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    Updated on - Mar 17, 2022

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    The top universities in the UK are considered among the most fascinating institutes with the UK being one of the top 3 study abroad destinations in the world. The excellent quality of education, state-of-the-art research facilities, affordable education, financial aid opportunities, top companies and welcoming immigration policy for international students makes the UK stand out. Some of the most coveted universities in the UK that have maintained their rankings and reputation worldwide are University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London among others.

    Currently, the most in-demand disciplines are MBA, Engineering in UK, Medicine, Computer Science in UK, Psychology, Architecture in UK, etc. The average tuition fees for pursuing bachelor’s degrees in the UK is 10,000-38,000 GBP (~10.07-38.28 lakh INR) while for master’s degrees it is around 13,000-35,000 GBP (~13.09-35.25 lakh INR). An MBA in UK costs from 35,000 GBP (~35.22 lakh INR) up to 97,000 GBP (~97.62 lakh INR). To ease the financial burden of the students while studying in the top universities in the UK, a variety of scholarships for international students in UK are available.

    Top Universities in UK: Global Rankings

    Top universities in UK are recognized worldwide for the outstanding quality of education with 90 institutions ranked by the QS World University Rankings 2022. A comparison between rankings of the 10 top universities in the UK in World University Rankings 2022 by QS, THE and U.S. News are given in the table below:

    University QS Ranking 2022 THE Ranking 2022 U.S News Rankings 2022
    University of Oxford #2 #1 #1
    University of Cambridge =3 =5 #2
    Imperial College London #7 #12 #4
    University College London =8 =18 #3
    The University of Edinburgh #16 =30 #5
    The University of Manchester =27 #50 #7
    King’s College London #35 =35 #6
    London School of Economics and Political Science #49 #27 #25
    The University of Warwick #61 #78 #144
    University of Bristol #62 92 #10

    Top Universities in UK for UG Courses

    Pursuing a bachelor’s degree is the first step of the ladder for international students planning to study in UK. Top universities in the UK look for candidates who have completed high school with at least 70-80%. Standardised test scores such as SAT or ACT and English language proficiency test scores are also important for admission. Some of the top universities in UK for undergraduate courses are listed below:

    Universities Top UG Courses
    University of Oxford BA in English Language and Literature, Bachelor of Engineering Science, BS in Medicine, BA in Economics
    University of Cambridge BA in Computer Science, BA in Economics, BA in Education, BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences
    Imperial College London BEng in Computing/ BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
    University College London BSc in Computer Science, BEng in Civil Engineering, BSc in Architecture
    London School of Economics and Political Science BSc in Accounting, BSc in Politics and International Relations, BSc in Economics
    University of Edinburgh BEng in Computer Science, BEng in Civil Engineering, BSc in Biological Sciences
    King’s College London BSc in Computer Science
    University of Manchester BA in Criminology, LLB
    University of Warwick BEng in Automotive Engineering, LLB
    University of Glasgow Bachelor of Nursing, BSc in Computer Science
    University of Bristol BSc in Biology and Immunology, BEng in Computer Science
    University of Birmingham BEng in Civil Engineering, BA in English

    Top Universities in UK for PG Courses

    The biggest advantage for students pursuing master’s in the UK is that the standard course duration in many specialisations is one year which is shorter than many other countries. International students have over 90% student satisfaction rates when it comes to studying PG courses in the UK. Some of the most popular programs and the highest ranked institution offering it are given in the table below:

    Program Top Universities
    MBA London Business School
    MS in Computer Science University of Oxford
    MS in Civil Engineering Imperial College London
    MBBS University of Oxford
    MS in Psychology University of Oxford
    MS in Architecture University of Cambridge

    Top Universities in UK for MBA

    MBA is the most sought-after course worldwide. UK is one of the most preferred destinations for pursuing MBA because it offers 1-year MBA programs which also makes education affordable and saves time. B-schools in the UK are AACSB accredited which define benchmarks in global education. There are 11 business schools in the UK that are ranked among the top 100 category in QS Global MBA Rankings 2022. The table below represents the top business schools in UK with the latest rankings and MBA tuition fees.

