List of Recognized Universities in the UK

Updated July 20, 2017

Universities in the United Kingdom have an enviable reputation for providing quality higher education. To maintain this quality, only government-authorised universities and colleges are permitted to award degrees. Such institutions allowed to offer degrees under their own awarding powers are known as Recognised Bodies. Those awarding under the authority of another institution are called Listed Bodies. The UK Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) maintains a list of all recognised UK universities.

UK Universities A-B

Full-time undergraduate courses in the UK last from one to four years, depending on the type of course.

A Aberystwyth University Anglia Ruskin University Aston University University of Aberdeen University of Abertay Dundee University of the Arts, London

B Bangor University (Prifysgol Bangor) Bath Spa University Birmingham City University Bournemouth University Brunel University Buckinghamshire New University The University of Bolton University of Bath University of Bedfordshire University of Birmingham University of Bradford University of Brighton University of Bristol University of Buckingham

UK Universities C-D

UK universities offer thousands of courses on subjects as diverse as social science, business, art, design and computing.

C Canterbury Christ Church University Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd) City University Coventry University Cranfield University The University of Chichester University for the Creative Arts University of Cambridge University of Central Lancashire University of Chester University of Cumbria

D De Montfort University University of Derby University of Dundee University of Durham

UK Universities E-G

UK foundation degrees are equivalent to the first part of a degree and typically last for two years.

E Edge Hill University Edinburgh Napier University University of East Anglia University of East London University of Edinburgh University of Essex University of Exeter

F No universities listed at DIUS began with the letter "F" as of June, 2010.

G Glasgow Caledonian University Glynd┼Ár University University of Glamorgan University of Glasgow University of Gloucestershire University of Greenwich

UK Universities H-K

Most UK universities and colleges employ specialist international advisers that can answer specific questions on studying in the UK.

H Heriot-Watt University University of Hertfordshire University of Huddersfield University of Hull

| Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (known also as Imperial College London)

J No universities listed at DIUS began with the letter "J" as of June, 2010.

K Kingston University University of Keele University of Kent

UK Universities L-N

The majority of UK university master's degrees and MBAs only last one year compared to two in many other countries.

L Leeds Metropolitan University Liverpool Hope University Liverpool John Moores University London Metropolitan University London South Bank University Loughborough University University of Lancaster University of Leeds University of Leicester University of Lincoln University of Liverpool University of London

M Middlesex University The Manchester Metropolitan University University of Manchester

N Nottingham Trent University The University of Northampton University of Newcastle upon Tyne University of Northumbria at Newcastle University of Nottingham

UK Universities O-S

The Open University (OU) is the UK's only distance-learning university.

O Open University Oxford Brookes University University of Oxford

P University of Plymouth University of Portsmouth

Q Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh The Queen's University of Belfast

R Roehampton University The Robert Gordon University University of Reading

S Sheffield Hallam University Southampton Solent University Staffordshire University Swansea Metropolitan University Swansea University University of Salford University of Sheffield University of Southampton University of St Andrews University of Stirling University of Strathclyde University of Sunderland University of Surrey University of Sussex

UK Universities T-Z

It is an offence in the UK to offer a degree qualification unless the organisation making the offer is recognised by the UK authorities.

T Thames Valley University University of Teesside

U University of Ulster

V No universities listed at DIUS began with the letter "V" as of June, 2010.

W The University of Winchester University of the West of England, Bristol University of the West of Scotland University of Wales (Prifysgol Cymru) University of Warwick University of Westminster University of Wolverhampton University of Worcester

X No universities listed at DIUS began with the letter "X" as of June, 2010.

Y York St. John University University of York

Z No universities listed at DIUS began with the letter "Z" as of June, 2010.

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Based in rural Kent, England, Mike Davis has written since 1995 on subjects as diverse as motorcyling, sewing, pyrotechnics and didgeridoos. In addition to various online sites, his articles have appeared in "Null Hypothesis" magazine and in the books "Defining Moments in Science" and "Little Black Book of Science."