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Imperial College London is rated as one of the world’s best universities.

This page shows a selection of recent rankings from the UK and worldwide. For more detailed subject-based information, visit our full listing of League Tables.

Rankings do not drive us – people do. Imperial is focused on offering the best possible education, conducting high-quality research and innovating to make the world a better place. While we are always pleased when our performance is reflected in league tables, we recognise that rankings have their flaws and do not fully reflect the richness of what we do. Our placing in the rankings is a by-product of our work to nurture an environment where our staff and students are valued and can thrive. 


League tables

Global rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

  • 3rd in Europe
  • 8th in the world

QS World University Rankings 2024

  • 3rd in Europe
  • 6th in the world

Academic Ranking of Top 500 World Universities 2023

  • 6th in Europe
  • 23rd in the world

US News Best Global Universities 2022-2023

  • 4th in Europe
  • 13th in the world

Learn more about our league table rankings

UK rankings

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

  • University of the Year for graduate employment
  • 1st for research quality
  • 5th in the UK

The Guardian University Guide 2024

  • 1st for graduate prospects
  • 2nd in London
  • 5th in the UK

The Complete University Guide 2024

  • 2nd in London
  • 6th in the UK

Daily Mail University Guide 2024

  • 1st in the UK

Learn more about our UK league table rankings

Subject rankings

 The Guardian University Guide 2024 (UK)

  • Medicine: 7th
  • Natural sciences/Life sciences:
    • Biology: 10th
    • Chemistry: 10th
    • Mathematics: 3rd
    • Physics: 14th
  • Engineering
    • Aerospace Engineering: 1st
    • Chemical Engineering: 2nd
    • Civil Engineering: 1st
    • Computer Sciences & Information Systems: 5th
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering: 9th
    • Earth & Marine Sciences: 5th
    • General Engineering: 3rd
    • Mechanical Engineering: 1st

Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2023 (world)

  • Computer Science: 3rd in the UK, 11th in the world
  • Clinical and Health: 3rd in the UK, 4th in the world
  • Engineering: 3rd in the UK, 14th in the world
  • Life Sciences: 3rd in the UK, 14th in the world
  • Physical Sciences: 3rd in the UK, 13th in the world


Business School

Imperial College Business School programmes are regularly ranked within the top ten in Europe and the world. Rankings for the Imperial College Business School

Learn more about our subject rankings