The Top 10 UK Universities for Medicine

Medicine is a hugely competitive course in the UK. If your grades are of the highest standard and you can demonstrate the commitment, passion and understanding of this field, Medicine may be right for you.

Below are the top ten universities for a degree in medicine, using QS world ranking 2014.

  1.          University of Oxford

Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the Russell Group of research-led British universities, the Coimbra Group – a network of leading European universities, the League of European Research Universities and the Europaeum. A unique feature of Oxford is the weekly one-to-one tutorial where the undergraduate student will spend an hour with an acknowledged expert in their field.

  1.          University of Cambridge

Established in 1209, Cambridge University is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. Cambridge University is consistently regarded as one of the world’s top five universities and is also part of the Russell Group of universities.  Unusually, Cambridge has no actual campus; it’s a group of 31 self-governing colleges that come under one Cambridge banner. Cambridge has produced more Nobel Prize winners than any other university.

  1.          University College London (UCL)

UCL, also known as ‘London’s Global University’, was the first university institution to be founded in London.  With its large international demographic, overseas students make up roughly a third of the student population of 12,000 undergraduates and 8,000 postgraduates. UCL is also a member of the elite Russell Group of universities and the university won its first Nobel Prize in 2009.


  1.          Imperial College London

Established in 1907 and formally known as The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College London is one of the prestigious Russell Group and is consistently ranked among the best universities in the world.

  1.          King’s College London

King’s is England’s third oldest university, founded in 1829. The university boasts 12 Nobel Prize laureates among its alumni and current and former faculty. King’s has played a significant role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is now the largest centre for the education of doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals in Europe, and has six Medical Research Council centres – more than any other British university.


  1.          University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh University was founded in 1582 and is amongst the largest and most prestigious in the world. Edinburgh boasts a strong reputation for medicine and science and was the centre of significant discoveries such as anaesthetic and penicillin.


  1.          University of Manchester

Manchester University is one of the Russell Group universities and is based in the north of England. The university is the largest university in the UK, with over 30,000 undergraduates. Manchester has developed a strong reputation for its academic and research excellence.


  1.          The London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has developed an exceptional reputation for public health and tropical medicine. 

  1.          Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary, University of London is a member of the Russell Group of research universities and has roots dating back to 1785. It has the world’s largest academic health science centre. Queen Mary enjoys a strong international reputation with 24 per cent of students enrolled coming from over 100 countries.

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10.   The University of Nottingham

Nottingham University is a research-focused university situated in central England. The university is truly ‘global’, with campuses in China, Malaysia and the UK. Nottingham is part of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities and has roots dating back to 1881.




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