Clearing 2015: which UK university should I apply to?

A Times Higher Education resource for choosing the best UK university for you

August 5, 2015

If you didn’t quite get the A-level results you were looking for (or maybe you did better than you thought you would, and want to check out your options) then don’t worry.

There are still plenty of undergraduate places at universities across the UK up for grabs. You just need to choose the course and university that is the best fit for you.

Top 10 UK universities in the World University Rankings 2014-15

Times Higher Education has been producing its World University Rankings for 10 years. Here are the top UK institutions overall, by reputation, and in each subject area.

Follow the links to see the rankings in full. There, you will be able to explore each university’s individual strengths and weaknesses.

 The top-ranked universities in the UK:

2014-15 rank Institution
1 University of Oxford
2 University of Cambridge
3 Imperial College London
4 London School of Economics
5 University of Edinburgh
6 King's College London
7 University of Manchester
8 University of Bristol
9 Durham University 
10 University of Glasgow

View the full list of UK universities ranked in the World University Rankings 2014-15

You might also be interested in the top-ranked UK universities by reputation.

UK rankings by subject

Do you know which subject you’re interested in, but not which university to apply to? Our subject-specific tables highlight the very best institutions in six subject areas:

Arts and humanities
Clinical and health
Engineering and technology
Life sciences
Physical sciences
Social sciences

Other UK university rankings

The Guardian: top 20 universities 2015
Complete University Guide: top 20 universities 2015
THE UK “Table of Tables” 2015

National Student Survey 2015

Top UK universities for overall satisfaction as rated by students
Top 20 UK universities: combined NSS and World University Rankings results
Analysis: which universities are on the up, which are on the way down?

Top tips from higher education experts

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How to win at clearing

1. Remember, it takes a cool head to get the best offer...
2. ... so make sure you have the best advice and guidance (here’s what can happen if you don’t)
3. It can be nail-biting for university staff too...
4. ...but they will do all they can to help you out
5. So make sure you are keeping an eye on their tweets!

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