The Centre for World University Rankings has compiled a list of the world's top universities Getty

An international university-ranking system has revealed the top places to study in the UK and around the world, with 65 British institutions making it to the top 1,000.

The list, compiled by the Centre for World University Rankings, shows the UK's top 10 institutions have all featured within the world's top 140.

Cambridge and Oxford once again illustrate the UK's ability to punch above its weight in terms of higher education, with the elite institutions ranking fourth and fifth in the world respectively.

The rest of the world top 10 is dominated by US universities. Harvard, Stanford and MIT are ranked by the centre as the top three universities in the world.

In the homegrown battle for the UK top 10, the University of Nottingham pipped the universities of Southampton and Birmingham for 10th place, rising two places on last year's rankings.

The list is based predominantly on quality of education, alumni employment and quality of faculty. The number of publications published by the institutions, their influence, patents, citations and broader impact are also considered, but with a lesser weighting.

The UK top 10:

University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge came first in the rankings
  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of Oxford
  3. University College London
  4. Imperial College London
  5. University of Edinburgh
  6. University of Manchester
  7. King's College London
  8. University of Bristol
  9. University of Glasgow
  10. University of Nottingham

The world top 10:

Harvard University
Harvard University in the US has been recognised as the best in the world in this year's rankings Reuters
  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  4. University of Cambridge
  5. University of Oxford
  6. Columbia University
  7. University of California, Berkley
  8. University of Chicago
  9. Princeton University
  10. Yale University

The world top 10 (excluding the US and UK):

University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo was placed as the best university in the world outside of the UK and the US Wikipedia Commons
  1. University of Tokyo
  2. Kyoto University
  3. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
  4. Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  5. Seoul National University
  6. University of Toronto
  7. Keio University
  8. École normale supérieure Paris
  9. École Polytechnique
  10. Weizmann Institute of Science