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