The results are in: the UK’s top universities for graduate employment revealed

If you are still at school and considering your university application, these rankings (published in The Times and Sunday Times’ Good Education Guide for 2018) are a great resource to aid in your decision making process. If you’re already a student, check out the list below to see if your university made the cut…

Whilst the overall league tables are fairly consistent from year to year, with Oxbridge and other prestigious universities taking the top spots, when looking at the rankings purely from an employability perspective, you may be surprised at some of those that make the list.

Rankings for graduate prospects are based on the percentage of students from each university that secured a graduate job (or place in further education) within six months of graduating. The 17 UK universities that produced the most employable graduates, and their associated percentage, are revealed below.

   1. St George’s University London (93.6%)

Though it places just 75th in the overall rankings, students from this medical school have no problem in securing employment straight after graduation.

   2. Imperial College London (90.7%) 

   3. University of Cambridge (87.5%)

Cambridge secured the top spot in the Sunday Times’ guide overall for the fifth year in a row. It’s hardly surprising that the university ranks so highly in terms of employability when 92.1% of its students achieve a first or 2:1. The only institute to beat this is Oxford – who makes an appearance a little further down this list…

   4. London School of Economics and Political Science (87.1%)

Despite being rated the worst in the country for student experience, 87% of LSE graduates still manage to land a job within their desired field within 6 months of graduating. They are also noted to be the highest-paid in the country after five years, with a quarter of economics graduates earning more than £120,000.

   5. University of Birmingham (86.4%)

   6. University of Oxford (85.3%)

Maintaining its position as the country’s second best university overall for the fifth year in a row.

   7. University of Bath (85.2%)

   8. University of Dundee (85.1%)

   9. Lancaster University (84.9%)

Crowned the Sunday Times Good Education Guide’s University of the Year, Lancaster University jumped up three places overall for 2018, rising to sixth place.

=10. Durham University (84.1%)

=10. University of Exeter (84.1%)

=10. King’s College London (84.1%)

   13. University of Nottingham (83.3%)

   14. University of Glasgow (83%)

=15. University of Sheffield (82.6%)

=15. University of Kent (82.6%)

=15. Swansea University (82.6%)

The guide doesn’t just rank universities on graduate employability; you can also use it to compare institutions on student satisfaction, teaching quality, research and much more.

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