The top ten universities in Europe in 2025

The top ten universities in Europe in 2025

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By Nick Flaherty

Half the top ten universities are in world are in Europe, according to the QS World University Rankings 2025.

Imperial College is the top university in Europe, ranking at number two in the top ten universities in the world, displacing Cambridge. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains in the number one spot for the 13th year.

  • Imperial College, London
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • ETH Zurich
  • University College London (UCL)
  • PSL, France
  • EPFL Switzerland
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Technical University of Munich
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • = Kings College London

This year’s ranking is the largest ever, featuring over 1,500 universities across 105 higher education systems. The United States is the most represented country or territory, with 197 ranked institutions, followed by the United Kingdom with 90 and mainland China with 71. 

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Imperial jumps four places to take second and the University of Oxford and Harvard University are in third and fourth place respectively. The University of Cambridge rounds out the top five. Five European universities are in Europe.

Stanford in California is at number 6 and the National University of Singapore (NUS) is at 8.


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