Education system in the UK

With 4 out of the top 10 universities consistently making the QS World Rankings, UK is undoubtedly the best place to seek quality education. Need to know more?

Russell Group Universities

The Russell Group is a self-selected association of 24 high ranked, public research universities in the UK, many of which are considered to be among the top universities in the country and the world. These Russell Group universities are also referred to as the “British Ivy League”, similar to the Ivy League of universities in the USA. They produce more than two-thirds of the world-leading research produced in UK universities and support more than 260,000 jobs across the country.

32% of students are of non-UK nationality, attracted to our universities by the quality, relevance and reputation of research.

Russell Group members also have a strong role and influence within their regional and local communities, collaborate with businesses on joint research projects and supply highly-qualified and highly-motivated graduates to the local workforce.

List of Russell Group Universities

University of BirminghamLondon School of Economics
University of BristolUniversity of Manchester
University of CambridgeNewcastle University
Cardiff UniversityUniversity of Nottingham
Durham UniversityUniversity of Oxford
University of EdinburghQueen Mary, University of London
University of ExeterQueen’s University Belfast
University of GlasgowUniversity of Sheffield
Imperial College LondonUniversity of Southampton
King’s College LondonUniversity College London
University of LeedsUniversity of Warwick
University of LiverpoolUniversity of York

Top Universitites/College in UK

There are 71 universities in the UK which rank among the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, including four in the global top 10, and a further 26 in the top 200.

Here is the list of the top 10 universities in the UK.

    •  University of Cambridge
    •  University of Oxford
    •  University College London (UCL)
    •  Imperial College London
    •  University of Edinburgh
    •  King’s College London (KCL)
    •  University of Manchester
    •  London School of Economics and Political Science
    •  University of Bristol
    •  University of Warwick


Institutions that offer degree-level courses in the UK are called either ‘recognised’ or ‘listed’ bodies.

Recognised bodies are higher learning institutions that can award degrees.

Listed bodies cannot award degrees themselves. If you study a degree course at a listed body, your degree will be awarded by a recognised body.

Recognised bodies