Best Universities for Literature in Europe

Below is the list of best universities in Europe ranked based on their research performance in Literature. A graph of 176K citations received by 50.6K academic papers made by 291 universities in Europe was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with an official site as it's constantly changing data.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and therefore prefers institutions researching arts through computer science.

  1. For Literature

    University of Oxford logo
    Acceptance Rate
    18%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1096
  2. For Literature

    University of Cambridge logo
    Acceptance Rate
    21%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1209
  3. For Literature

    University of Birmingham logo
    Acceptance Rate
    74%
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1900
  4. For Literature

    King's College London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    13%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1829
  5. For Literature

    University of Edinburgh logo
    Acceptance Rate
    51%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1583
  6. For Literature

    University of Exeter logo
    Acceptance Rate
    7%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1955
  7. For Literature

    Durham University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    41%
    Enrollment
    17,707
    Founded
    1832
  8. For Literature

    University of York logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1963
  9. For Literature

    University of Glasgow logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1451
  10. For Literature

    University College London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    63%
    Enrollment
    42,000
    Founded
    1826
  11. For Literature

    University of Bristol logo
    Acceptance Rate
    68%
    Enrollment
    23,590
    Founded
    1909
  12. For Literature

    University of London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    63%
    Enrollment
    170,000
    Founded
    1836
  13. For Literature

    University of Leeds logo
    Acceptance Rate
    76%
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1904
  14. For Literature

    University of Warwick logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Enrollment
    27,000
    Founded
    1965
  15. For Literature

    University of Nottingham logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1948
  16. For Literature

    University of Manchester logo
    Acceptance Rate
    59%
    Enrollment
    42,500
    Founded
    1824
  17. For Literature

    Lancaster University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    64%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1964
  18. For Literature

    University of Reading logo
    Acceptance Rate
    58%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1892
  19. For Literature

    University of Sheffield logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1905
  20. For Literature

    University of St Andrews logo
    Acceptance Rate
    9%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1413
  21. For Literature

    Queen Mary University of London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    44%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1989
  22. For Literature

    Catholic University of Leuven logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1425
  23. For Literature

    Birkbeck, University of London logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1823
  24. For Literature

    University of Sussex logo
    Acceptance Rate
    83%
    Enrollment
    17,319
    Founded
    1961
  25. For Literature

    Cardiff University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    73%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1997
  26. For Literature

    Leiden University logo
    Enrollment
    27,713
    Founded
    1575
  27. For Literature

    University of Copenhagen logo
    Acceptance Rate
    37%
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1479
  28. For Literature

    University of Liege logo
    Enrollment
    17,000
    Founded
    1817
  29. For Literature

    Complutense University of Madrid logo
    Acceptance Rate
    77%
    Enrollment
    71,806
    Founded
    1508
  30. For Literature

    Royal Holloway, University of London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    17%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1849
  31. For Literature

    University of Amsterdam logo
    Acceptance Rate
    4%
    Enrollment
    31,123
    Founded
    1632
  32. For Literature

    Aarhus University logo
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1928
  33. For Literature

    University of Liverpool logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Enrollment
    28,693
    Founded
    1881
  34. For Literature

    Newcastle University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    87%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1963
  35. For Literature

    Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin logo
    Acceptance Rate
    34%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1592
  36. For Literature

    University of Helsinki logo
    Acceptance Rate
    17%
    Enrollment
    31,312
    Founded
    1640
  37. For Literature

    SOAS, University of London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    63%
    Enrollment
    8,200
    Founded
    1916
  38. For Literature

    University of East Anglia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    81%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1963
  39. For Literature

    University of Southampton logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    21,335
    Founded
    1952
  40. For Literature

    University of Oslo logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    27,505
    Founded
    1811
  41. For Literature

    University of Kent logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1965
  42. For Literature

    University of Leicester logo
    Acceptance Rate
    72%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1957
  43. For Literature

    Ghent University logo
    Enrollment
    41,669
    Founded
    1817
  44. For Literature

    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    Acceptance Rate
    67%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1904
  45. For Literature

    University College Dublin logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1854
  46. For Literature

    University of Roehampton logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    2004
  47. For Literature

    Free University of Berlin logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    33,000
    Founded
    1948
  48. For Literature

    Jagiellonian University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    41,661
    Founded
    1364
  49. For Literature

