UK University Rankings & Leaderboard in 2025

UK University Rankings & Leaderboards in 2025

Imperial College London Takes Top Spot in UK University Rankings for 2025

In a surprising turn, Imperial College London has surpassed long-standing leaders the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge to claim the top spot among UK universities in the 2025 QS World University Rankings. This marks the first time a university besides Oxbridge has held this prestigious position in the QS rankings.

The QS World University Rankings assess universities based on various criteria, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international-student ratio. Imperial College London’s exceptional performance across these metrics propelled it to the UK list.

This year’s rankings saw significant shifts in the positions of numerous UK universities. Of the 90 British institutions evaluated, 20 improved their ranking compared to the previous year, while 52 experienced a decline. Eighteen universities managed to maintain their position. This demonstrates the increasingly competitive landscape of higher education in the UK.

Top 25 Universities in the UK (2025 QS World University Rankings)

Here is a list of the top 25 universities in the UK for 2025, providing valuable insights into each institution and helping prospective students make informed decisions about their higher education choices.

UK RankingWorld RankingUniversity NameLocation
12Imperial College LondonLondon
23University of OxfordOxford
35University of CambridgeCambridge
527University of EdinburghEdinburgh
6=34University of ManchesterManchester
7=40King’s College LondonLondon
954University of BristolBristol
10=69University of WarwickConventry
1178University of GlasgowGlasgow
12=80University of BirminghamBirmingham
13=80University of SouthamptonSouthampton
14=82University of LeedsLeeds
15=89Durham UniversityDurham
16104University of St AndrewsSt Andrews
17=105University of SheffieldSheffield
18108University of NottinghamNottingham
19=120Queen Mary University of LondonLondon
20129Newcastle UniversityNewcastle
21=141Lancaster UniversityLancaster
22=150University of BathBath
23=165University of LiverpoolLiverpool
24=169University of ExeterExeter
25172University of ReadingReading

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