The University of Oxford will maintain its position as the best university in the United Kingdom in 2021. The prestigious college has fallen one position since last year's ranking and is currently the fifth greatest university in the world, while their rival institution, the University of Cambridge, has maintained its position in seventh place in the international rankings.
In the QS World University Rankings 2021, there are a total of 90 UK universities, which is six more than the previous year. Four of these institutions rank in the top ten most prestigious universities in the world, with another four ranking among the top fifty most prestigious universities in the world.
University of Oxford :
The University of Oxford has retained its position as the top-ranked institution in the United Kingdom this year, while dropping one spot in the global rankings to fifth. Oxford University is the highest ranked school in the United Kingdom for faculty-to-student ratio (eighth position) and citations per faculty member, achieving high scores across all metrics (44th place).
University of Cambridge :
The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge are competing for first place in the rankings, as is typical in the United Kingdom. Cambridge University is in second place once more, and it is ranked eighth in the world. Cambridge, on the other hand, is the highest ranked university in the United Kingdom in terms of both academic and employer reputation, and it is ranked second in the world in these categories.
Imperial College London :
Imperial College London, the highest-ranked university in the capital, has been awarded the bronze medal in the United Kingdom's academic competition. It climbed up one rank to eighth place in the world this year, and it takes ninth place in the world in terms of academic reputation.
University College London (UCL) :
UCL (University College London), which dips two places in the worldwide rankings this year to tenth, is the only institution from the United Kingdom to miss out on a berth in the top three. One of its best indicators is academic reputation, where it ranks 13th in the world, giving it its highest overall score.
University of Edinburgh :
The University of Edinburgh, which is the only Scottish institution in the top ten universities in the United Kingdom, is ranked fifth in the United Kingdom and remains the world's 20th best university. For academic reputation and employer reputation, it ranks 25th and 31st in the world, respectively, according to the World University Rankings System (WURS).
The University of Manchester:
According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Manchester is placed sixth in the United Kingdom and joint 27th overall in the world. Employers have a very positive impression of Manchester graduates — the institution is ranked 21st in the world in terms of employer reputation indicator, for example.
King's College London (KCL) :
King's College London (KCL) is ranked seventh in the United Kingdom for the second year in a row, while climbing two places in the global rankings to joint 31st. KCL, one of four London-based universities in the top ten of the United Kingdom's best-performing institutions list, obtains remarkable results across the board, particularly in terms of academic reputation, where it ranks among the world's top 50 universities.
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) :
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is ranked eighth in the United Kingdom and 49th in the world this year, making it the first UK university in our top 10 to break into the worldwide top 50 since 2007. According to our ranking, LSE is the fifth most varied institution in the world in terms of international students, making it the most diverse university in the United Kingdom.
University of Bristol :
While this year's global rankings show that the University of Bristol has lost nine spots from its previous rating of ninth in the United Kingdom, it remains in ninth place in the United Kingdom. The university receives high scores across all rating factors, with the greatest ranking being for academic reputation, where it is placed 74th in the world, the highest level available.
University of Warwick :
The Institution of Warwick retained its position as the 10th best university in the United Kingdom, and it also maintained its place as the 62nd top university in the world, according to the Times Higher Education rankings. A big portion of their success in the rankings may be credited to the university's global perspective, which is shown in the university's near-perfect scores in the ranking categories for international professors and foreign students.