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Top PhD Universities & Programs in the UK

| June 1, 2013

Business related doctorate programmes are popular choices not only in the UK but also in many countries. Some of the top business research concentrations are the following:[1]Accounting

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  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management Science and Operations
  • Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Aside from business courses, science-related graduate research programmes are also very popular in the UK. This includes clinical medicine, all engineering disciplines, and bio and physical sciences.

For international students studying in the UK, the most popular graduate subjects are:[2]

  • Economics and Politics
  • Business and Management
  • Mathematics and Computing
  • Sciences and Engineering
  • Education
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Art and Design

Other special research areas that are gaining popularity with international students include Islamic and other religious studies, international politics and history with special regional focus, English, and linguistics.

The UK has several universities which offer various PhD programmes. Some of its universities are known to be the best in the world for earning doctorate degrees and PhDs.

  • University of Cambridge
    • The University of Cambridge is one of the leading universities in the world that offers doctorate degrees in a wide range of subjects such as chemical engineering, developmental biology, etc. The main objective of their PhD programme is to analyse the quality of the research project and produce efficient results. [3]
    • The University of Cambridge has a reputation for outstanding academic achievement that is known world-wide and is reflective of the intellectual achievement of its students. The university if also known for the original research carried out by its professional staff. The high standards of the university are a result of its learning opportunities and its extensive resources, which include libraries, museums and other sources.[4]
  • University of Oxford
    • Oxford is the first English speaking university in the world. It possesses world-class learning, instructing and research centres. The university offers PhD programmes in the Humanities, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, Infection, Immunology, and Translational Medicine.[5]
    • Oxford is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research. The university attracts scholars and students from all over the world. More than 130 nationalities are represented among the university’s student population. Oxford is also one of Europe’s most innovative and entrepreneurial universities. It leads the way in terms of creating jobs, wealth and innovation.  It is also a leader for knowledge transfer and commercial spin-offs.[6]
  • University of Edinburgh
    • Edinburgh is among the top universities in the world. It provides doctorate programs in Sociology, Film, Accounting, Economics and Management, Architecture, etc.[7]
    • The University of Edinburgh has exceptional staff and facilities. Due to its partnerships with other key international institutions, many of its degree programmes provide the opportunity for exchange studies abroad. The university offers more than 600 first degree programmes, including over 300 joint degree combinations, spread across 100 academic disciplines.[8]
  • University of Glasgow
    • The University of Glasgow was established in 1451 and is one of the oldest universities in Scotland. It offers a wide range of research opportunities in various fields. Doctorate research can be done in Arts, Archaeology, Biomedicine, Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, Cancer Sciences, Electrocardiology, etc.[9]
    • The University of Glasgow offers a broad choice of subjects. Students can choose from a wide array of degree programmes. The university provides flexibility to students to address their special needs.[10]
  • University College London (UCL)
    • UCL is a public research university which offers doctorate degrees in various fields including Arts and Humanities, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Laws, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Social and Historical Sciences, etc.[11]
    • UCL is consistently ranked as one of the top multi-faculty universities in the UK and is often featured as one of the best universities in global rankings. UCL is a multi-disciplinary university and is internationally recognized for the quality of its teaching and research programmes.[12]

The Complete University Guide (CUG) annually publishes rankings of the top universities in the world. In 2013, the top universities in the UK are as follows:[13]

University League Table 2013: United Kingdom

CUG Rank

University Name

Entry Standards

Student Satisfaction

Research Assessment

Graduate Prospects

Overall Score

2013

2012

1

1

Cambridge

593

4.2

2.98

84.4

1000

2

4

London School of Economics

526

4.0

2.96

87.8

996

3

2

Oxford

572

4.2

2.96

79.8

995

4

3

Imperial College London

553

3.9

2.94

87.1

959

5

5

Durham

501

4.1

2.72

78.5

912

6

6

St Andrews

515

4.2

2.72

74.1

855

6

8

Warwick

496

4.0

2.80

77.6

855

8

7

University College London

495

4.0

2.84

79.9

847

9

9

Lancaster

409

4.0

2.71

73.6

841

10

10

Bath

457

4.1

2.71

79.1

824

 

Maximum Scores:

Student Satisfaction                       5.00

Research Assessment                    4.00

Entry Standards                                                N/A

Student Staff Ratio                          N/A

Academic Services Spend             N/A

Facilities spend                                 N/A

Good Honours                                  100.0

Graduate Prospects                        100.0

Completion                                        100.0

Overall Score                                     1000.0



[1] London Business School. (2013). PhD Programme. Available: http://www.london.edu/programmes/phdprogramme.html . Last accessed 28th Mar 2013.

[2] Top Universities. (2013). UK Graduate Study: Why so popular? Available: http://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/europe/united-kingdom/uk-graduate-study-why-so-popular. Last accessed 28th Mar 2013.

[3] IndoBase Study Abroad. (2012). PhD in UK. Available:  http://www.indobase.com/study-abroad/countries/uk/phd-in-uk.html. Last accessed 28th Mar 2013.

[4] Top Universities. (2013). University of Cambridge. Available: http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-cambridge. Last accessed 4thMay 2013.

[5] IndoBase Study Abroad. (2012). PhD in UK. Available:  http://www.indobase.com/study-abroad/countries/uk/phd-in-uk.html. Last accessed 28th Mar 2013.

[6] Top Universities. (2013). University of Oxford. Available: http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-oxford. Last accessed 4th May 2013.

[7] IndoBase Study Abroad. (2012). PhD in UK. Available:  http://www.indobase.com/study-abroad/countries/uk/phd-in-uk.html. Last accessed 28th Mar 2013.

[8] Top Universities. (2013). University of Edinburgh. Available: http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-edinburgh. Last accessed 4th May 2013.

[9] IndoBase Study Abroad. (2012). PhD in UK. Available:  http://www.indobase.com/study-abroad/countries/uk/phd-in-uk.html. Last accessed 28th Mar 2013.

[10] Top Universities. (2013). University of Glasgow. Available: http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/university-glasgow. Last accessed 4th May 2013.

[11] IndoBase Study Abroad. (2012). PhD in UK. Available:  http://www.indobase.com/study-abroad/countries/uk/phd-in-uk.html. Last accessed 28th Mar 2013.

[12] Top Universities. (2013). UCL (University College London). Available: http://www.topuniversities.com/universities/ucl-university-college-london. Last accessed 4th May 2013.

[13] The Complete University Guide. (2013). University League Table 2013. Available: Last accessed 4th May 2013.http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings. Last accessed 28th Mar 2013.

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