    Universities QS Global MBA Rankings 2022 Tuition Fees in GBP
    London Business School #6 97,500
    Oxford University (Said Business School) =13 65,520
    Cambridge University (Cambridge Judge Business School) #17 61,000
    Imperial College Business School #21 57,200
    Warwick Business School #32 45,950
    Manchester Alliance Business School =47 45,000
    Edinburgh Business School =55 35,900
    Cranfield School of Management #75 39,000
    City University of London (Bayes Business School) =78 47,000

    Top Universities for MS in UK

    MS in UK is one of the go to programs for international students who have completed undergraduate education in STEM related fields. Students can also pursue an MS in Finance, Management or Business related fields. The course duration of MS in UK is around 1-2 years. The popular MS specialisations and top universities in the UK offering them are listed in the table below:

    Programs Universities
    MS in Computer Science University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, University College London
    MS in Psychology University of Oxford, University College London, University of Edinburgh, King’s College London
    MS in Management London Business School, Imperial College Business School, Alliance Manchester Business School
    MS in Marketing University of Bristol, University of Edinburgh, University of Bath
    MS in Biology University of Oxford, Coventry University, King’s College London, University of Birmingham
    MS in Cyber Security University of Oxford, Coventry University, University of Birmingham, University of Warwick, University College London
    MS in Public Health University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Leeds, University of Warwick
    MS in Mechanical Engineering University of Warwick, University of Birmingham, University of Manchester, University of East London
    MS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering University of Manchester, King’s College London, University of Birmingham, University of Glasgow
    MS in Geology King’s College London, University of Leeds, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London

    Top Universities for Engineering in UK

    Engineering is one of the most in-demand disciplines in the UK with various specialisations such as Mechanical Engineering in UK, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, etc. to choose from. A list of the top universities in UK for Engineering as per the U.S. News and their global scores are given below:

    Universities Subject Score
    Imperial College London 82
    University of Cambridge 72.5
    University of Oxford 70.4
    University of Manchester 70.0
    University of Nottingham 68.8
    University College London 68.0
    Brunel University 64.3
    University of Southampton 61.5
    University of Strathclyde 61.2
    University of Sheffield 60.4

    Top Universities in UK for Doctoral Courses

    UK is well-known for excellent research facilities with state-of-the-art technology which is why many students plan to undertake research in leading industry areas. Some of the most popular research areas and top institutions for doctoral courses in UK are given below:

    Institution Programs Average Tuition Fees in GBP
    University of Oxford PhD in Computer Science, PhD in Chemistry, PhD in Engineering Science 22,000-34,000
    University of Cambridge PhD in Engineering, PhD in Chemical Engineering, PhD in Computer Science 22,000-32,500
    University College London PhD in Chemical Engineering, PhD in Physics and Astronomy, PhD in Materials Science 24,000-32,000
    University of Edinburgh PhD in Geosciences, PhD in Medicine 25,000-37,000
    King’s College London PhD in Medical Science, PhD in Life Science 21,000-24,900
    University of Manchester PhD in Mathematics, PhD in Materials Science 16,000-18,000
    University of Warwick PhD in Life Science, PhD in Sociology 18,600-26,500
    London School of Economics and Political Science PhD in Law, PhD in Sociology 18,700-25,700
    University of Birmingham PhD in Chemistry 14,200-21,000
    University of Bristol PhD in Medical Science PhD in Biochemistry 15,000-20,000

    Admission Requirements for Top Universities in UK

    It is important to note that the admission requirements may vary for every institution and choice of program. The general admission requirements for top universities in UK are discussed below:

    • Official high school, college or university transcripts
    • School leaving certificate or proof of degree
    • Proof of English language proficiency (Minimum IELTS score of 6.0 for UG and 6.5 for PG)
    • SAT/ ACT scores for UG courses
    • GMAT/ GRE scores for PG courses
    • Resume/ CV
    • Relevant work experience
    • Academic/ professional LOR
    • Proof of sufficient finances
    • Personal statement/ essay
    • Copy of passport.

