List of universities in the United Kingdom by enrollment

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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 sources for the figures are; the most recently published Higher Education Statistics Agency statistics, from 2013-2014. 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. The data shows that 2.3 million people were enrolled in higher education at the United Kingdom's 163 universities.

Universities and higher education institutions by size[edit]

Rank Institution Undergraduates Postgraduates Total students
- Open University[a] 138,605 12,230 150,840
1 Open University in England 112,535 10,955 123,490
- University of London[b] 65,875 46,110 111,975
2 University of Manchester 26,485 11,440 37,925
3 University of Nottingham 24,885 8,385 33,270
4 Sheffield Hallam University 25,985 7,115 33,100
5 University of Birmingham 19,185 13,150 32,335
6 Manchester Metropolitan University 26,635 5,525 32,160
7 University of Leeds 23,265 7,710 30,975
8 Cardiff University 21,495 8,685 30,180
9 University of South Wales 23,890 5,310 29,195
10 University College London 15,415 13,015 28,430
11 King's College London[c] 16,410 11,235 27,645
12 University of Edinburgh 19,015 8,605 27,625
13 Northumbria University 23,065 4,500 27,565
14 University of Glasgow 19,850 7,540 27,390
15 University of the West of England 21,500 5,545 27,050
16 University of Plymouth 23,585 3,345 26,930
17 Nottingham Trent University 21,670 5,175 26,845
18 University of Sheffield 18,590 8,010 26,600
19 University of Central Lancashire 21,995 4,590 26,585
20 Ulster University 20,335 5,865 26,200
21 University of Oxford 16,655 9,250 25,905
22 Coventry University 20,310 5,325 25,635
23 University of Hertfordshire 19,760 5,535 25,295
24 University of Warwick 14,725 10,520 25,245
25 Leeds Beckett University 20,935 3,970 24,905
26 University of Southampton 16,195 7,840 24,040
27 Queen's University Belfast 18,370 4,950 23,320
28 Kingston University 17,790 5,270 23,055
29 Birmingham City University 18,770 3,770 22,540
30 University of Newcastle 16,290 6,120 22,410
31 University of Greenwich 17,020 4,930 21,950
32 University of Portsmouth 18,380 3,520 21,900
33 University of Liverpool 16,860 4,490 21,345
34 Liverpool John Moores University 18,450 2,865 21,315
35 Anglia Ruskin University 17,290 3,410 20,700
36 University of Brighton 16,655 4,045 20,700
37 University of Westminster 15,735 4,460 20,200
38 University of Bristol 14,980 5,190 20,170
39 Staffordshire University 16,490 3,655 20,145
40 University of Strathclyde 14,040 5,920 19,960
41 Middlesex University 15,645 4,235 19,880
42 De Montfort University 16,410 3,235 19,645
43 University of Cambridge 12,155 7,425 19,580
44 University of Exeter 15,050 4,470 19,520
45 University of Huddersfield 14,965 4,210 19,175
46 University of Wolverhampton 16,160 2,940 19,100
47 University of Kent 15,200 3,805 19,010
48 University of Salford 14,910 3,575 18,485
49 London South Bank University 14,005 4,220 18,220
50 City University 9,645 8,500 18,145
51 Teesside University 16,070 1,995 18,065
52 University of Hull 14,285 3,730 18,020
53 Oxford Brookes University 13,715 4,185 17,895
54 University of Bedfordshire 12,900 4,940 17,835
55 Bournemouth University 14,910 2,825 17,735
56 Canterbury Christ Church University 13,945 3,480 17,425
57 University of Durham 12,540 4,655 17,190
58 University of East London 12,900 4,275 17,175
59 University of East Anglia 12,090 5,055 17,140
60 University of the Arts London 14,035 3,105 17,135
61 Glasgow Caledonian University 13,825 2,925 16,755
62 Edge Hill University 12,640 4,110 16,750
63 University of Leicester 10,905 5,845 16,750
64 University of York 12,695 3,985 16,680
65 London Metropolitan University 13,100 3,155 16,255
66 Imperial College London 8,885 7,340 16,225
67 University of Derby 13,365 2,820 16,185
68 University of Sunderland 12,255 3,765 16,020
69 Loughborough University 12,005 3,955 15,965
70 Birkbeck College[c] 10,805 4,740 15,545
71 Queen Mary, University of London[c] 11,200 4,220 15,420
72 University of the West of Scotland 13,630 1,650 15,280
73 Open University in Scotland 14,535 665 15,205
74 University of Dundee 10,310 4,885 15,195
75 University of Bath 10,810 4,345 15,155
76 Swansea University 12,405 2,415 14,820
77 University of Chester 10,725 4,015 14,740
78 Brunel University 10,075 4,255 14,330
79 University of Surrey 10,035 4,030 14,065
80 University of Essex 10,840 3,140 13,980
81 University of Aberdeen 10,375 3,450 13,825
82 University of Sussex 10,145 3,490 13,635
