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 students enrolled in higher education courses. The source for the figures is the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) statistics for 2016/17.[1] The student numbers include full-time and part-time, and are broken down into undergraduate and postgraduate students. Some institutes enrol students in both higher education and further education courses, so student numbers may be higher for such institutes. Numbers are of actual enrollments, not FTEs. The data show that 2.28 million people were enrolled in higher education at the 167 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] 95,435 68,845 161,270[4]
- Open University[b] 119,155 7,465 126,210
1 Open University in England 94,900 6,590 101,490
2 University of Manchester 27,895 12,590 40,490
3 University College London[c] 18,610 19,295 37,905
4 University of Birmingham 22,440 12,395 34,835
5 University of Leeds 24,345 8,955 33,300
6 Manchester Metropolitan University 26,780 6,235 33,010
7 University of Nottingham 24,065 8,450 32,515
8 University of Edinburgh 21,640 10,265 31,910
9 Coventry University 25,705 5,985 31,690
10 Cardiff University 23,085 8,510 31,595
11 Sheffield Hallam University 24,455 6,365 30,815
12 King's College London[c] 18,255 12,315 30,565
13 Nottingham Trent University 23,600 5,775 29,370
14 University of Sheffield 20,005 8,710 28,715
15 University of Glasgow 20,420 8,195 28,615
16 University of the West of England 21,125 6,760 27,880
17 University of Liverpool 20,940 6,135 27,070
18 Northumbria University 21,445 5,230 26,675
19 University of Southampton 17,535 7,650 25,180
20 University of Warwick 16,110 8,935 25,045
21 Newcastle University 18,625 6,360 24,980
22 Leeds Beckett University 20,115 4,770 24,885
23 University of Oxford 14,265 10,385 24,650
24 Ulster University 19,160 5,480 24,640
25 University of Hertfordshire 18,915 5,660 24,580
26 University of Central Lancashire 19,450 4,710 24,160
27 Birmingham City University 19,640 4,490 24,130
28 Queen's University Belfast 18,795 5,055 23,850
29 University of Bristol 17,630 5,960 23,590
30 University of Portsmouth 19,540 3,965 23,505
31 University of South Wales 19,275 4,185 23,465
32 De Montfort University 19,125 4,075 23,205
33 University of Exeter 18,260 4,915 23,175
34 University of Strathclyde 15,590 7,365 22,955
35 Liverpool John Moores University 18,325 4,115 22,445
36 Anglia Ruskin University 18,125 4,115 22,245
37 University of Brighton 17,615 4,035 21,655
38 University of Plymouth 18,425 3,215 21,645
39 University of Kent 15,730 4,485 20,220
40 Bournemouth University 16,140 4,060 20,200
41 University of Salford 15,475 4,520 19,995
42 University of Cambridge 12,340 7,610 19,955
43 University of Greenwich 15,545 4,370 19,915
44 University of Westminster 15,210 4,445 19,650
45 University of Wolverhampton 16,475 3,085 19,560
46 Middlesex University 14,810 4,700 19,505
47 Kingston University 14,930 4,540 19,470
48 City, University of London[c] 10,075 9,330 19,405
49 Swansea University 15,920 3,240 19,160
50 Queen Mary, University of London[c] 13,625 5,260 18,890
51 Teesside University 15,985 2,570 18,555
52 University of Durham 13,665 4,720 18,385
53 University of the Arts London 14,760 3,530 18,290
54 University of Huddersfield 14,180 4,100 18,280
55 London South Bank University 12,765 5,220 17,985
56 University of York 13,310 4,595 17,900
57 Oxford Brookes University 13,690 4,115 17,805
58 Imperial College London 9,520 8,170 17,690
59 University of Derby 14,180 3,400 17,585
60 University of East Anglia 12,260 4,935 17,195
61 Loughborough University 12,930 4,195 17,130
62 University of Bath 12,875 4,035 16,910
63 University of Leicester 12,075 4,725 16,800
64 University of Sussex 12,030 4,655 16,685
65 University of Hull 13,600 2,930 16,530
66 Glasgow Caledonian University 13,510 2,910 16,415
67 University of Surrey 12,330 3,735 16,065
68 University of the West of Scotland 13,395 2,565 15,955
69 University of Reading 11,175 4,665 15,840
70 Open University in Scotland 10,365 470 15,460
71 University of Dundee 10,585 4,800 15,390
72 University of Chester 11,160 4,165 15,325
73 Edge Hill University 11,615 3,605 15,220
74 Canterbury Christ Church University 12,395 2,805 15,200
75 Staffordshire University 12,830 2,080 14,910
76 University of Essex 11,285 3,295 14,585
77 University of Aberdeen 10,210 3,940 14,150
78 University of Lincoln 11,780 2,320 14,105
