Top Ten Medical Universities in the United Kingdom

Updated April 17, 2017

Every year The Complete University Guide, in association with The Independent newspaper, publishes university league tables ranking U.K. universities for quality and achievement. The 2011 league table for medicine is a useful tool for students hoping to study medicine in the U.K.

1st: University of Oxford

The department of medical sciences at the University of Oxford performs consistently well in league tables and student satisfaction surveys. Students can take degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level, which include courses in anesthetics, biochemistry, cardiovascular medicine and neurology.

Medical Sciences Office John Radcliffe Hospital Headington Oxford England, United Kingdom OX3 9DU +44-1865-221-689

2nd: University of Edinburgh

The College of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland's capital city, is renowned for its modern teaching methods. The Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Bachelor of Science are available to undergraduate students, and there are many options for postgraduate study.

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine The University of Edinburgh The Queen's Medical Research Institute 47 Little France Crescent Edinburgh Scotland, United Kingdom EH16 4TJ +44-131-242-9300

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a science-based university in England's capital city, offering medical students a range of degree programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Research projects are carried out at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, National Heart and Lung Institute, Clinical Trials Unit and Department of Surgery and Cancer.

Imperial College London South Kensington Campus London England, United Kingdom SW7 2AZ +44-20-7589-5111

4th: Durham University

The School of Medicine and Health at Durham University, in partnership with Newcastle University, offers a five-year medical degree program in the northeast of England. The program is in two phases: Phase 1 involves two years of university study; Phase 2 consists of three years in work placements in a range of clinical health care settings.

Wolfson Research Institute Queen's Campus Stockton-On-Tees England, United Kingdom TS17 6BH +44-191-334-0320

5th: University of Cambridge

Prospective undergraduate students can apply for the Medicine course at the University of Cambridge. For those who already have a degree, there is an option of applying to the accelerated Graduate Medicine course, taking two years to complete instead of three. Applicants are required to sit for the Biomedical Admissions Test.

Cambridge Admissions Office University of Cambridge Fitzwilliam House 32 Trumpington Street Cambridge England, United Kingdom CB2 1QY +44-1223-333-308

6th: Newcastle University

Newcastle University, in partnership with Durham University and in association with regional National Health Service trusts, offers an undergraduate degree in medicine over four or five years. The program includes work placement in a variety of community health care settings.

Newcastle University Newcastle England, United Kingdom NE1 7RU +44-191-222-6000

7th: University of Aberdeen

The School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Aberdeen offers degree programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and places great emphasis on the research projects carried out in the Institute of Medical Sciences. The school works closely with local heath care providers to provide practical experience for students.

Medical Admissions School of Medicine and Dentistry 3rd Floor Polwarth Building Foresterhill Aberdeen Scotland, United Kingdom AB25 2ZD +44-1224-554-975

8th: Hull York Medical School

Though it is one of the youngest medical universities in the U.K., Hull York Medical School is quickly establishing itself as a high-quality provider of programs in medicine to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The school also offers a range of short professional development courses.

Hertford Building University of Hull Hull England, United Kingdom HU6 7RX +44-870-1245-500

9th: University of Birmingham

The Medical School at the University of Birmingham offers the four- or five-year MB ChB degree, the bachelor's degree in medical science, and further options for postgraduate study in the north of England.

College of Medical and Dental Sciences University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham England, United Kingdom B15 2TT +44-121-414-3858

10th: University of Glasgow

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow was established in 1637. It is one of the best medical schools in Scotland. The faculty is renowned for its research into cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Faculty of Medicine Wolfson Medical School Building University of Glasgow Scotland, United Kingdom G12 8QQ +44-141-330-5921

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