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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 2022

  • 3rd in Europe
  • 12th in the world

QS World University Rankings 2023

  • 3rd in Europe
  • 6th in the world

Academic Ranking of Top 500 World Universities 2021

  • 6th in Europe
  • 25th in the world

US News Best Global Universities 2021

  • 4th in Europe
  • 20th in the world

UK rankings

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
  • 5th in the UK
  • 1st for graduate prospects 
  • 1st for research quality
The Guardian University Guide 2023
  • 2nd in London
  • 5th in the UK
The Complete University Guide 2023
  • 2nd in London
  • 5th in the UK

Subject rankings

  • 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, 13th in the world
  • Life Sciences: 3rd in the UK, 15th 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