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 2015/16.[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 2.28 million people were enrolled in higher education at the 166 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 68,845 165,280
- Open University[b] 119,155 7,465 126,210
1 Open University in England 94,900 6,590 101,490
2 University of Manchester 27,635 12,065 39,700
3 University College London[c] 17,910 19,225 37,135
4 University of Birmingham 21,495 12,335 33,830
5 Manchester Metropolitan University 26,835 5,650 32,485
6 University of Nottingham 23,935 8,185 32,125
7 University of Leeds 23,565 8,225 31,790
8 Sheffield Hallam University 24,705 6,775 31,485
9 Cardiff University 21,905 8,775 30,675
10 University of Edinburgh 20,930 9,425 30,355
11 Coventry University 23,465 5,960 29,430
12 King's College London[c] 17,770 11,130 28,900
13 University of Sheffield 19,555 8,370 27,925
14 Nottingham Trent University 22,840 5,080 27,920
15 University of the West of England 21,070 6,650 27,715
16 University of Glasgow 19,230 7,990 27,220
17 Northumbria University 22,415 4,750 27,165
18 Leeds Beckett University 21,465 4,455 25,920
19 University of South Wales 20,840 4,425 25,265
20 Ulster University 19,865 5,290 25,155
21 University of Southampton 17,485 7,390 24,875
22 University of Oxford 14,715 10,145 24,860
23 University of Liverpool 19,595 5,185 24,775
24 University of Warwick 15,380 9,285 24,665
25 University of Hertfordshire 19,010 5,645 24,655
26 University of Central Lancashire 20,180 4,280 24,460
27 Birmingham City University 19,715 4,345 24,065
28 Queen's University Belfast 18,960 4,910 23,870
29 Newcastle University 17,720 6,070 23,795
30 University of Plymouth 20,080 3,075 23,155
31 University of Portsmouth 18,745 3,315 22,060
32 University of Bristol 16,730 5,175 21,905
33 Liverpool John Moores University 18,375 3,500 21,875
34 University of Exeter 17,375 4,295 21,670
35 University of Strathclyde 14,965 6,505 21,470
36 University of Brighton 17,170 3,965 21,135
37 Anglia Ruskin University 17,270 3,665 20,935
38 De Montfort University 17,140 3,765 20,905
39 Kingston University 16,275 4,610 20,885
40 University of Greenwich 16,045 4,600 20,645
41 University of Salford 15,725 4,790 20,520
42 University of Westminster 16,035 4,160 20,195
43 University of Wolverhampton 16,755 3,035 19,790
44 University of Kent 15,610 4,055 19,670
45 University of Cambridge 12,220 7,440 19,660
46 University of Huddersfield 14,805 4,470 19,270
47 Middlesex University 14,435 4,670 19,110
48 Bournemouth University 15,225 3,820 19,045
49 City, University of London[c] 9,830 9,170 18,995
50 Teesside University 16,340 2,240 18,575
51 University of the Arts London 14,800 3,405 18,205
52 Oxford Brookes University 13,905 3,935 17,840
53 University of Leicester 11,505 6,315 17,825
54 University of Durham 13,265 4,545 17,810
55 London South Bank University 12,620 4,985 17,605
56 Swansea University 14,680 2,765 17,445
57 University of York 13,090 4,065 17,155
58 Queen Mary, University of London[c] 12,385 4,750 17,140
59 Imperial College London 9,240 7,795 17,035
60 Loughborough University 12,725 4,225 16,950
61 Glasgow Caledonian University 13,800 2,780 16,580
62 University of Hull 13,515 2,785 16,305
63 University of Derby 13,375 2,925 16,300
64 University of Bath 12,090 4,065 16,155
65 University of East Anglia 11,645 4,495 16,145
66 Canterbury Christ Church University 13,115 2,935 16,055
67 Staffordshire University 13,600 2,260 15,860
68 University of the West of Scotland 13,410 2,145 15,555
69 Edge Hill University 11,995 3,545 15,540
70 University of Sussex 10,940 4,215 15,155
71 University of Surrey 10,995 4,055 15,050
72 University of Reading 10,315 4,665 14,980
73 University of Chester 10,830 4,085 14,915
74 University of Dundee 10,120 4,790 14,910
75 Open University in Scotland 14,195 470 14,665
76 University of Bedfordshire 10,945 3,455 14,400
77 Brunel University London 9,855 4,310 14,165
78 University of Aberdeen 9,960 4,045 14,000
79 University of Essex 10,790 3,005 13,795
80 University of East London 10,300 3,330 13,630
81 University of Lincoln 11,420 2,055 13,475
82 Lancaster University 9,500 3,615 13,115
83 University of Sunderland 10,575 2,425 12,995
