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Welcome to the The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 league table, a definitive list of the very best UK university institutions.

Our league table below shows the best universities in the UK ranked by overall placing, student satisfaction scores, graduate career prospects, UCAS entry points, course completion rates and total points scored in 2016. Click on a university below for more details about its history and student demographics.

Rank Last year's rank University Student experience (%) Graduate prospects (%) Average Ucas entry points Completion rate (%) Total points
1 1= Cambridge 86.3 89.3 602 98.4 1000
2 1= Oxford 86.8 87.1 573 96.3 974
3 4 Imperial 87.8 91.1 568 96.5 886
4 3 St Andrews 86.8 83.3 517 95.3 876
5 6 Durham 86.7 84.4 523 96.6 860
6 8 Warwick 85.0 79.8 482 96.7 813
7 7 Exeter 87.7 79.8 463 95.7 810
8 11 Surrey 90.3 78.8 424 92.2 805
9 5 London School of Economics 78.4 78.5 533 94.8 802
10 9 University College London 81.3 83.1 502 94.6 800
11 12 Lancaster 85.4 82.5 436 93.5 799
12 10 Bath 87.0 85.2 479 96.1 792
13 13 Loughborough 89.3 83.7 397 93.2 791
14 17 Leeds 88.0 78.4 431 93.5 779
15 16 York 86.6 76.0 437 94.3 756
16 18 Southampton 86.5 78.1 411 92.5 755
17 15 Birmingham 84.2 86.7 426 94.8 751
18 14 East Anglia 88.8 70.3 408 91.9 743
19 25 Sussex 85.0 84.1 386 92.9 738
20 19 Bristol 81.5 79.6 487 96.6 720
21 21 Sheffield 87.2 75.7 428 94.4 718
22 22= Edinburgh 82.4 78.6 484 91.3 716
23= 22= Newcastle 88.4 79.1 424 95.1 713
23= 30 Kent 85.4 76.7 363 90.7 713
25 22= Nottingham 83.9 81.3 428 93.2 710
26 26 Glasgow 86.9 79.3 470 88.4 704
27 29 King's College London 79.7 85.7 455 92.8 699
28= 28 Manchester 84.7 78.5 435 92.9 695
28= 20 Leicester 84.4 72.1 386 92.5 695
30 34= Aston 87.9 78.8 369 90.9 693
31 38 Queen's Belfast 87.3 78.7 385 91.0 688
32 33 Reading 85.8 70.3 373 92.3 687
33 27 Cardiff 86.0 80.1 426 93.4 685
34 37 Queen Mary London 83.3 73.3 411 91.2 681
35 32 Essex 88.0 64.1 313 85.6 674
36 34= Royal Holloway 84.1 62.7 398 92.3 673
37 45 Dundee 87.1 80.0 410 86.0 669
38= 48 Buckingham 88.4 83.4 304 86.3 663
38= 41 Heriot-Watt 84.2 78.1 413 87.4 663
38= 36 Liverpool 83.4 76.1 404 91.3 663
41= 43 Swansea 86.5 81.4 326 89.7 661
41= 46 City 85.6 78.9 379 86.0 661
43 40 Keele 90.2 76.1 358 90.8 653
44 31 Soas 80.8 68.3 407 80.7 648
45 44 Aberdeen 83.7 76.2 446 84.1 640
46 39 Strathclyde 85.6 72.0 476 87.6 637
47 42 Coventry 89.3 74.2 310 85.8 622
48 - St George's 81.6 93.4 418 92.7 620
49 63 Harper Adams 89.3 73.3 331 90.6 607
50 53 Stirling 82.3 73.3 375 85.7 596