Cheat notes in an examLondon has more top universities than any other city in the world, according to newly released university rankings.


For the first time, four London-based universities feature in the top 30 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Imperial College London leads the way as London's highest-ranked university, and is ranked eighth in the world. It's joined in the top 30 by University College London (14th), LSE (23rd) and King's College London (27th).

The University of Oxford is the UK's highest-rated university, achieving second place in the rankings and sandwiched between two American universities, California Institute of Technology (1st) and Stanford University (3rd). The University of Cambridge is placed fourth.

The only other UK university to feature in the top 30 is the University of Edinburgh (24th).

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"The United Kingdom is a stand-out performer in this year’s rankings, boasting an impressive 78 institutions overall, with 34 of these sitting in the top 200," said Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


Only the US can boast more universities featured in the full rankings list.

Has your uni made the rankings? Reveal the list below.
Top 78 universities in the UK


Global rankInstitution name
2University of Oxford
4University of Cambridge
8Imperial College London
14University College London
23London School of Economics and Political Science
24University of Edinburgh
27King’s College London
56University of Manchester
69University of Bristol
70Durham University
76University of Glasgow
80University of Warwick
86University of St Andrews
93University of Exeter
97University of Sheffield
98Queen Mary University of London
110University of Southampton
119University of Birmingham
129Royal Holloway, University of London
130Lancaster University
131University of York
133University of Leeds
140University of Sussex
143University of Nottingham
149University of East Anglia
157University of Liverpool
164University of Reading
167University of Leicester
172University of Aberdeen
182Cardiff University
185University of Dundee
196Newcastle University
196St George’s, University of London
200Queen’s University Belfast
201-250Birkbeck, University of London
201-250Royal Veterinary College
251-300University of Bath
251-300University of Surrey
301-350Aberystwyth University
301-350Bangor University
301-350University of Essex
301-350University of Kent
301-350Plymouth University
351-400Loughborough University
351-400University of Stirling
351-400Swansea University
401-500Aston University
401-500Bournemouth University
401-500Brunel University London
401-500City University London
401-500Heriot-Watt University
401-500University of Hull
401-500Keele University
401-500Oxford Brookes University
401-500University of Portsmouth
401-500University of Strathclyde
401-500The Open University
401-500Ulster University
501-600De Montfort University
501-600University of Hertfordshire
501-600Liverpool John Moores University
501-600Manchester Metropolitan University
601-800University of Bradford
601-800University of Brighton
601-800University of Central Lancashire
601-800Coventry University
601-800Glasgow Caledonian University
601-800University of Greenwich
601-800University of Huddersfield
601-800Kingston University
601-800University of Lincoln
601-800Middlesex University
601-800Northumbria University
601-800Nottingham Trent University
601-800University of Salford
601-800Sheffield Hallam University
601-800University of the West of England
601-800University of Westminster

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16” tables


However, Baty warned that the prominent position of UK universities could be under threat by funding cuts and government policy.

"Despite the UK’s success, its continued cuts in higher education funding and series of immigration measures affecting overseas students, will hinder its performance in the long run," said Baty.

"Many of the country’s European rivals, such as Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, are also performing well, but are less hindered by funding cuts and more welcoming for international students.

"The number of overseas students in Germany increased by 6.7% from 2013 to 2014, compared to a 2.4% rise in the UK during the same period.

"The UK will have to work hard to ensure its higher education spending and immigration policies do not hinder its place in the World University Rankings.”

European universities advancing

A number of European universities have improved their ranking, with Swiss university ETH Zurich the first university from outside the UK and US to make the world top 10 in a decade.


Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium all have universities that feature in the top 50.

