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 166 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
12 University of St Andrews St Andrews
5 University of Glasgow Glasgow ...
30 University of Aberdeen Aberdeen
4 The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh
116 St George's, University of London London
104 Royal Veterinary College University of London London ...
123 Royal Academy of Music, University of London London
55 Birkbeck, University of London London
6 The University of Manchester Manchester
3 University College London London
14 King's College London London
24 Durham University Durham ...
75 University of London London
80 University of Westminster London
135 York St John University York
94 University of South Wales Pontypridd ...
154 Norwich University of the Arts Norwich
107 The Glasgow School of Art Glasgow
152 Leeds Arts University Leeds
89 London Metropolitan University London
32 Queen's University Belfast Belfast
49 Royal Holloway, University of London Egham ...
130 St Mary's University, Twickenham Twickenham
160 Plymouth College of Art Plymouth
71 Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge ...
158 Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln
65 Oxford Brookes University Oxford
44 Aberystwyth University Aberystwyth
126 Guildhall School of Music and Drama London
16 University of Liverpool Liverpool ...
115 Royal College of Music London
48 Bangor University Bangor ...
143 Arts University Bournemouth Poole
74 University of Greenwich London ...
90 London South Bank University London ...
28 University of Reading Reading ...
161 Writtle University College Chelmsford
150 University of Wales Cardiff ...
69 Aston University Birmingham
7 The London School of Economics and Political Science London
84 Royal College of Art London
114 University of the West of Scotland Paisley ...
141 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Liverpool
50 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London London
13 University of Birmingham Birmingham
10 University of Leeds Leeds
61 Goldsmiths, University of London London
21 The University of Sheffield Sheffield ...
145 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London
8 Imperial College London London
20 University of Bristol Bristol
64 SOAS, University of London London
41 Swansea University Swansea
148 Plymouth Marjon University Plymouth
106 The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London London
157 Hartpury University and Hartpury College Gloucester
18 The University of Nottingham Nottingham ...
164 Rose Bruford College London
11 University of Southampton Southampton ...
72 The University of Hull Hull ...
19 University of Exeter Exeter ...
156 University College Birmingham Birmingham
33 University of Leicester Leicester
29 University of Sussex Brighton
125 The University of Law Guildford ...
138 Ravensbourne University London London
70 Keele University Keele
17 The University of York York
15 Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne ...
27 University of East Anglia Norwich
35 University of Strathclyde Glasgow
37 University of Essex Colchester ...
22 Lancaster University Lancaster
52 London Business School London ...
153 Leeds Conservatoire Leeds
9 The University of Warwick Coventry
40 University of Kent Canterbury ...
34 University of Surrey Guildford
54 Brunel University London Uxbridge
105 University of Bradford Bradford
39 City, University of London London
26 University of Bath Bath
38 Loughborough University Loughborough ...
31 Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh ...
67 University of Salford Salford
36 University of Dundee Dundee
63 University of Stirling Stirling ...
163 Newman University, Birmingham Birmingham
60 Ulster University Coleraine ...
147 Richmond, The American International University in London London ...
149 Royal Northern College of Music Manchester
47 Middlesex University London
117 The University of Buckingham Buckingham
102 Bath Spa University Bath
136 Regent's University London London
165 Northern School of Contemporary Dance Leeds
43 University of the Arts London London ...
159 The London Institute of Banking and Finance London
162 European School of Economics London ...
23 Queen Mary University of London London
127 University of West London Ealing ...
Un BPP University Manchester
82 University of Central Lancashire Preston ...
87 University of East London London ...
56 University of Hertfordshire Hatfield ...
51 Birmingham City University Birmingham
95 University of Derby Derby ...
93 University of Huddersfield Huddersfield
86 University of Lincoln Lincoln ...
81 Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne
46 University of Portsmouth Portsmouth
91 University of Sunderland Sunderland ...
103 Teesside University Middlesbrough ...
85 University of Wolverhampton Wolverhampton ...
45 University of the West of England Bristol
68 Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool
78 Bournemouth University Poole ...
59 University of Plymouth Plymouth ...
42 De Montfort University Leicester ...
77 University of Brighton Brighton ...
58 Coventry University Coventry ...
83 Kingston University Kingston upon Thames
62 Leeds Beckett University Leeds ...
66 Edinburgh Napier University Edinburgh
57 Nottingham Trent University Nottingham
53 Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield
96 Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
76 Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester ...
97 Staffordshire University Stoke-on-Trent ...
146 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Glasgow
79 Cranfield University Cranfield ...
101 Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow ...
88 School of Advanced Study, University of London London
92 Abertay University Dundee
144 Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Liverpool
25 Cardiff University Cardiff
120 University of Gloucestershire Cheltenham ...
121 University of Bolton Bolton
111 Solent University Southampton ...
99 University of Roehampton London
134 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance London
119 University for the Creative Arts Farnham ...
124 The University of Winchester Winchester
110 University of Chester Chester ...
133 University of Chichester Chichester
98 The University of Northampton Northampton
129 University of Worcester Worcester
122 Liverpool Hope University Liverpool
109 Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury ...
108 Edge Hill University Ormskirk ...
100 University of Bedfordshire Luton ...
151 University of Suffolk Ipswich
132 Queen Margaret University Edinburgh ...
137 Buckinghamshire New University High Wycombe ...
128 University of Cumbria Carlisle ...
131 Wrexham Glyndwr University Wrexham ...
113 University of Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen ...
73 University of the Highlands and Islands Inverness ...
112 Cardiff Metropolitan University Cardiff
142 Leeds Trinity University Leeds
139 Harper Adams University Newport
140 Falmouth University Falmouth
118 Scotland's Rural College Edinburgh ...
155 Royal Agricultural University Cirencester
Legend: Un Unranked

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