Discover universities in the UK

The UK is home to some of the top universities in the world and studying your degree here offers exciting opportunities and career potential. Globally recognised universities like Oxford, Cambridge and prestigious Russell Group universities are all based in the UK. QS World University Rankings lists 16 UK universities among the top 100 universities in the world.

UK education system 

Higher education in the UK is known for its quality, and is highly respected by employers. UK universities offer three levels of education:

  • Undergraduate / Bachelors degree
  • Postgraduate / Masters degree
  • PhD 

Undergraduate degrees are usually three years (four years in Scotland). Masters degrees are one or two years. Some degrees combine undergraduate and postgraduate study, which take four years to complete (e.g. MEng). PhDs require at least three years of study. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching at UK universities usually involves a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Depending on your degree choice, you may have the opportunity to complete work experience and practical lessons. You will also need to read and study independently. 

What is the Russell Group of universities?

The Russell Group is a collection of 24 leading UK universities, renowned for their world-class research and teaching. The Russell Group was founded in 1994 and includes Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics and Imperial College London. Due to their focus on research, Russell Group universities perform well in national rankings. 

Applying to university

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Get all the support you need to understand university admission requirements and how to apply to your chosen university through UCAS. Find out how we help you.

Oxbridge and medical preparation

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Show the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge that there is more to you than just good grades. We are specialists in getting students ready for UKCAT and BMAT medical entry tests too. 

University rankings

University rankings are a good place to start when you are choosing your university. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings features 1,000 top universities in the world. It reviews excellence in key areas, including research, international outlook and knowledge transfer.

UK universities are among the top universities in the world

It is also a good idea to look at subject rankings for your chosen degree field as these can often be higher than the overall global or national rankings. QS World University Rankings by Subject is released every year and looks at academic reputation, employer reputation and research excellence.

Choosing a university

There are hundreds of universities in the UK so it can be difficult to narrow down your options. We will work with your strengths and give you tailored support, so you can decide on the university that will suit you best. Whether your goal is to study architecture, law, medicine or anything in between, we will help you get there. We also offer specialist Oxbridge and medical school preparation.

If you have a career goal in mind, read our career guides to find out the steps you need to take and what you need to study.

Xinyi from China

Belelrbys star student Xinyi

"UK qualifications are recognised all over the world, and there are plenty of opportunities for further study and career progression once I have completed my course. Studying in the UK offers me the opportunity to master English."

Xinyi from China – 
Studied Science and Pharmacy Foundation and achieved 86%, now studying Pharmacology at the University of Bath