpaSheffield Hallam (Joint 77)
79DerbyUniversity of the Arts London (Joint 77)
80GloucestershireRoehampton
81Queen MargaretGlasgow Caledonian
82HertfordshireAberystwyth
83De MontfortLiverpool John Moores
84West LondonBradford (Joint 84)
85Edinburgh Napier (Joint 85)Derby (Joint 84)
86Salford (Joint 85)De Montfort
87Central LancashireCardiff Met
88AberystwythCentral Lancashire
89St Mary’s UC, TwickenhamManchester Met
90BradfordCanterbury Christ
91Newman UniversityGloucestershire (Joint 91)
92StaffordshireBirmingham City University (Joint 91)
93Manchester MetTeesside
94York St JohnMiddlesex
95WorcesterCumbria
96Glasgow CaledonianSunderland (Joint 96)
97UlsterHertfordshire (Joint 96)
98UC SuffolkSalford
99WestminsterUniversity for the Creative Arts
100KingstonEdinburgh Napier
101St Mark and St John (Joint 101)Greenwich
102Roehampton (Joint 101)Worcester
103MiddlesexLeeds Met
104Canterbury Christ ChurchLeeds Trinity
105Cardiff Met (Joint 105)Abertay Dundee
106West of Scotland (Joint 105)Westminster (Joint 106)
107Leeds MetBishop Grosseteste (Joint 106)
108GlyndwrStaffordshire
109CumbriaGlyndwr
110BedfordshireAnglia Ruskin
111Leeds Trinity (Joint 111)Kingston
112Southampton (Joint 111)West London
113London South BankBuckinghamshire New University
114Abertay DundeeSouthampton Solent
115BoltonBedforshire
116London MetUniversity of the Highlands and Islands
117East London (Joint 117)West Scotland
118Trinity Saint David (Joint 117)London South Bank
119Bucks New UniversityBolton
120-East London

Rankings based on The Guardian University Guide 2014
and The Times Good University Guide 2014 ranking tables.

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