    Scholarships at Top Universities in UK

    Studying in the UK requires a huge financial investment to cover the tuition fees and cost of living. Therefore, universities, private organisations and the Government provide various scholarships on the basis of merit and need to reduce the financial burden of students. Some of the popular scholarships in UK and their eligibility criteria are tabulated below:

    Scholarship Eligibility Award
    Chevening Scholarship Master’s degree students with an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree and at least 2 years of work experience enrolled at any institution in the UK can apply. Full funding including complete course fees, accommodation, travel expenses, etc.
    Inlaks Shivdasani Scholarship Open to all Indian citizens; Candidates require 65-70% to be eligible depending on their subject area. 73,500 GBP covering tuition fees, living expenses, health allowance and on-way airfare.
    Rhodes Scholarship Awarded to outstanding candidates who demonstrate intellect, leadership and commitment to service. 17,310 GBP per annum
    Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship Be an Indian citizen aged between 28 and 38 having a first degree, diploma or professional qualification preferably with work experience. 1,400 GBP for short research or professional visits.
    Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Graduate and doctoral program applicants from one of the Commonwealth nations are eligible for this award. Tuition fees and monthly allowance.
    GREAT Scholarships Awarded to graduate applicants in specific subject areas to students from India and Nigeria. 10,000 GBP for a one year master’s degree program.

    Top Universities in UK: Jobs and Salaries

    Studying in UK promises a bright future ahead as the top universities in the UK boast of high employment rates with graduates having lucrative salary potential. The table below shows the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings for prestigious institutions in UK and the average salary expectations as per emolument:

    Name of Institution QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2022 Average Salary Range (in GBP)
    University of Oxford #7 46,000-135,000
    University of Cambridge #11 54,000-99,000
    University College London #20 41,000-88,000
    Imperial College London #30 50,000-111,000
    The University of Manchester #42 40,000-98,000
    London School of Economics and Political Science =48 52,000-120,000
    University of Edinburgh =49 47,000-121,000
    University of Bristol =49 35,000-75,000
    University of Leeds =52 36,000-85,000
    University of Nottingham #66 46,000-90,000

    A huge volume of applications are received every year by top universities in UK. The admission policy is moderately stringent as universities want the best batch of students who will make a difference in the future and bring fame to the institution. After completing education from the top universities in UK, students secure well-paid jobs with top employers in UK.

    Reviews

    PR
    8.5 /10

    I chose my masters in the UK because it was of 1 year and it's very condensed, it was hectic but also very rewarding at the same time. And I came out with good grades.

    Campus Life :

    The campus had four libraries which were opened seven days a week, and the library facilities were really helpful to me. All the software were already downloaded to the university's machines which were accessible. The research facilities were good because my program had thought components and also laboratory components for almost all the modules so the laboratory was really helpful until covid. It promotes healthy competition in the UK because no one cares about the numerical grades or percentage there. The grades and marks are only given to the students personally and were not posted anywhere else which is helpful for those who couldn't score well and this keeps their self-confidence up. There are approximately 100 clubs that students can join if they want.

    AS
    10.0 /10

    My friend suggested me this university, after which I researched on google to know more about the university and found this college to be best for pursuing my Master as it has amazing infrastructure with excellent faculty even the placement of this college is awesome so I decided to take admission here. I had to apply online through the link provided by the university and paid application fee of $100.

    Fees :

    My tuition fee was $75000 per year for this program. The fee was same for both the years. Apart from this I also paid 10,000 for my room and food, $2000 for other expenses. The university provide financial support to its students through various scholarship. The scholarship covers fee, living expenses, airfare and miscellaneous costs.

    N
    9.2 /10

    I have chosen this university because Belfast is very much safer place in UK as compared to other good universities and also the QS ranking was also very good of Queen's.

    Campus Life :

    When all the registration processes are completed then there is "my future" offered by the university which is applicable only after all the processes are completed. But many things are remaining from my side to complete the registration process. Once these are all will complete, then we can have access to this platform where all the extracurricular activities are there.

    A
    7.7 /10

    There were 3-4 things i did. I went to consultancy services also, did my own research. I go through world rankings for universities and courses, that was really helpful. I talked to few people on linkedin about whats their take on universities and on the course. I had to narrow it down, because preferrably I wanted to go to London.

    Fees :

    My course tuition fee was £ 28000

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