Universities in the United Kingdom include the well-known and prestigious University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh. Lesser known universities in the UK include the City University of London and the University of Ulster.
Established as early as 1096, the University of Oxford is the top university in the United Kingdom and is ranked number five among global universities by U.S. News. As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the university also has the largest library system with over 100 libraries including the world renowned Bodleian Library. Oxford also boasts 26 Nobel prize winners among its alumni.
Ranked number two in the UK, the University of Cambridge was originally organized under the monarchy of King Henry III in 1231. Today, as the sixth-ranked global university, Cambridge University promotes education and research at the "highest international levels of excellence" according to the university's mission statement. Organized as a confederation of autonomous schools, faculties, departments and colleges, Cambridge University generally follows an educational model of small teaching groups instead of courses delivered in large lectures.
The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, ranked number five in the UK and number 37 globally, consists of three colleges: Humanities and Social Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Science and Engineering.
The less prestigious City University of London features degrees and coursework that prepare students for business and the professions. The University of Ulster in Northern Ireland features degrees in the arts, engineering, science and business.