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

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