Best Computer Science Schools in the UK - University Rankings 2019

With over 2,500 Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science on our portals, the United Kingdom is easily among the most popular destinations for international students who want to figure out how to make AI sentient, how to create a YouTube competitor without annoying ads, or how to keep hackers and malware away from people’s precious data.

If you’re determined to study in Britain, here are the top 10 Computer Science schools from 4 international university rankings: World University Rankings by Times Higher Education, QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities, The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects by ShanghaiRanking, and the CSRanking.

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World University Rankings 2019 by subject: Computer Science

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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018: Computer Science & Information Systems

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • Imperial College London
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • University College London (UCL)
  • King’s College London
  • The University of Manchester
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Southampton
  • Lancaster University

The full ranking is available on the TopUniversities website.

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Computer Science & Engineering

Discover the other Computer Science schools on ShanghaiRanking.com.

Group of 3 happy university students CSRankings: Computer Science Rankings

Explore the full Computer Science ranking on CSRankings.com.

Popular subdisciplines at the best British Computer Science universities

Computer Science is a broad discipline, which includes many subjects. At the top universities in the UK, these are the most popular Computer Science specialisations:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Business Analytics
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence
  • Neurotechnology
  • Software Engineering

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How important is a Computer Science school’s ranking for employers?

Okay, we admit. It sounds great to say “I’ve studied at one of the best Computer Science universities”, but your future employers might not be that impressed. In fact, according to a study conducted by the Robert Half company, 71% of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are more interested in the skills and experience of Computer Science graduates, rather than the school.

This means you should check the curriculum of your Computer Science programme and see if it includes enough practical courses or internship opportunities. Gaining as much valuable hands-on experience as you can might make the difference between you and the other candidates on the job market.

Student reviews of the best Computer Science universities in the UK

At Studyportals, we believe that students’ opinions about academic institutions are just as important as international rankings. That’s why we encourage them to write university reviews, which help prospective students make better choices. Here are several impressions from alumni who attended some of the universities listed above.

Newcastle University graduate

“The teaching is to a high standard and there are always opportunities to meet with staff to answer any queries. The social aspect is great as there are always events taking place meaning you can meet new people, as well as in lectures and seminar groups.”

University of Glasgow graduate

“My University is among the best in the world. The staff are excellent, the programme and lectures are interesting which makes it a lot easier to learn. There is also such a great social aspect about studying at Glasgow - there are students from all different backgrounds and all walks of life which means you get to make friends with so many fascinating people.”

King’s College London graduate

“King's has been great for people who want to make a positive impact on society as there are many opportunities to start your own university society in something that interests you. It is in central London so it easy to travel to and close to lots of clubs such as Piccadilly Institute. Overall, it's a great university and I would recommend it.”

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