List of universities in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of universities in the United Kingdom (alphabetical by substantive name). Below that are lists of university colleges and other recognised bodies (institutions with degree awarding powers), followed by a list of defunct institutions.

Universities alphabetically[edit]

This list follows the list of recognised bodies on the UK government website.[1] All the institutions on this list are recognised bodies with university status, indicated either by their use of university title in their name on the recognised bodies list or by reference to the Office for Students database[2] for the few universities that do not use the title in their name. Member institutions of the University of London are listed here if they hold university status.

King's College at the University of Aberdeen
University of Bath library
Aston Webb Hall at Birmingham University
The Arches, on the King's Road built in 1911, are an iconic symbol of Newcastle University.
The iconic King's College Chapel of the University of Cambridge (centre), built between 1441 and 1515
Durham Castle, a building of Durham University
Earlham Hall at the University of East Anglia
The Old College of the University of Edinburgh
Imperial College London
The Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds
Hazlerigg Building at the Loughborough University
Foxhill House, home of the School of Law, at the University of Reading
St Salvator's Quad at the University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde
University of Ulster, Belfast

University colleges[edit]

This is a list of university colleges in the UK. Institutions included on this list are university colleges that are recognised bodies with their own degree awarding powers;[1] it does not include institutions with "university college" in their title that are listed bodies as parts of a university (see colleges within universities in the United Kingdom), or other institutions with "university college" in their title. Separate citations are given for institutions that have been awarded university college title recently and are not yet shown under that name on the recognised bodies list or which do not use the title in their name.

Member institutions of the University of London[edit]

All member institutions of the University of London are recognised bodies as institutions that have the right to grant University of London degrees. Some also hold their own degree awarding powers and, since the passing of the University of London Act 2018, can apply for university status in their own right without leaving the federal university.[15] Member institutions that are also universities in their own right are listed both here and in the list of universities above.

The Founder's Building of Royal Holloway
University College London Main Building

Other recognised bodies[edit]

This section lists other education institutions that hold their own degree awarding powers but are neither universities (or colleges of the University of London) nor university colleges.[1]

Recognised bodies that can only award foundation degrees[edit]

These institutions are recognised bodies with foundation degree awarding powers only.[1]

Defunct university institutions[edit]

This section lists defunct universities, university colleges, polytechnics and colleges of federal universities.

Former University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) main building, now used by The University of Manchester

Foreign universities with campuses in the United Kingdom[edit]

While based in the UK, these are not considered UK universities and are not recognised as UK degree-awarding bodies by the British government unless separately listed in one of the categories above. Many are 'study abroad' centres for non-UK universities, offering a year or a semester in the UK for students enrolled at the foreign university, rather than campuses offering their own courses.

As of 1 November 2023, there are 29 "Overseas Higher Education Institutions" that have been approved for student visa purposes by the UK Government as offering "an overseas course of degree level study that's equal to a UK higher education course".[20][21] There is also one branch of an overseas university that is a "listed body", offering courses leading to a UK degree from a "registered body".[22] The following are approved overseas higher education institutions and foreign universities that are listed bodies in the UK, with their UK locations:

Universities in British Overseas Territories[edit]

Universities in British Overseas Territories are not considered UK Universities and are not recognised as UK degree-awarding bodies by the British government.[28]

University of the West Indies in Mona



Cayman Islands[edit]



Turks and Caicos Islands[edit]

Universities in Crown Dependencies[edit]

See list of universities in the Isle of Man for university institutions on the Isle of Man. There are currently no universities in the Channel Islands; in 2013[30][31] the States of Guernsey gave approval for the opening of a university there but, as of February 2017, no progress has been made on the project.[32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Despite its name, University College Birmingham holds full university status.[3]
  2. ^ Despite its name, Imperial College holds full university status.[4]
  3. ^ Functionally merged with UWTSD in 2017 but still constitutionally separate[12]


  1. ^ a b c d "Check if a university or college is officially recognised". Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Existing regulatory data". Office for Students. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ "University College Birmingham". HEFCE. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine". HEFCE. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Leeds Arts University established as Leeds College of Art gains university status!". Leeds Arts University. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ Susan Liautaud. "Chair's Blog: Summer Term 2022". London School of Economics. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Regulatory case report for university title for NCH at Northeastern Limited". Office for Students. 20 July 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Plymouth College of Art given university status". BBC News. 25 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Richmond, the American International University in London, Inc". Office for Students. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  10. ^ "Royal Holloway and Bedford New College" (PDF). The Privy Council Office. 30 November 2022. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  11. ^ "St George's, University of London Scheme" (PDF). St George's, University of London. 30 June 2022. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  12. ^ "Merger FAQs" (PDF). University of Wales. January 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  13. ^ "AECC University College". HEFCE. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  14. ^ "The London Institute of Banking & Finance". HEFCE. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  15. ^ "UCL statement on University of London Act 2018". University College London. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  16. ^ Richard Adams (7 October 2020). "Dyson technology institute to be given power to award its own degrees". The Guardian.
  17. ^ Sean Coughlan (29 October 2020). "New college opening with degrees with no subjects". BBC News.
  18. ^ "Euan Blair apprenticeship firm gets licence to award degrees". The Guardian. 1 September 2022. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  19. ^ "Degree awarding powers granted to Richmond, the American International University in London". Richmond, The American International University in London. 29 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Tier 4 (General) student visa". Government of the United Kingdom. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Register of licensed sponsors: students". UK Visas and Immigration. 1 November 2023. Retrieved 1 November 2023.
  22. ^ a b "Check if a university or college is officially recognised". Government of the United Kingdom. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Educational Oversight: report of the monitoring visit of Amity Global Education Ltd t/a Amity University [In] London" (PDF). Quality Assurance Agency. November 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  24. ^ "The Bader International Study Centre". Queen's University, Canada. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  25. ^ "About Us – History, Facts and Features". Harlaxton College. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  26. ^ "Harlow Campus". Memorial University. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  27. ^ "PHBS-UK". Retrieved 1 November 2023.
  28. ^ "Recognised UK degrees". Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  29. ^ Archived 29 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ "Channel Islands university supported by Guernsey States". BBC. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  31. ^ "University of the Channel Islands in Guernsey: Vision Statement". Susan Jackson Associates. September 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  32. ^ "Guernsey 'could have its own university'". 16 February 2017.

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