List of universities in the United Kingdom by enrolment

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This is a list of institutions in the United Kingdom by the number of student enrolled in higher education courses. The source for the figures is the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) statistics for 2014/15.[1] The student numbers include full-time and part-time, and are broken down into undergraduate and postgraduate students. Some institutes enroll students in both higher education and further education courses, so student numbers may be higher for such institutes. Numbers are of actual enrolments, not FTEs. The data show that 2.27 million people were enrolled in higher education at the 162 higher education providers reporting statistics to HESA.

Statistics are for students within the UK only and do not include distance-learning students studying overseas. There were 663,915 overseas students recorded by HESA in 2014/15, of which 42.7% were studying on Association of Chartered Certified Accountants courses and registered at Oxford Brookes University. Other significant overseas programs include the University of London International Programmes, with 52,000 students in 2014/15.[2][3]

Universities and other higher education providers by size[edit]

Rank Institution Undergraduates Postgraduates Total students
- University of London[a] 92,760 68,500 161,270
- Open University[b] 122,805 9,560 132,360
1 Open University in England 98,520 8,590 107,110
2 University of Manchester 26,725 11,865 38,590
3 University College London[c] 16,830 18,785 35,615
4 University of Birmingham 20,100 14,060 34,160
5 University of Nottingham 23,815 8,095 31,910
6 Sheffield Hallam University 24,645 6,890 31,530
7 Manchester Metropolitan University 25,810 5,545 31,355
8 University of Leeds 23,005 8,025 31,030
9 Cardiff University 21,575 8,905 30,480
10 University of Edinburgh 20,100 8,780 28,880
11 King's College London[c] 17,610 11,120 28,730
12 University of South Wales 22,795 4,920 27,710
13 Coventry University 21,525 6,075 27,600
14 University of Sheffield 18,975 8,220 27,195
15 Northumbria University 22,705 4,370 27,075
16 Nottingham Trent University 21,855 5,030 26,890
17 University of Glasgow 19,160 7,655 26,815
18 University of the West of England 20,895 5,775 26,670
19 Ulster University 20,570 5,510 26,085
20 Leeds Beckett University 21,565 4,460 26,025
21 University of Oxford 16,580 9,420 26,005
22 University of Plymouth 22,725 3,170 25,895
23 University of Central Lancashire 21,210 4,450 25,655
24 University of Hertfordshire 19,220 5,660 24,880
25 Queen's University Belfast 18,855 4,995 23,855
26 University of Southampton 16,150 7,645 23,795
27 University of Warwick 14,765 8,925 23,685
28 Birmingham City University 19,205 4,130 23,335
29 Newcastle University 16,850 6,265 23,110
30 University of Liverpool 17,850 4,865 22,715
31 Kingston University 16,975 4,935 21,915
32 University of Portsmouth 18,315 3,310 21,625
33 University of Bristol 16,030 5,525 21,555
34 University of Greenwich 16,105 5,190 21,295
35 University of Strathclyde 14,670 6,540 21,210
36 University of Brighton 16,860 3,820 20,685
37 Liverpool John Moores University 17,835 2,800 20,635
38 University of Exeter 16,175 4,380 20,555
39 University of Westminster 16,145 4,320 20,465
40 Anglia Ruskin University 16,490 3,340 19,830
41 De Montfort University 16,020 3,630 19,650
42 University of Huddersfield 15,085 4,535 19,620
43 University of Cambridge 12,230 7,285 19,515
44 University of Wolverhampton 16,225 2,840 19,065
45 University of Kent 15,045 3,935 18,985
46 University of Salford 14,895 4,025 18,920
47 City, University of London[c] 9,695 8,585 18,280
48 Bournemouth University 14,770 3,455 18,225
49 University of Leicester 11,030 6,965 17,995
50 Teesside University 15,885 2,035 17,920
51 University of the Arts London 14,505 3,270 17,775
52= Staffordshire University 14,770 2,965 17,735
52= London South Bank University 13,020 4,715 17,735
54 University of Durham 12,870 4,725 17,595
55 Middlesex University 13,675 3,805 17,480
56 Oxford Brookes University 13,535 3,930 17,460
57 University of Hull 13,395 3,615 17,010
58 Glasgow Caledonian University 14,095 2,840 16,930
59 University of York 12,815 4,020 16,835
60 Imperial College London 9,015 7,595 16,610
61 University of East Anglia 11,445 4,820 16,265
62 Edge Hill University 12,115 4,055 16,170
63= Canterbury Christ Church University 13,035 2,985 16,020
63= Swansea University 13,465 2,555 16,020
65 Queen Mary, University of London[c] 11,390 4,570 15,960
66 University of Derby 13,155 2,780 15,935
67 University of East London 11,680 4,175 15,855
68 University of Bedfordshire 11,610 4,045 15,655
69 Loughborough University 12,140 3,450 15,590
70 University of Bath 11,315 4,255 15,570
71 University of Dundee 10,200 4,980 15,180
72 University of Chester 10,880 4,245 15,130
73 University of the West of Scotland 12,900 1,835 14,730
74 University of Essex 11,085 3,350 14,435
75 University of Reading 9,660 4,665 14,325
76 University of Surrey 10,585 3,715 14,300