    University of Bergen logo
    Acceptance Rate
    29%
    Enrollment
    16,900
    Founded
    1946
  50. For Literature

    National Research University Higher School of Economics logo
    Acceptance Rate
    19%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1992
  51. For Literature

    Sapienza University of Rome logo
    Enrollment
    100,155
    Founded
    1303
  52. For Literature

    Utrecht University logo
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1636
  53. For Literature

    Loughborough University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    68%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1966
  54. For Literature

    Queen's University Belfast logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1849
  55. For Literature

    Adam Mickiewicz University logo
    Enrollment
    43,200
    Founded
    1919
  56. For Literature

    University of Zurich logo
    Acceptance Rate
    19%
    Enrollment
    25,732
  57. For Literature

    University of Warsaw logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    42,700
    Founded
    1816
  58. For Literature

    De Montfort University logo
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1992
  59. For Literature

    University of Vienna logo
    Enrollment
    93,628
    Founded
    1365
  60. For Literature

    Radboud University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1923
  61. For Literature

    University of Munich logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    50,918
    Founded
    1472
  62. For Literature

    Heidelberg University - Germany logo
    Acceptance Rate
    17%
    Enrollment
    28,413
    Founded
    1386
  63. For Literature

    University of Ljubljana logo
    Enrollment
    37,874
    Founded
    1919
  64. For Literature

    Normal Superior School logo
    Enrollment
    2,400
    Founded
    1794
  65. For Literature

    University of Essex logo
    Acceptance Rate
    74%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1964
  66. For Literature

    Nottingham Trent University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1992
  67. For Literature

    University of Aberdeen logo
    Acceptance Rate
    78%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1495
  68. For Literature

    University of Bologna logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    79,999
    Founded
    1088
  69. For Literature

    Keele University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1962
  70. For Literature

    Autonomous University of Barcelona logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    26,467
  71. For Literature

    Swansea University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1920
  72. For Literature

    University of Stirling logo
    Acceptance Rate
    20%
    Enrollment
    14,000
    Founded
    1967
  73. For Literature

    University of Hull logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1954
  74. For Literature

    University of Groningen logo
    Enrollment
    32,700
    Founded
    1614
  75. For Literature

    Uppsala University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1477
  76. For Literature

    University of Milan logo
    Acceptance Rate
    90%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1924
  77. For Literature

    University of Barcelona logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    63,617
  78. For Literature

    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens logo
    Enrollment
    70,461
    Founded
    1837
  79. For Literature

    University of Valencia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    58,390
  80. For Literature

    Aberystwyth University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    94%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1872
  81. For Literature

    Stockholm University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    24%
    Enrollment
    33,147
    Founded
    1878
  82. For Literature

    Autonomous University of Madrid logo
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1968
  83. For Literature

    University of Salford logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1967
  84. For Literature

    University of Gothenburg logo
    Acceptance Rate
    12%
    Enrollment
    49,150
    Founded
    1891
  85. For Literature

    University of Geneva logo
    Acceptance Rate
    21%
    Enrollment
    17,744
  86. For Literature

    Aalborg University logo
    Enrollment
    20,353
    Founded
    1974
  87. For Literature

    University of Santiago de Compostela logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1495
  88. For Literature

    University of Granada logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1531
  89. For Literature

    University College Cork logo
    Enrollment
    21,894
    Founded
    1845
  90. For Literature

    University of Alicante logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1979
  91. For Literature

    Manchester Metropolitan University logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1992
  92. For Literature

    University of Turin logo
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1404
  93. For Literature

    University of Antwerp logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    2003
  94. For Literature

    University of Saragossa logo
    Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    1542
  95. For Literature

    University of Freiburg logo
    Acceptance Rate
    33%
    Enrollment
    24,391
    Founded
    1457
  96. For Literature

    University of Hertfordshire logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1992
  97. For Literature

    Eotvos Lorand University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    20%
    Enrollment
    2,800
    Founded
    1635
  98. For Literature

    University of Cologne logo
    Enrollment
    49,382
    Founded
    1388
  99. For Literature

    University of Turku logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    20,323
    Male:Female
    38:62
    Founded
    1920
  100. For Literature

    University of Gottingen logo
    Enrollment
    31,619
    Founded
    1734