Four British universities rank in the global top ten with Imperial College London joint second with Cambridge

The latest QS World University Rankings include eight UK universities in the top 50, and 19 in the top 100, up one on last year.

And a record six British institutions made the top 20. King’s College London was 16th and Edinburgh University 17th in the latest QS World University Rankings. 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States came first.

Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said: ‘Tech-focused institutions are increasingly the focal point of a global race for innovation.

‘With budgets from public sources increasingly coming under strain, institutions seem more focused than ever on potentially lucrative research.’


The rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation, staff to student ratios, research citations, international students and faculty work.The world famous Oxford University was tied with University College London in fifth place


Professor Alice Gast, president of Imperial, said: ‘These rankings support what our students, alumni, staff, friends and collaborators know, that Imperial is one of the world’s great universities.

‘Imperial has a rare ability to turn outstanding research into discoveries that have a real impact on the world, and to prepare people to go out into that world ready to lead.’

The UK universities in the top 100 are: Cambridge (2), Imperial (2), Oxford (5), UCL (5), KCL (16), Edinburgh (17), Bristol (29), Manchester (30), Glasgow (55), Warwick (61), Birmingham (64), Sheffield (69), LSE (71), Nottingham (77), St Andrews (88), Durham (92), Southampton (94), Leeds (97) and Queen Mary, University of London (98).





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