77 Open University in Scotland 13,700 470 14,170
78 London Metropolitan University 11,030 3,055 14,085
79 University of Aberdeen 10,055 3,985 14,035
80 Birkbeck, University of London[c] 9,680 4,255 13,935
81 Brunel University London 9,695 4,025 13,720
82 University of Sunderland 10,895 2,800 13,695
83 Cardiff Metropolitan University 8,920 4,750 13,670
84 University of Sussex 10,150 3,390 13,535
85 University of Northampton 10,940 2,340 13,285
86 University of Lincoln 11,085 2,180 13,265
87 Robert Gordon University 9,100 4,140 13,240
88 Edinburgh Napier University 10,805 2,320 13,125
89 Lancaster University 9,235 3,735 12,965
90 University of Bradford 8,820 2,700 11,520
91 Southampton Solent University 10,950 355 11,305
92 University of Stirling 7,995 3,105 11,100
93 Aston University 8,690 2,375 11,065
94 Bangor University 8,105 2,660 10,765
95 Heriot-Watt University 7,040 3,665 10,705
96 The University of St Andrews 7,930 2,730 10,660
97 London School of Economics[c] 4,415 6,185 10,600
98 University of West London 8,980 1,510 10,490
99 University of Wales, Trinity Saint David 8,660 1,760 10,425
100 University of Worcester 8,520 1,545 10,065
101 Royal Holloway, University of London[c] 7,170 2,745 9,915
102 Aberystwyth University 8,500 1,335 9,835
103 University of Keele 7,325 2,310 9,635
104 University of Cumbria 6,955 2,110 9,065
105 Buckinghamshire New University 7,970 1,065 9,035
106 Goldsmiths College[c] 5,235 2,930 8,165
107 University of Gloucestershire 6,530 1,330 7,855
108 University of the Highlands and Islands 7,415 440 7,850
109 Roehampton University 5,985 1,665 7,650
110 University of Winchester 5,910 1,575 7,485
111 Bath Spa University 5,305 2,075 7,380
112 Open University in Wales 6,960 325 7,285
113 Glyndŵr University 5,875 895 6,765
114 York St John University 5,720 835 6,550
115 University of Bolton 5,295 1,090 6,385
116 School of Oriental and African Studies[c] 3,015 2,890 5,910
117 Liverpool Hope University 3,920 1,630 5,550
118 St George's Hospital Medical School[c] 4,575 930 5,505
119 University of Chichester 4,645 800 5,445
120 St Mary's University, Twickenham 3,905 1,430 5,335
121 Queen Margaret University 3,600 1,670 5,270
122 University of Suffolk 4,685 375 5,060
123 Harper Adams University 4,385 655 5,045
124 University College Birmingham 4,380 475 4,855
125 University for the Creative Arts 4,480 325 4,805
126 Falmouth University 4,010 270 4,280
127 Abertay University 3,875 350 4,220
128 Cranfield University 0 4,150 4,150
129 Open University in Northern Ireland 3,625 175 3,795
130 Leeds Trinity University 2,790 715 3,505
131 Arts University Bournemouth 2,880 75 2,955
132 Newman University 2,225 500 2,725
133 University of St Mark and St John 2,035 385 2,420
134= Bishop Grosseteste University 1,740 555 2,290
134= Stranmillis University College 1,740 555 2,290
136 University of Buckingham 1,150 1,095 2,245
137 Royal Veterinary College[c] 1,635 510 2,145
138 Ravensbourne 1,985 70 2,055
139 Norwich University of the Arts 1,820 60 1,875
140 Glasgow School of Art 1,385 455 1,840
141 London Business School[c] 0 1,790 1,790
142 SRUC 1,565 50 1,615
143 Royal College of Art 0 1,445 1,445
144 Conservatoire for Dance and Drama 1,070 190 1,260
145 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine[c] 0 1,245 1,245
146 Royal Agricultural University 950 235 1,185
147 Leeds College of Art 1,145 25 1,170
148 St Mary's University College 860 295 1,155
149 Royal Central School of Speech and Drama[c] 635 355 995
150 Plymouth College of Art 985 10 995
151 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 790 195 985
152 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 695 270 960
153 Guildhall School of Music and Drama 555 355 905
154 Royal College of Music 425 380 810
155 Royal Northern College of Music 595 210 805
156 Rose Bruford College 730 60 790
157 Royal Academy of Music[c] 360 410 775
158 Writtle University College 760 0 760
159 The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 715 0 715
160 Heythrop College[c] 350 355 700
161 Courtauld Institute of Art[c] 165 305 470
162 Institute of Cancer Research[c] 0 300 300
163 University of London (Institutes and activities) 0 235 235
164 National Film and Television School 0 225 225
165 University of Wales (central functions) 0 5 5

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The University of London is a confederal organisation made up of a number of constituent colleges which, along with the University's central institutions and activities, are listed separately.
  2. ^ HESA gives separate statistics for the Open University in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Constituent college of the University of London.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014/15 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (XLSX). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Introduction - Students 2014/15". HESA. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Financial Statements 2014-15" (PDF). University of London. p. 7. Retrieved 9 September 2016.