83 University of Reading 9,320 4,275 13,595
84 Robert Gordon University 9,360 4,050 13,410
85 University of Lincoln 11,210 2,190 13,400
86 Cardiff Metropolitan University 8,730 4,665 13,395
87 University of Northampton 10,975 2,315 13,285
88 University of Lancaster 9,410 3,670 13,080
89 Edinburgh Napier University 10,605 2,085 12,690
90 University of Bradford 9,775 2,730 12,505
91 Southampton Solent University 11,285 440 11,725
92 University of Wales, Trinity Saint David 9,280 2,040 11,320
93 University of West London 9,785 1,520 11,305
94 Aberystwyth University 9,560 1,610 11,170
95 University of Stirling 7,675 3,415 11,090
96 Aston University 8,130 2,855 10,985
97 Heriot-Watt University 7,315 3,575 10,895
98 Bangor University 8,030 2,615 10,645
99 University of Worcester 8,885 1,410 10,295
100 London School of Economics[c] 4,035 6,115 10,145
101 University of Keele 7,555 2,425 9,980
102 The University of St Andrews 7,610 2,125 9,735
103 Royal Holloway, University of London[c] 7,160 2,515 9,670
104 University of Cumbria 7,695 1,930 9,625
105 Buckinghamshire New University 7,990 1,095 9,080
106 Roehampton University 6,110 2,420 8,530
107 Glyndŵr University 7,100 1,305 8,405
108 Goldsmiths College[c] 5,030 3,080 8,110
109 Open University in Wales 7,650 360 8,010
110 University of Gloucestershire 6,710 1,260 7,965
111 University of the Highlands and Islands 7,000 465 7,465
112 Bath Spa University 5,220 1,990 7,210
113 University of Winchester 5,620 1,260 6,880
114 University of Bolton 5,740 1,095 6,835
115 York St John University 5,535 885 6,420
116 Liverpool Hope University 4,315 1,925 6,240
117 Institute of Education[c] 525 5,170 5,690
118 University of Chichester 4,790 845 5,635
119 St George's Hospital Medical School[c] 4,590 915 5,505
120 School of Oriental and African Studies[c] 2,975 2,435 5,415
121 University Campus Suffolk 4,885 335 5,225
122 Queen Margaret University 3,520 1,695 5,215
123 St Mary's University, Twickenham 3,895 1,270 5,165
124 University for the Creative Arts 4,825 255 5,080
125 University College Birmingham 4,510 485 4,995
126 Harper Adams University 4,415 385 4,800
127 University of Abertay Dundee 4,345 410 4,755
128 Cranfield University - 4,205 4,205
129 Open University in Northern Ireland 3,885 250 4,135
130 Falmouth University 3,715 300 4,015
131 Leeds Trinity University 2,750 570 3,320
132 Arts University Bournemouth 2,865 75 2,940
133 Newman University 2,290 605 2,895
134 University of St Mark and St John 2,215 540 2,755
135 Bishop Grosseteste University 1,730 670 2,395
136 University of Buckingham 1,260 985 2,245
137 Royal Veterinary College[c] 1,595 560 2,155
138 London Business School[c] - 1,905 1,905
139 Ravensbourne 1,815 75 1,890
140 Glasgow School of Art 1,405 420 1,825
141 Norwich University of the Arts 1,705 60 1,765
142 Royal College of Art - 1,670 1,670
143 SRUC 1,510 55 1,565
144 Stranmillis University College 1,165 360 1,525
145 Conservatoire for Dance and Drama 1,065 255 1,320
146 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine[c] - 1,250 1,250
147 St Mary's University College 860 350 1,210
148 Royal Agricultural University 955 200 1,155
149 Leeds College of Art 1,120 20 1,140
150 Central School of Speech and Drama[c] 630 355 985
151 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 685 275 965
152 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 765 160 925
153 Guildhall School of Music and Drama 535 350 890
154 Heythrop College[c] 415 385 800
155 Royal College of Music 415 375 790
156 Royal Northern College of Music 585 205 790
157 Rose Bruford College 740 30 770
158 Writtle College 770 - 770
159 Royal Academy of Music[c] 350 395 745
160 The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 720 - 720
161 Courtauld Institute of Art[c] 155 305 460
162 Institute of Cancer Research[c] - 290 290
163 University of London (Institutes and activities)[c] - 240 240

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The HESA list Open University England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each as distinct higher education providers.
  2. ^ The University of London is a confederal organisation made up of a number of constituent colleges and institutes that are listed separately.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r A constituent college of the University of London.

Statistics[edit]

  • Average: 14,105
  • Standard Deviation: 12,595

See also[edit]

References[edit]

"2013/14 Students by HE provider, level, mode and domicile" (XLSX). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 28 October 2015.