Oldest Universities in the United Kingdom


What are the oldest Universities in the United Kingdom? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing a list of 161 UK Universities ordered by year of establishment and meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed and/or accredited by the appropriate UK higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format
Our aim is to highlight which UK Universities have the longest history and tradition and how this correlates to their uniRank University Ranking.

Oldest Universities in the United Kingdom 2018 League Table

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1 University of Oxford Oxford
2 University of Cambridge Cambridge
25 University of St Andrews St Andrews
8 University of Glasgow Glasgow
34 University of Aberdeen Aberdeen
4 The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
157 Heythrop College London
115 St George's, University of London London
107 Royal Veterinary College University of London London ...
122 Royal Academy of Music, University of London London
57 Birkbeck, University of London London
3 University College London London
12 King's College London London
20 Durham University Durham ...
66 University of London London
84 University of Westminster London
126 York St John University York
74 University of South Wales Pontypridd ...
151 Norwich University of the Arts Norwich
110 Glasgow School of Art Glasgow
152 Leeds Arts University Leeds
89 London Metropolitan University London
45 Royal Holloway, University of London Egham ...
130 St Mary's University, Twickenham Twickenham
148 Plymouth College of Art Plymouth
77 Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge ...
155 Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln
67 Oxford Brookes University Oxford
59 Aberystwyth University Aberystwyth
19 University of Liverpool Liverpool
123 Royal College of Music London
70 Bangor University Bangor
135 Arts University Bournemouth Poole
56 University of Brighton Brighton
63 University of Greenwich London ...
82 London South Bank University London ...
31 University of Reading Reading
143 University of Wales Cardiff ...
7 The London School of Economics and Political Science London
64 Aston University Birmingham
75 Royal College of Art London
120 University of the West of Scotland Paisley ...
78 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London London
15 University of Birmingham Birmingham
55 Goldsmiths, University of London London
10 University of Leeds Leeds
18 The University of Sheffield Sheffield
140 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London
11 Imperial College London London
30 Queen's University Belfast Belfast
29 University of Bristol Bristol
58 SOAS, University of London London
47 Swansea University Swansea
149 University of St Mark and St John Plymouth
105 The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London London
6 The University of Nottingham Nottingham ...
158 Rose Bruford College London
14 University of Southampton Southampton ...
61 The University of Hull Hull ...
21 University of Exeter Exeter
146 University College Birmingham Birmingham
17 University of Leicester Leicester
26 University of Sussex Brighton
137 Ravensbourne London
132 The University of Law Guildford ...
71 Keele University Keele
16 The University of York York
13 Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne
32 University of East Anglia Norwich
85 London Business School London
24 Lancaster University Lancaster
37 University of Essex Colchester ...
36 University of Strathclyde Glasgow
150 Leeds College of Music Leeds
9 The University of Warwick Coventry
23 University of Kent Canterbury ...
28 University of Bath Bath
111 University of Bradford Bradford
27 University of Surrey Guildford
39 City, University of London London
35 Loughborough University Loughborough
48 Brunel University London Uxbridge
41 Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh ...
38 University of Dundee Dundee
60 University of Stirling Stirling ...
53 University of Salford Salford ...
153 Newman University, Birmingham Birmingham
86 Ulster University Coleraine ...
144 Richmond, The American International University in London London ...
133 Royal Northern College of Music Manchester
121 The University of Buckingham Buckingham
68 Middlesex University London
104 Bath Spa University Bath
134 Regent's University London London
160 Northern School of Contemporary Dance Leeds
40 University of the Arts London London ...
159 European School of Economics London ...
22 Queen Mary University of London London
112 University of West London Ealing ...
Un BPP University Manchester
43 Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield
93 Staffordshire University Stoke-on-Trent ...
99 Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool
52 Nottingham Trent University Nottingham
79 Leeds Beckett University Leeds ...
92 Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
73 Edinburgh Napier University Edinburgh
87 University of Derby Derby
54 Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester ...
51 Coventry University Coventry
42 University of the West of England Bristol
49 University of Plymouth Plymouth
50 De Montfort University Leicester ...
76 Birmingham City University Birmingham
65 Kingston University Kingston upon Thames
72 Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne
90 University of Huddersfield Huddersfield
81 University of Lincoln Lincoln ...
46 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield ...
91 University of Sunderland Sunderland
88 University of East London London ...
83 University of Wolverhampton Wolverhampton
62 Bournemouth University Poole ...
80 University of Central Lancashire Preston ...
95 Teesside University Middlesbrough
44 University of Portsmouth Portsmouth
145 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Glasgow
69 Cranfield University Cranfield ...
94 Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow
96 School of Advanced Study, University of London London
117 University of Abertay Dundee Dundee
154 Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Liverpool
33 Cardiff University Cardiff
113 University of Gloucestershire Cheltenham ...
101 Southampton Solent University Southampton
103 University of Roehampton London
5 The University of Manchester Manchester
118 University of Bolton Bolton
142 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance London
124 The University of Winchester Winchester
116 University for the Creative Arts Canterbury ...
138 University of Chichester Chichester
108 University of Chester Chester ...
102 Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury ...
98 The University of Northampton Northampton
109 University of Worcester Worcester
125 Liverpool Hope University Liverpool
106 Edge Hill University Ormskirk ...
100 University of Bedfordshire Luton ...
131 Queen Margaret University Edinburgh ...
139 Buckinghamshire New University High Wycombe
129 University of Cumbria Carlisle ...
127 Glyndwr University Wrexham ...
128 University of Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen ...
97 University of the Highlands and Islands Inverness
119 Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff
147 Leeds Trinity University Leeds
141 Harper Adams University Newport
114 Falmouth University Falmouth
136 Scotland's Rural College Edinburgh ...
156 Royal Agricultural University Cirencester
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