Oldest Universities in the United Kingdom

Introduction

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 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

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