Study in UK: Know all about best universities
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Study in UK: While changes in UK’s immigration laws might have dampened the prospects of staying back and working in the country after studies, its grand old institutions continue to be among the most attractive study destinations for students across the globe. Can there ever be a conversation about the best universities in the world without the mention of Cambridge, Oxford and the Imperial College of London? Of course, not.

Before you make a list of the universities you plan to apply for, it is imperative that you know about the top universities in a country and what are their admission requirements. In this article, we bring you the best universities in UK to guide you toward your best fit university:

Top universities to study in UK:

University of CambridgeUniversity of Cambridge:

The highest ranked university in the United Kingdom, Cambridge is also one of the world’s oldest universities with a rich history underlining its academic pursuits. One of the top universities in UK, the university as a unit has 31 autonomous colleges and 150 departments, faculties and schools among other institutions. Cambridge is, basically, a residential university and accommodates students pursuing both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The academic term at Cambridge starts on October 1 and ends on September every year.

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS

Postgraduate

Cambridge applicant portal

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

15th October

Postgraduate

December( First week)

Course specific deadlines may vary, though most would fall within October to June. International students are advised to apply by December first week, especially, if they are looking for funding.

 

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS (7.0), TOEFL (100), CAE and CPE

MBA

GMAT (average 690) and GRE

University of OxfordUniversity of Oxford:

The grand old university of UK,Oxford is a renowned name across the world. A collegiate university, Oxford has 38 colleges under it besides the central university. One of the top universities in UK, Oxford has 70 departments accommodating over 3,200 undergraduate students and 5,700 graduate research students. It has been successively named number one in UK for research excellence. Sessions usually start by October and end by June. Oxford has three terms: Michaelmas (October to December), Hilary (January to March) and Trinity (April to June).

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Mid- October

Postgraduate

November to January 

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS

Postgraduate

Graduate applicant portal

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS (7.0), TOEFL (100), CAE (185) and CPE (185).

MBA

GMAT (650 or above) and GRE

University College LondonUniversity College London (UCL): One of the top universities to study in UK, the University College London is popular for being the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms with men.  With students from more than150 countries studying in the country, international students make up for more than one-third of the students’ community. One of the best universities in UK, the university has 11 faculties covering a wide range of areas like engineering, medical sciences and social sciences, among others.

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS

Postgraduate

Online application portal

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Mid- October

Postgraduate

Varies according to the programme

Since UG aspirants have to apply through UCAS, the application deadline is same as that for UCAS- opens on 1st September and closes by mid-October.

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS (6.5), GCSE/IGCSE English Language(Grade C), PTE(62), TOEFL (100)

Postgraduate

GRE( for some programmes like Economics)

Imperial College LondonImperial College London: Ranked among the top five universities in UK, the Imperial College London is a science-based university with core focus on research. According to the QS world ranking 2016, Imperial College London falls among the top 10 universities in the world and one of the best places to study in UK. The university is home to over 14,000 students and offers programmes around four main disciplines- science, engineering, medicine and business.

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS

Postgraduate

Online application portal

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Mid-October and mid- January(majority programmes)

Postgraduate

mid- January(majority programmes)

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS (6.5), PTE, TOEFL

Undergraduate

Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT), Mathematics Admission Test (MAT)

Postgraduate

GRE, GMAT(500)

The University of EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh: One of the top universities in UK, the University of Edinburgh is ranked among the top 20 universities in the world. The university has three colleges under it- College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine and College of Science & Engineering, apart from 20 schools covering disciplines like Business, Arts and Economics, among others. Currently, the university is home to over 11,000 international students.

 

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS

Postgraduate

Online application portal

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Mid-October and mid- January(majority programmes)

Postgraduate

mid- January(majority programmes)

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS, PTE, TOEFL, CAE, CPE, IGCSE

Postgraduate

GRE(for some courses), GMAT(preferred)

King's College LondonKing's College London: Founded in 1828, the King's College London is one of the most popular universities among international students. One of the top universities in UK, the university ranks among the top 25 universities in the world according to QS. King's College London has eight faculties covering areas like Humanities, Social Science and Medicine, among others. King’s has more than 27,000 students from over 150 countries.

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS

Postgraduate

Online application portal

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Mid-October and mid- January(majority programmes)

Postgraduate

March- end(majority programmes)

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS(7.5), PTE(75), TOEFL(109), CAE, CPE, IGCSE

The University of ManchesterThe University of Manchester: One of the most popular universities to study in UK, the University of Manchester is ranked among the top 30 universities in the world. The university is known for its diverse campus life which has students from over 160 countries. The university has three major faculties -- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health; Faculty of Science and Engineering; and Faculty of Humanities.

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS

Postgraduate

Online application portal

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Mid-October and mid- January(majority programmes)

Postgraduate

March- end(majority programmes)

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS(7.5), PTE(75), TOEFL(109), CAE, CPE, IGCSE

London School of EconomicsLondon School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): Ranked among the top universities in UK, it is, perhaps, one of the most popular universities in the country for international students, especially, from Southern Asia. The university currently has over 9600 students from 140 countries. Established in 1895, LSE majorly focuses on social sciences subjects like politics, anthropology and economics, among others. The university has over 26 departments.

 How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS

Postgraduate

Online application portal

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Mid-October and mid- January(majority programmes)

Postgraduate

November/December

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS(7), PTE(65), TOEFL(107), CAE(185), CPE(185), IGCSE

University of BristolUniversity of Bristol: Ranked among the top 40 universities in the world, the University of Bristol is one of the best universities in UK. The University offers a wide variety of programmes through its six faculties- Arts, Engineering, Science, Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences and Social Sciences and Law. Currently, over 200 degree programmes are offered by the university. Another reason to study in Bristol university? The Bristol’s city life has been voted the best in all of Britain by students across the country!

 How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS/Common application

Postgraduate

Online application portal

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Mid-October and mid- January(majority programmes)

Postgraduate

Vary according to the programme(should apply by November/December)

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS(7.5), PTE(73), TOEFL(109), CAE(191)

The University of WarwickThe University of Warwick: Established in 1965, the University of Warwick is one of the best universities in UK and known for itsresearch intensive programmes. The university is home to over 24,000 students, of which 9,000 are international. The four major departments at the University of Warwick are Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Social Sciences.

 

How to apply:

Level

Application procedure

Undergraduate

UCAS/Common application

Postgraduate

Online application portal

When to apply:

Level

Application deadline

Undergraduate

Mid-October and mid- January(majority programmes)

Postgraduate

31st July (of the year the session starts)

Exams accepted:

English proficiency

IELTS(6.5), PTE(73), TOEFL(92), CAE(180), GCSE English, IGCSE English

Best universities in UK – Ranking

University

QS Ranking

University of Cambridge

4

University of Oxford

6

UCL (University College London)

7

Imperial College London

9

The University of Edinburgh

19

King's College London

21

The University of Manchester

29

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

37

University of Bristol

41

The University of Warwick

51

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