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 2019 League Table

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