Dating back to the 12th century, the University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Its academic excellence is renowned the world over, and whilst the university has numerous strengths, it is particularly recognised for the calibre of its science programmes. It was recently ranked number one in the world for medicine and among the top ten universities globally for life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences.

Key Facts


  • #2 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #1 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022
  • #1 of all universities globally in the Times Higher Education World rankings 2022
  • #1 in the Complete University Guide 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 14,906

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • over 10,000

Year founded

  • 1167

  • The university is largely based in and around Oxford’s medieval city centre, and comprises 44 colleges and halls. It has over 100 libraries, making it the largest library system in the UK.
  • Oxford's alumni network includes 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Gandhi, Bill Clinton and 26 of the UK’s Prime Ministers among them).
  • The university is associated with 11 winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, five in physics and 16 in medicine. 
  • Other notable alumni include Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, and Stephen Hawking. The actors Hugh Grant and Rosamund Pike also went to Oxford, as did the writers Oscar Wilde and Graham Greene.
Areas of recognition

The current Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Oxford 1st for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health, 2nd for Engineering and Social Sciences globally. It is also ranked 3rd for Life Sciences and Law, 4th for Business and Economics, and Arts and Humanities, and 8th for Physical Sciences.

Within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, Oxford is 1st in the UK for Anatomy and Physiology, Art and Design, Mathematics, Materials Technology, Medicine and Psychology.

It has further top 5 rankings for Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Business, Management and Marketing, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, East and South East Asian Studies, English, Economics, French, General Engineering, German, Geology, Geography and Environmental Science, History, History of Art, Law, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Physics and Astronomy, Russian and Theology.

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