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2019-08-14 16:46:37

The best British universities: list, cost, ranking

The best British universities: list, cost, ranking

UK Advanced Universities - Quick Reference

Speaking about the elite British higher education, it is worth mentioning immediately following the traditions that have been formed over the centuries, at the same time using modern educational methods, the highest level of prestige and quality.

Currently, the UK is universally recognized as the only country that competes with American universities, thereby competing for top positions in international rankings of the best universities, which, in turn, affects the cost of education.

Due to the constant development of the higher education market, more and more leading universities are being created, which will improve the educational programs and teaching methods they have developed. So, there is significant competition between the best British universities, this is evidenced by the annually published universities of England.

Best British universities 2017-2018 - The Times Higher Education World University Rankings

For more than 10 years, The Times Higher Education THE has acquired the status of the most authoritative ranking agency in the field of international education.

This agency publishes not only a global ranking, but it has developed rankings of top universities in specific areas of study, in particular, engineering, technology, social sciences, medicine, etc. In addition, rankings are compiled by geographic location, namely Europe, Asia, Latin America, etc.

In the framework of creating rankings of the best British universities, such parameters are used, university performance indicators, research, international communications, as well as cooperation with business representatives. Below is the ranking of the TOP-10 of the best British universities according to 2017-2018:

UK University Name

UK Ranking Position

Position in the international ranking

University of Oxford

1

1

University of Cambridge

2

2

Imperial College London

3

8

University College London

4

16

London School of Economics and Political Science

5

25

University of Edinburgh

6

27

King's College London

7

36

University of Manchester

8

54

University of Bristol

9

76

University of Glasgow

10

80

As you may have noticed, all British universities from the TOP-10 are among the TOP-100 universities in all countries of the world.

Prestigious universities in England - QS World University Rankings 2017-2018

From 2004 to 2010, close work was carried out to compile international rankings between leading British agencies such as Quacquarelli Symonds QS and The Times Higher Education THE. At the same time, after breaking up close cooperation, each leading British agency began to develop its own annual rankings of top English universities.

At the moment, the British agency offers a global ranking to the attention of foreign students, as well as lists of leading universities in the context of such parameters as location, specialization, age and status of the university.

It is worth noting that in the framework of the QS ranking, factors such as:

  • Qualifications and experience of teachers
  • Conducting research activities and the degree of its intensity
  • International cooperation, including with universities around the world.

Below is a list of the TOP-10 best British universities, prepared by QS:

UK University Name

UK Ranking Position

Position in the international ranking

University of Cambridge

1

5

University of Oxford

2

6

University College London

3

7

Imperial College London

4

8

The University of Edinburgh

5

23

King's College London

6

23

The University of Manchester

7

34

London School of Economics and Political Science

8

35

University of Bristol

9

44

University of Warwick

10

57

List of TOP-10 British universities - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide according to 2017

The ranking of the best universities in Great Britain is handled by the British newspaper The Times, which is popular in all countries of the world, without exception, together with the Sunday edition of The Sunday Times. So, leading newspaper experts are responsible for the formation of the annual ranking of the best British universities, based on the following parameters in their results, such as:

  • The degree of satisfaction of foreign students
  • Opportunities for graduates at the end of education, prospects for successful employment
  • The number of applicants who applied for education through UCAS
  • The number of students who completed the educational program.

Below is a list of the TOP-10 rankings published by The Times, according to 2017:

UK University Name

UK Ranking Position

Cambridge University

1

Oxford University

2

University of St Andrews

3

Imperial College London

4

Durham University

5

Lancaster University

6

University College London

7

Loughborough university

8

University of Warwick

9

University of Leeds

10

Best British universities according to 2017 - The Guardian University league tables

Special attention should be paid to the British influential publication The Guardian, which on an annual basis forms its own ranking of top British universities. So, according to 2017, the prestigious publication included in the list of the best universities 119 leading universities in the UK.

The assessment of British universities is based on the Guardian score, which includes the following parameters, namely:

  • The degree of satisfaction of a foreign student from the educational program of the university
  • Level of satisfaction with the level and quality of teaching
  • Student satisfaction with feedback 
  • The ratio of the number of students to the teaching staff
  • Career prospects and opportunities for successful employment for 6 months after graduation.

Below is a list of the TOP-10 best universities in England based on the publication:

UK University Name

UK Ranking Position

Cambridge University

1

Oxford University

2

University of St Andrews

3

Loughborough university

4

Univerdiry of Surrey

5

Durham University

6

Imperial College London

7

Lancaster University

8

University of Warwick

9

University of Bath

10

As you can see, in the three rankings presented, the positions of British universities from the TOP-10 are generally the same. Some variations in positions are noticeable, but not so significant. The best universities in the UK are considered Cambridge and Oxford, as evidenced by the ranking data.

However, choosing a place to receive prestigious British higher education, do not limit yourself to the rankings of the best universities. So, the reason is that the statistics of agencies with an impeccable reputation do not include young universities that do not have the opportunity to create worthy competition to the old British universities due to the short period of functioning. SMAPSE experts draw your attention to the fact that young leading universities guarantee a high level of quality of teaching, corresponding in general to elite British universities. At the same time, the cost of education will be significantly lower.

Tuition fees in ranking British universities for foreign students

In the UK, higher education and vocational education programs are offered to foreign applicants, the price of which starts from 5,000 £ per 1 trimester. If you intend to receive an elite higher education in a medical specialty, then the cost of education will range from 20,000 £ per year of study.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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