Study in the United Kingdom

If you want to study in the United Kingdom, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

the United Kingdom has 91 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in the United Kingdom is University of Oxford, which is ranked at number 1.

Choosing where to study for a degree in the United Kingdom is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of the United Kingdom below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where the United Kingdom’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much the United Kingdom is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

University of Oxford, University Church of St Mary the Virgin

The University of Oxford is top in a list of the best universities in the UK, which includes institutions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
University of Oxford students walking on campus

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Female Brazilian football/soccer fan celebrating with flag of Brazil, Best universities in Latin America

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Browse the top-ranked universities in the United Kingdom

Click a university to view more information and to browse its full World University Rankings profile

Top universities in the United Kingdom

Statistics about the United Kingdom

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 12.97%
  • Of which, on higher education 23.96%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 56.48%
  • Population 65,138,232
  • Unemployment 6.3%
  • Annual GDP 2.33%
Data source: The World Bank