Overall, there are a record 105 European universities in the top 200, compared with 87 last year.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16: top 200
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RankInstitutionCountry
1California Institute of TechnologyUS
2University of OxfordUK
3Stanford UniversityUS
4University of CambridgeUK
5Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUS
6Harvard UniversityUS
7Princeton UniversityUS
8Imperial College LondonUK
9ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerland
10University of ChicagoUS
11Johns Hopkins UniversityUS
12Yale UniversityUS
13University of California, BerkeleyUS
14University College LondonUK
15Columbia UniversityUS
16University of California, Los AngelesUS
17University of PennsylvaniaUS
18Cornell UniversityUS
19University of TorontoCanada
20Duke UniversityUS
21University of MichiganUS
22Carnegie Mellon UniversityUS
23London School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
24University of EdinburghUK
25Northwestern UniversityUS
26National University of SingaporeSingapore
27King’s College LondonUK
28Karolinska InstituteSweden
29LMU MunichGermany
30New York UniversityUS
31École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
32University of WashingtonUS
33University of MelbourneAustralia
34University of British ColumbiaCanada
35KU LeuvenBelgium
36University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUS
37Heidelberg UniversityGermany
38McGill UniversityCanada
39University of California, San DiegoUS
39University of California, Santa BarbaraUS
41Georgia Institute of TechnologyUS
42Peking UniversityChina
43University of TokyoJapan
44University of California, DavisUS
44University of Hong KongHong Kong
46University of Texas at AustinUS
47Tsinghua UniversityChina
47Wageningen University and Research CenterNetherlands
49Humboldt University of BerlinGermany
50University of Wisconsin-MadisonUS
51Brown UniversityUS
52Australian National UniversityAustralia
53Technical University of MunichGermany
54École Normale SupérieureFrance
55Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
56University of ManchesterUK
56University of SydneyAustralia
58University of AmsterdamNetherlands
59Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
60University of QueenslandAustralia
60Washington University in St LouisUS
62Utrecht UniversityNetherlands
63University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUS
64Boston UniversityUS
65Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
65University of MinnesotaUS
67Leiden UniversityNetherlands
68University of Southern CaliforniaUS
69University of BristolUK
70Durham UniversityUK
71Erasmus University RotterdamNetherlands
72Free University of BerlinGermany
73Monash UniversityAustralia
74University of GroningenNetherlands
75Pennsylvania State UniversityUS
76University of GlasgowUK
76University of HelsinkiFinland
78University of TübingenGermany
79University of PittsburghUS
80University of WarwickUK
81Uppsala UniversitySweden
82University of CopenhagenDenmark
82University of New South WalesAustralia
84University of FreiburgGermany
85Seoul National UniversityKorea, Republic of
86University of St AndrewsUK
87Vanderbilt UniversityUS
88Kyoto UniversityJapan
88Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
90Emory UniversityUS
90Lund UniversitySweden
90Ohio State UniversityUS
93University of ExeterUK
94University of BonnGermany
94Georgetown UniversityUS
94McMaster UniversityCanada
97University of SheffieldUK
98Queen Mary University of LondonUK
99University of GöttingenGermany
99Michigan State UniversityUS
101University of BaselSwitzerland
101École PolytechniqueFrance
101Rice UniversityUS
104Dartmouth CollegeUS
104University of ZurichSwitzerland
106University of California, IrvineUS
106University of MannheimGermany
108University of Notre DameUS
109University of Western AustraliaAustralia
110RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
110University of SouthamptonUK
112Scuola Normale Superiore di PisaItaly
113University of MontrealCanada
113Pierre and Marie Curie UniversityFrance
113Purdue UniversityUS
116Pohang University of Science and TechnologyKorea, Republic of
117University of Maryland, College ParkUS
118Ghent UniversityBelgium
119University of BirminghamUK
120University of BernSwitzerland
120University of Cape TownSouth Africa
120University of FloridaUS
123University of Erlangen-NurembergGermany
123Rutgers, the State University of New JerseyUS
125University of MünsterGermany
125Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
127University of Colorado BoulderUS
127Tufts UniversityUS
129Royal Holloway, University of LondonUK
130Lancaster UniversityUK
131University of GenevaSwitzerland
131University of YorkUK
133Case Western Reserve UniversityUS
133University of LeedsUK
135University of OsloNorway
136Stockholm UniversitySweden
137University of AlbertaCanada
138Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
138Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermany
140University of SussexUK
141University of MassachusettsUS
142University of ViennaAustria
143University of NottinghamUK
144University of California, Santa CruzUS
144University of LausanneSwitzerland
146Autonomous University of BarcelonaSpain
147University of VirginiaUS
148Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)Korea, Republic of
149Aarhus UniversityDenmark
149University of AdelaideAustralia
149University of East AngliaUK
149University of TwenteNetherlands
153Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)Korea, Republic of
154VU University AmsterdamNetherlands
155KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
156University of CologneGermany
157University of LiverpoolUK
158Dresden University of TechnologyGermany
158University of RochesterUS
160Trinity College DublinIreland
161Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussian Federation
161University of MiamiUS
163University of ArizonaUS
164Pompeu Fabra UniversitySpain
164University of ReadingUK
164Yeshiva UniversityUS
167University of California, RiversideUS
167University of LeicesterUK
167National Taiwan UniversityTaiwan
167Technical University of DenmarkDenmark
167Université Catholique de LouvainBelgium
172University of AberdeenUK
172University of AucklandNew Zealand
174University of BarcelonaSpain
175University of KonstanzGermany
176Eindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands
176University College DublinIreland
178Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
179University of WaterlooCanada
180University of GothenburgSweden
180Scuola Superiore Sant’AnnaItaly
182University of BergenNorway
182Cardiff UniversityUK
182University of UtahUS
185Brandeis UniversityUS
185University of DundeeUK
185University of WürzburgGermany
188Paris-Sud UniversityFrance
189Arizona State UniversityUS
190University of AntwerpBelgium
190Boston CollegeUS
192Ulm UniversityGermany
193University of LuxembourgLuxembourg
193Texas A&M UniversityUS
195Charité - Universitätsmedizin BerlinGermany
196Newcastle UniversityUK
196St George’s, University of LondonUK
198University of TrentoItaly
199Paris Diderot University – Paris 7France
200Queen’s University BelfastUK


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Methodology key facts
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Here's how Times Higher Education explains the methodology behind its rankings:

- 800 universities ranked, up from 400 from last year, with 70 countries included (29 more than in 2014)
- Thirteen performance indicators make these the only world rankings to examine all the core missions of the modern global university – research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity
- The world’s largest invitation-only academic reputation survey (including responses from more than 10,000 senior academics in 2014-15)
- Research excellence assessed through the examination of more than 11 million research papers (up from six million last year) with 51 million citations (up from 50 million last year)
- Arts, humanities and social sciences placed on an equal footing with science


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