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Best Universities in London

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Best Universities in London

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Jolly Old London has always been on the top study-abroad cities for international students. It is the capital of the United Kingdom, and is the one among the best cities in the world with regard to myriad areas. For example, its GDP was a staggering ~ 503 billion pounds in 2019, earning the city the title of the ‘largest urban economy’ in Europe. Coupled with the fact that London is one of the world’s major financial centres, as well as a centre of command for the global economy, it is no surprise that London is one of the best places to start a career. The city also holds potent influence over finance, healthcare, arts, commerce, communications, tourism, fashion, entertainment, and of course, Education. The highest concentration of Educational Institutions in the world is in London. We will cover the best universities in London in this article, do a deep dive of the same. Read on! 

Top Reasons to Study in London

1)  A Truly International City 

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with over 300 languages spoken in the city. It is a treasure trove of cultures, with more than 120,000 international students in the city! 

2)  World-class Education

This is the main reason international students come to London. The city’s educational significance is staggering. London itself has 4 universities which rank under the top 50 universities in the World! The odds of that happening are ridiculous. There are tons of courses offered, all taught at a world-class level. We will cover the best universities in London in the section below, and explore the best degrees to pursue as well. 

3) A Bookworm’s Paradise

Seriously, the city hosts Bloomsbury and the British Library. What more can you ask for? Plenty of universities also have their own libraries bursting with information as well. There are also tons of old book shops scattered across the city just waiting to be explored.  

4) The Transport system is Well-Connected

The city itself looks like a cluster of neurons, all haphazard and confusing. However, the transport system inclusive of the metro (tube), as well as the city buses have made the city well-connected. Students also get discounts on travel expenses.  

5) Networking 

You will meet tons of people from your area of interest or specialization in your time at university. The right contacts and networks could provide you with plenty of opportunities w.r.t your future career. It also allows you a chance to give back to students in need, when you’ve established your own career.

6) Goodbye Boredom? 

There’s a pub around every corner in the city. Furthermore, there are over 100 cinema theatres and more than 300 live music venues in the city. There are restaurants with almost every cuisine in the book, and plenty of parks and green spaces located in the city. The British Museum, the National Gallery, the West End Theatre, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace as must-visit tourist areas. It may sound cliché, but there’s something for everyone in London…    

7) The Best Place to Start your Career 

The aforementioned world-class education, coupled with plenty of networking opportunities, graduate schemes, bustling start-up culture, and job opportunities at global companies ensure that your career is heading in the very best of directions. The 2-year post-study work VISA is a huge bonus as well. 

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Chapter 2

Top and Best Universities in London :

Top 4 Universities in London 


Ranking in London

QS World Rankings 2021

Imperial College London



University College London



King's College London



London School of Economics and Political Science 



London hosts more universities than any other city in the United Kingdom (18 universities). As mentioned earlier, the city is home to 4 universities which rank under the Top 50 universities in the world. These are Imperial College London, University College London, King’s College London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

The average tuition fee for international students comes to around 15,000 euros or ~INR 13 lakhs, which is significantly lesser than the average fees in the USA. London is also ranked as the best student city in the world! Here’s a breakdown of the cost of living in London. 

More about the Top and Best Universities in London

Let us explore a bit more about the best universities in London. 

1. Imperial College London.

Ranked 1st in London and 7th in the world, Imperial College London was founded in 1907 as a teaching and research institute primarily in the fields of medicine, science, business (recent) and engineering. Currently, it offers courses from plenty of streams, and is world-renowned for its teaching, research, and the fact that 29 Nobel Prize Winners are Imperial graduates.   

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For its Master’s degrees, the requirements are: 

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5 band score. 
  • GRE: minimum 310. 
  • UG: minimum 7.5 to 8 out of 10 GPA.

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2. University College London

UCL is ranked 2nd in London and 8th in the world according to QS Rankings. Founded in 1826, University College London was the first higher education institute to be established in London. Similar to Imperial, it was the alma mater of more than 25 Nobel Laureates. They offer plenty of programs ranging from medicine, social sciences, management, engineering, media, and computer science. 

Requirements for its Master’s Programs include: 

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5 band score. 
  • GRE: minimum 310. 
  • UG: minimum 3.3 / 4 CGPA.

3. King’s College London

King’s College is ranked 3rd in London and 35th in the world according to QS Rankings. It was established in 1829 and is one of the world’s most respected educational institutions. King’s is particularly known for humanities, law, medicine, and the sciences. 

Requirements for its Master’s Programs include: 

  • IELTS: minimum 6 band score. 
  • UG: minimum 3.4 / 4 CGPA.

4. London School of Economics and Political Sciences

LSE is ranked 4th in London and 49th in the world. LSE is known for Law, Economics, Political Sciences, Management, and Social Sciences. 

Requirements for its Master’s Programs include: 

  • IELTS: minimum 7 band score. 
  • UG: minimum 3.5 / 4 CGPA.

Which university is best for you?

  1. Obviously the first step involves a lot of introspection and profile evaluation. You will need to decide upon the course you wish to pursue.
  2. Check the eligibility criteria of your desired university. Select a couple of safe options as well! 
  3. Check out their scholarships and financial options. At the end of the day, you should come out full of knowledge and security that you will be able to repay any loans you take.

Best Degrees for International Students in London

  • Business Studies
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Undergraduate Law
  • Economics
  • Art & Design
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Politics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Marketing Courses 
  • Media Studies


So, there we have it. If you wish to know more about pursuing a master’s in the UK, here’s a detailed guide about the same. 

Cheers and Best Wishes from Galvanize. 

Written by Saahil R Bhatt. 

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