Top universities in the world: The 50 best UK universities which make the QS 2015/16 World University Rankings

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Almost 50 universities from across the UK have been identified as among the best in the world, cementing the country's reputation for education and research excellence at home and abroad.

In the annual QS Ranking, which lists the top 400 places to study globally, 10 UK institutions were ranked among the top 50, with Cambridge topping the homegrown candidates, clocking in at the third best in the world.

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Only Boston's Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard ranked ahead of the British institution, while Oxford was the second UK university on the list, coming in at number six in the world.

The list is compiled based on six aspects of university education: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student ratio, international faculty ratio, international student ratio and citations per faculty.

The UK's top 10 world ranked universities

1. University of Cambridge (3)

2. University of Oxford (6)

3. UCL (7)

4. Imperial college (8)

5. Kings College London (19)

6. University of Edinburgh (21)

7. University of Manchester (33)

8. London School of Economics (35)

9. University of Bristol (37)

10. University of Warwick (48)

A fifth of the top 50 universities in the world are based in the UK, making the country home to more than any other nation, apart from the US.

If you're wondering where to study, or how your own alma mater fairs, here are the UK universities which made the world ranking and where they were placed.

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