79 University of Bedfordshire 10,860 3,140 14,000
80 Lancaster University 9,690 3,925 13,615
81 Aston University 11,035 2,570 13,610
82 University of East London 9,710 3,510 13,215
83 Brunel University London 9,840 3,285 13,130
84 University of Sunderland 10,725 2,300 13,020
85 Birkbeck, University of London[c] 8,010 4,905 12,915
86 Edinburgh Napier University 10,525 2,390 12,910
87 University of Northampton 10,485 2,365 12,850
88 Robert Gordon University 9,065 3,465 12,530
89 London Metropolitan University 9,400 2,745 12,145
90 University of Stirling 8,585 3,480 12,065
91 Bangor University 8,615 2,650 11,270
92 London School of Economics[c] 4,810 6,395 11,210
93 Southampton Solent University 10,545 515 11,060
94 Cardiff Metropolitan University 8,790 2,200 10,995
95 University of Bradford 8,045 2,915 10,960
96 University of Worcester 8,975 1,770 10,745
97 Keele University 8,400 2,200 10,600
98 Heriot-Watt University 7,415 3,090 10,500
99 University of West London 8,820 1,575 10,390
100 The University of St Andrews 8,250 2,080 10,330
101 Royal Holloway, University of London[c] 7,640 2,690 10,325
102 Roehampton University 8,405 1,685 10,205
103 University of Wales, Trinity Saint David 8,185 1,575 9,755
104 Goldsmiths, University of London[c] 6,190 3,155 9,345
105 Buckinghamshire New University 7,850 1,020 8,870
106 University of the Highlands and Islands 8,055 665 8,720
107 University of Cumbria 6,890 1,745 8,635
108 University of Gloucestershire 6,965 1,540 8,505
109 Aberystwyth University 7,325 1,130 8,455
110 Bath Spa University 6,250 1,730 7,980
111 University of Winchester 6,220 1,315 7,540
112 Open University in Wales 5,580 260 6,880
113 University of Bolton 5,225 1,195 6,425
114 Wrexham Glyndŵr University 5,825 590 6,415
115 School of Oriental and African Studies[c] 3,275 3,085 6,360
116 University for the Creative Arts 5,840 340 6,180
117 York St John University 5,115 830 5,940
118 University of Chichester 4,650 890 5,540
119 St Mary's University, Twickenham 4,145 1,385 5,535
120 Harper Adams University 4,960 455 5,410
121 Falmouth University 5,085 300 5,385
122 Liverpool Hope University 3,965 1,280 5,240
123 Queen Margaret University 3,460 1,750 5,210
124 University of Suffolk 4,625 455 5,080
125 University College Birmingham 4,475 460 4,935
126 St George's, University of London[c] 3,905 945 4,855
127 Cranfield University - 3,935 3,935
128 Abertay University 3,460 390 3,845
129 Leeds Trinity University 2,855 770 3,625
130 Open University in Northern Ireland 2,855 145 3,610
131 Arts University Bournemouth 3,195 120 3,315
132 Newman University 2,300 530 2,830
133 University of Buckingham 1,315 1,205 2,520
134 University of St Mark and St John 1,990 415 2,415
135 Royal Veterinary College[c] 1,870 500 2,375
136 Ravensbourne 2,225 55 2,280
137 Bishop Grosseteste University 1,760 465 2,225
138 Glasgow School of Art 1,585 610 2,195
139 Norwich University of the Arts 2,070 115 2,180
140 London Business School[c] - 2,060 2,060
141 Royal College of Art - 1,855 1,855
142 SRUC 1,520 100 1,620
143 Stranmillis University College 1,350 130 1,475
144 Leeds Arts University 1,390 35 1,425
145 Conservatoire for Dance and Drama 1,185 185 1,375
146 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine[c] - 1,345 1,345
147 Plymouth College of Art 1,275 40 1,315
148 Royal Agricultural University 1,030 250 1,280
149 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 845 310 1,155
150 Royal Central School of Speech and Drama[c] 675 420 1,100
151 Guildhall School of Music and Drama 640 390 1,035
152 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 765 250 1,015
153 St Mary's University College, Belfast 865 125 990
154 Royal Northern College of Music 640 315 955
155 Royal Academy of Music[c] 400 420 820
156 Royal College of Music 420 390 810
157 Writtle University College 690 85 775
158 The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 745 - 745
159 Rose Bruford College 680 45 730
160 Courtauld Institute of Art[c] 200 295 495
161 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - 435 430
162 Heythrop College[c] 110 315 425
163 Institute of Cancer Research[c] - 275 275
164 National Film and Television School - 275 275
165 University of London (Institutes and activities) - 210 210
166 University of Wales (central functions) - 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.

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