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Russell Group Universities

July 23, 2019

The second most popular study abroad destination after USA is United Kingdom. UK’s institutions are globally known for its quality of education. Along with education, UK provides with the premium stay back opportunities and high paid placement. Students majorly prefer UK over any other country for their higher education as UK degree opens doors worldwide.

Each year, 160,000 domestic and 90,000 international students, 60,000 from outside the EU, are enrolled with 300,000 students who are already enrolled in the universities of Russell. Universities of Russell or Russell Group are a group of 24 universities in the UK which aims to promote higher education and excellent teaching facilities to both domestic and international students. Founded in 1984, the universities of Russell group are awarded 2/3 of all study awards which allowed them to create a major commitment to social, economic and financial background in the U.K.

Entry Requirements

  • Those who are planning to study in one of the universities of Russell group may have to check the universities individual websites or UCAS websites as the requirement may vary course to course and universities to universities.
  • Students are required to have a good command over English level and must obtain good score in his/her IELTS test.
  • Admission offered by the Russell group is generally granted on the basis of scores of A-Levels. Students are required to obtain good grades in A-Levels.
  • The entry requirement for post graduate courses includes- undergraduate degree, three years of work experience, GMAT/GRE score, TOEFL score of at least 110 or IELTS score of at least 7.5.
  • Visa requirement- Normally, students who get selected for Russell group receives his/her visa easily.

Listening below are the number of universities which fall under the category of Russell Group

(Please note that each and every university is ranked on the basis of the United Kingdom’s top universities) 

1. University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham is ranked 13th in the UK’s top 50 universities. University of Birmingham also falls under the category of Red Brick University, a term used to describe a 19th century group of universities founded in England’s industrial cities.

2. University of Bristol

University of Bristol which was established in the year 1876, is ranked 16th in the UK’s top 50 universities. It enrols 23,300 students.

3. University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209, Cambridge is one of the oldest universities which educates 19000 students University of Cambridge is ranked 1st in the UK’s top 50 universities.

4. Cardiff University

Founded in 1833, Cardiff is one of the Britain’s Top 24 leading research universities which is also ranked as UK’s top 26th best university.

5. Durham University

Durham University ranked as 6th in the UK’s top 50 universities in the world. Established in 1832, Durham University is public research university.

6. University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh is one of the highest ranked universities in Scotland. Established in 1582, the reputation of the university helped gain the nickname Athens of the North from the townUniversity of Edinburgh is ranked as UK’s 16th ranked university.

7. University of Exeter

Established in 1955, university of Exeter combines world class research in its Exeter and Cornwall campuses, with excellent student satisfaction. It enrolls 22,085 students from all over the world. It is ranked as UK’s 11th best ranked university.

8. University of Glasgow

Established in 1451, University of Glasgow is ranked 18th in the UK’s top 50 universities. The university is particularly competitive in geography, medicine, veterinary science, performing arts, life sciences and medicine, anatomy and physiology.

9. Imperial College London

Ranked 5th in the UK’s top universities, Imperial College is a university of London which is 4th and final university which comes under the category of Global Top 10. Imperial college is a technology based institution.

10. King’s College London

University of London, KCL is ranked 25th in the UK’s top 50 universities. This university is globally renowned for its medical education and research programs.

11. University of Leeds

University of Leeds is ranked 14th in the UK’s top 50 universities. Established in 1904, this university is a member of Red Brick as well.

12. University of Liverpool

Established in 1881, University of Liverpool was originally known as Red Brick. University of Liverpool is UK’s major research intensive institution which enrols 35,000 students. It is ranked 28th in the UK’s top 50 universities.

13. London School of Economics & Political Science

Established in 1895, London school of Economics and Political Science is a university of London which rank 4th in the UK’ top universities. The major focus of LSE is political science.

14. University of Manchester

World’s largest single site university, university of Manchester is ranked 15th in the UK’s top 50 universities. It enrols 39700 students from 160 countries. Manchester has been associated with 25 Nobel Prize winners.


15. Newcastle University

A university guiding world in technology, creativity and entrepreneurship, New castle university is ranked 22nd in the UK’s top 50 universities.

16. University of Nottingham

Founded in 1881, University of Nottingham is a publish research university based in England. It is ranked 19thin the UK’s top 50 universities. The strong subjects of this university are Geography, Literature, pharmacy and pharmacology.

17. University of Oxford

Ranked 2nd in the UK’s top universities, University of oxford is the oldest university credited with highly successful alumni including 30 international leaders, 50 Nobel Peace Prize Award winners, 27 British Prime Ministers and others.

18. Queen Mary

Queen Mary, university of London is ranked 40th in the UK’s top 50 universities. Queen Mary contain over 18,000 learners from UK, Europe and abroad learning more than 200 programs in the fields of humanities, social sciences and law, medical, dentistry and engineering.

19. Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is ranked 37th in the UK’s top 50 universities. The University has a wealthy history and a credibility of producing Nobel Prize winners, world major scholars and domestic and international politicians in the past 170 years.

20. University of Sheffield

Sheffield University is a worldwide renowned research institute for its efforts, excellence, achievement and innovation. It is ranked 33rd in the UK’s top 50 universities.

21. University of Southampton

Southampton university is ranked 20th in the UK’s top 50 universities. University of Southampton is one of the founders of Russell group with large network of leading research universities. Currently, 6500 international students are studying in Southampton University.

22. University College London

Ranked 10th in the UK’s top 50 universities, UCL which is a part of the University of London, is renowned as London’s highest ranking university.

23. University of Warwick

University of Warrick which is ranked 11th in the UK’s top 50 universities, is a home to the Warrick Art Centers.

24. University of York

University of York is ranked 30th in the UK’s top 50 universities. Established in 1963, York provides education to 17000 students from all over the world. 

Russell Group’s most easily accessible University

Although every university may differ from each other when it comes to admission, university of Belfast, Cardiff, Liverpool and Queen Mary are the easiest Russell Group Universities to get into.

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