84 University of Northampton 10,670 2,315 12,985
85 London Metropolitan University 9,945 2,915 12,865
86 Robert Gordon University 8,995 3,755 12,755
87 Edinburgh Napier University 10,360 2,225 12,585
88 Cardiff Metropolitan University 9,220 3,360 12,580
89 Aston University 10,050 2,445 12,495
90 Birkbeck, University of London[c] 8,200 4,045 12,245
91 University of Stirling 8,585 3,255 11,840
92 Southampton Solent University 10,885 405 11,285
93 University of Bradford 8,395 2,815 11,215
94 The University of St Andrews 8,035 2,710 10,745
95 Bangor University 8,240 2,390 10,630
96 Heriot-Watt University 7,135 3,325 10,460
97 University of Worcester 8,865 1,595 10,455
98 London School of Economics[c] 4,700 5,740 10,440
99 University of West London 9,050 1,360 10,410
100 Keele University 7,915 2,205 10,120
101 Royal Holloway, University of London[c] 7,475 2,510 9,985
102 University of Wales, Trinity Saint David 8,420 1,510 9,930
103 University of Cumbria 6,995 1,795 8,790
104 Aberystwyth University 7,690 1,070 8,755
105 Roehampton University 7,050 1,700 8,750
106 Buckinghamshire New University 7,600 980 8,580
107 Goldsmiths College[c] 5,655 2,870 8,525
108 University of the Highlands and Islands 7,930 485 8,415
109 University of Gloucestershire 6,495 1,340 7,835
110 Bath Spa University 5,785 1,845 7,630
111 University of Winchester 6,125 1,415 7,540
112 Open University in Wales 6,470 255 6,730
113 Wrexham Glyndŵr University 6,010 650 6,660
114 University of Bolton 5,185 1,135 6,320
115 School of Oriental and African Studies[c] 3,220 2,850 6,070
116 York St John University 5,265 715 5,980
117 St George's, University of London[c] 5,090 835 5,925
118 Harper Adams University 4,985 595 5,575
119 St Mary's University, Twickenham 4,120 1,415 5,535
120 University of Chichester 4,675 845 5,520
121 Queen Margaret University 3,655 1,625 5,285
122 University of Suffolk 4,640 390 5,030
123 University College Birmingham 4,570 455 5,025
124 Liverpool Hope University 3,935 1,005 4,940
125 University for the Creative Arts 4,500 305 4,805
126 Falmouth University 4,410 240 4,655
127 Abertay University 3,690 320 4,005
128 Cranfield University - 3,980 3,980
129 Open University in Northern Ireland 3,590 150 3,735
130 Leeds Trinity University 2,865 850 3,715
131 Arts University Bournemouth 3,150 90 3,240
132 Newman University 2,250 560 2,810
133 University of Buckingham 1,210 1,190 2,400
134 University of St Mark and St John 2,000 360 2,365
135 Royal Veterinary College[c] 1,765 525 2,290
136 Bishop Grosseteste University 1,855 385 2,235
137 Ravensbourne 2,110 80 2,190
138 London Business School[c] - 2,075 2,075
139 Glasgow School of Art 1,520 540 2,060
140 Norwich University of the Arts 1,920 75 1,995
141 Royal College of Art - 1,610 1,610
142 SRUC 1,525 55 1,580
143 Stranmillis University College 1,280 160 1,440
144 Leeds College of Art 1,290 30 1,320
145 Conservatoire for Dance and Drama 1,085 225 1,310
146 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine[c] - 1,210 1,210
147= Royal Agricultural University 965 235 1,200
147= Plymouth College of Art 1,190 10 1,200
149 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 815 270 1,080
150 Royal Central School of Speech and Drama[c] 655 390 1,045
151 St Mary's University College, Belfast 875 165 1,040
152 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 730 255 985
153 Guildhall School of Music and Drama 575 355 930
154 Royal Northern College of Music 610 290 905
155 Royal College of Music 435 375 810
156 Writtle University College 750 55 805
157= Rose Bruford College 700 55 760
157= Royal Academy of Music[c] 375 385 760
159 The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 720 - 720
160 Heythrop College[c] 225 335 560
161 Courtauld Institute of Art[c] 180 330 505
162 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - 425 425
163 Institute of Cancer Research[c] - 275 275
164 National Film and Television School - 240 240
165 University of London (Institutes and activities) - 195 195
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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015/16 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (XLSX). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  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.