Rankings of UK Universities- 2017-2018: UK is the second most preferred study destination for international students after USA. One of the main reasons for students to prefer doing their Master’s in the UK is that most of the UK universities offer highly intensive Master’s programs that can be completed in one year. Each year, ranking systems like QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education Rankings (THE), ARWU Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, US News Rankings, etc. come up with lists of top ranking universities in the world. Each ranking system has certain specific criteria on the basis of which universities are ranked. For purposes of comparison, we will consider QS Rankings, THE Rankings and US News Rankings for 2018. Let us look at the top 10 UK Universities and their corresponding World University Rankings 2018.
Rankings of UK Universities 2017-2018 by QS, THE, ARWU, US News:
|Sr. No.||Name of the University||QS World University Ranking||THE Rankings||ARWU Rankings (2016)||US News Rankings|
|1||University of Cambridge||5||4||4||7|
|2||University of Oxford||6||1||7||6|
|3||University College, London||7||15||17||23|
|4||Imperial College, London||8||8||22||19 (tie)|
|5||The University of Edinburgh||=23||27||41||36 (tie)|
|6||King’s College, London||=23||36 (tie)||50||45 (tie)|
|7||The University of Manchester||34||55||35 (tie)||59 (tie)|
|8||London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)||35 (tie)||25 (tie)||151-200||261 (tie)|
|9||University of Bristol||44||71||57||76|
|10||The University of Warwick||57 (tie)||82 (tie)||151-200||160 (tie)|
Having looked at the World University Rankings UK, let us look at each of these universities in detail in terms of their academic reputation. The rankings of UK universities for 2017-2018 year is describer below-
- University of Cambridge: The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and largest institutions in UK and it attracts students from all over the world. This university ranks 5 in QS, 4 in THE as well as ARWU rankings. The rank drops down to 7 in the US News rankings.
- University of Oxford: The University of Oxford is another leading university in UK and has been around for a long time. This university is ranked 1 in THE rankings, 6 in QS and US News rankings and 7 in ARWU rankings.
- University College, London: This public institution is one of the top multidisciplinary universities in the world and has a reputation for excellence in research. The university has the highest rank in QS rankings (7), but the rank drops down to 15 in THE rankings, 17 in ARWU rankings and 23 in US News rankings.
- Imperial College, London: This public institution is highly research-oriented and attracts top international students. This university ranks 8 in THE rankings, followed by 8 in QS rankings, but significantly drops down to 19 (tie position) in US News rankings and 22 in ARWU rankings.
- The University of Edinburgh: The University of Edinburgh has consistently been ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. This year, the university falls within the top 23 universities in the QS rankings, ranks 27 in THE rankings, 36 (tie position) in US News rankings and 41 in ARWU rankings.
- King’s College, London: One of the oldest universities in London, the King’s College has a reputation for excellence in cutting edge research. The University is ranked 23 in QS rankings, but the rank drops down to 36 (tie position) in THE rankings, 45 (tie) in US News rankings and 50 in ARWU rankings.
- The University of Manchester: This university is located in one of the most vibrant and colorful cities of UK and is a leader in research and innovation. The university offers the right blend of modernity and heritage and offers students state of the art research facilities. This university ranks 34 in QS rankings, 35 (tie) in ARWU rankings, 55 in THE rankings and 59 (tie) in US News rankings.
- London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): This public institution is one of the leading universities in UK and has a reputation for excellence in the social sciences. This university ranks 25 (tie) in THE rankings and 35 (tie) in QS rankings. The rankings significantly go down in ARWU rankings (151-200 category) and 261 (tie position) in US News rankings.
- University of Bristol: The University of Bristol offers the right combination of tradition and academic excellence. This university falls within the top 44 universities in QS rankings, top 60 in ARWU rankings and within the top 80 universities in THE and US News rankings.
- The University of Warwick: This campus university has a diverse student community and is renowned for excellence in research. The university ranks 57 in QS rankings. However, it only manages to stay within the top 100 and 200 universities as per the other ranking systems.
Having looked at the overall rank and scores of top 10 universities in UK on the basis of rankings of uk universities 2017-2018, let us look at the eligibility criteria for admission in UK universities. Although there are some basic criteria for admission in UK universities, each university has different specifications. Hence, be sure to read about the academic requirements of each institution carefully before applying to that institution. Some of the eligibility criteria to get admission in UK universities are:
- Proficiency in English: Most universities in UK require candidates to submit their IELTS or TOEFL scores as a measure of their proficiency in the English language. A candidate interested in applying for a management program would be required to submit GMAT scores. A minimum score of 700 on the GMAT would be required for admission in any post graduate management course. UK universities do not accept GRE scores.
- Minimum years of education: Most postgraduate programs in UK would require candidates to have a graduate degree in any stream with a minimum duration of 3 years. Some postgraduate courses might require candidates to have a graduate degree with a duration of 4 years.
In addition, you would be required to show excellent academic records and submit a Statement of Purpose (SOP). You would also have to submit your visa applications through the IM2A forms which are freely available at the British Embassy. In case of scholarships, you would have to submit relevant documents.