UK universities are slipping down in the world rankings, with experts blaming the decline on pressure to admit more disadvantaged students.
That being said, the nation still boasts a slew of institutions renowned for their excellent academic and employer reputations, faculty to student ratio and citations per faculty.

We’ve taken a look at the UK’s top 10 institutions according to the QS World University Rankings List so you don’t have to.


1. University of Cambridge 

The University of Cambridge is the world’s third oldest surviving university and was founded by scholars of the University of Oxford in 1209. The infamous institution is back on the list at number one this year.


2. University of Oxford

Oxford University is the second oldest university in the world – after Morocco’s University of Karueein. Oxford has been neck and neck with Cambridge in the QS World University rankings for decades.


3. University College London

University College London was the first university in London – and the UK’s first entirely secular institution. It’s currently ranked seventh globally thanks to its reputation as one of the world’s leading research universities.


4. Imperial College London

Imperial College London is steeped in history – after being founded by Prince Albert in 1907, the institution went on to become the birthplace of penicillin, as well as that of rock legends Queen. Today it is renowned for possessing the UK’s largest brain bank, as well as a special centre for climate change.


5. King’s College London

King’s College London is the fourth oldest university in England, and boasts over 29,600 students from over 150 countries. The London-based university was ranked 23rd this year, down from 21st place last year.


6. University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s ancient universities, and is currently the world’s 23rd best institution.


7. University of Manchester

This Russell Group university is the only place in the world where you can study a degree in “Mummy Studies” – the university has a long history in Egyptian research. It was ranked 34th, down from 29th place last year.


8. London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics is celebrated for being the UK’s most international university, with over 70 per cent of students coming from outside the UK. The university is back on the list this year in the 35th place.


9. University of Bristol

The University of Bristol was the first institute of higher education in the country to admit women on an equal basis with men. Today, the institution is ranked as the 44th in the world thanks to its status as one of the world’s most popular and successful universities.


10. University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is back on the list in the 57th place this year. The institution is one of only four universities to have never left the top 10 in one of the three main domestic rankings.