The Strategic Planning division carries out analysis of the College's ranking in the main league tables. Further information on methodologies an the College's ranking can be found below.

To view the College's position in additonal league tables please see the College League Table pages.

Methodology

International league tables

The four main international league tables in which the College is featured are:

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
    Alumni with Nobel prizes/field medals; staff with Nobel prizes/fields medals; staff in Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list; papers published in Nature/Science;
     papers indexed; Per Capita Performance. Ranking Full methodology
  • Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
    Teaching; research; citations; international outlook; and industry income.
     Ranking Full methodology
  • The QS World University Rankings
    Academic reputation; employer reputation; faculty-student ratio; citations per staff; international faculty; international students. Ranking / Full methodology
  • Reuters World Top 100 Most Innovative Universities
    Patent volume; patent success; global patents; patent citations; patent citation impact; percent of patents cited; patent to article citation impact; industry article citation impact; percent of industry collaborative articles; total web of science core collection papers. Ranking /Methodology
     

UK league tables

The three major national league tables in which the College is featured are:

  • The Complete University guide
    Entry standards; student satisfaction; research quality; research intensity; graduate prospects; student-staff ratio; academic services spend; facilities spend; good honours; degree completion.  Ranking Full methodology
  • The Guardian University Guide
    Satisfied with teaching; Satisfied with assessment and feedback; satisfied with course; continuation; value-added scores; student-staff ratio; expenditure per student; entry scores; career prospects Ranking Full methodology
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide
    Teaching quality; student experience; research quality; entry standards; graduate prospects; firsts/2:1s; completion rate; student-staff ratio; services and facilities spend Ranking Full methodology

Rankings

Imperial's position in the overall rankings

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019
    In the most recent publication, the College was ranked 5th in Europe (down one place) and 23rd in the world (up one place).
  • Complete University Guide 2020
    In the most recent publication, the College was ranked 5th in the UK (down one place compared to last year).
  • Guardian University Guide 2020
    In the most recent publication, the College was ranked 7th in the UK (same as last year).
  • QS World University Rankings 2020
    In the most recent publication, the College was ranked 4th (down one place) in Europe and 9th in the world (down one place).
  • Reuters Top 100 - The World's Most Innovative Universities 2019
    In the most recent publication, the College was ranked 1st in the UK (same as last year), 2nd in Europe (same as last year) and 10th in the world (down two places).
  • THE World University Rankings 2020
    In the most recent publication, the College was ranked 3rd in Europe (same as last year) and 10th in the world (down one place).
  • Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
    In the most recent publication, the College was ranked 4th in the UK (same as last year).

Imperial's position in the subject rankings

Please expand the contents below to find out more about the College's position in the main subject rankings. Please note that different league tables use different subject groupings.

Rankings

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

In the most recent publication, the College was ranked as follows:

Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering: 3rd in the UK, 35th in the world
  • Automation and Control: 1st in the UK, 7th in the world
  • Biomedical Engineering: 2nd in the UK, 18th in the world
  • Biotechnology: 5th in the UK, 35th in the world
  • Chemical Engineering: 1st in the UK, 22nd in the world
  • Civil Engineering: 1st in the UK, 36th in the world
  • Computer Science and Engineering: 5th in the UK, 40th in the world
  • Electrical Engineering: 2nd in the UK, 33rd in the world
  • Energy Science and Engineering: 1st in the UK, 14th in the world
  • Environmental Science and Engineering: 2nd in the UK, 47th in the world
  • Instruments Science & Technology: 1st in the UK, 26th in the world
  • Materials Science and Engineering: 2nd in the UK, 14th in the world
  • Mechanical Engineering: 2nd in the UK, 13th in the world
  • Metallurgical Engineering: 4th in the UK, 31st in the world
  • Mining & Mineral Engineering: 1st in the UK, 27th in the world
  • Nanoscience & Nanotechnology: 3rd in the UK, 51-75th in the world
  • Telecommunication Engineering: 10th in the UK, 51-75th in the world
  • Transportation Science & Technology: 5th in the UK, 47th in the world
  • Water Resources: 3rd in the UK, 31st in the world

Natural Sciences

  • Atmospheric Science: 9th in the UK, 51-75th in the world
  • Chemistry: 3rd in the UK, 40th in the world
  • Earth Sciences: 6th in the UK, 28th in the world
  • Ecology: 3rd in the UK, 10th in the world
  • Geography: 34th in the UK, 151-200th in the world
  • Mathematics: 4th in the UK, 18th in the world
  • Oceanography: 10th in the UK, 76-100th in the world
  • Physics: 5th in the UK, 30th in the world

Life Sciences

  • Agricultural Sciences: 11th in the UK, 151-200th in the world
  • Biological Sciences: 5th in the UK, 43rd in the world
  • Human Biological Sciences: 4th in the UK, 25th in the world

Medical sciences

  • Clinical Medicine: 4th in the UK, 12th in the world
  • Medical Technology: 4th in the UK, 15th in the world
  • Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: 3rd in the UK, 14th in the world
  • Public Health: 5th in the UK, 13th in the world

Social sciences

  • Business Administration: 12th in the UK, 101-50th in the world
  • Economics: 7th in the UK, 76-100th in the world
  • Education: 44th in the UK, 401-500th in the world
  • Finance: 6th in the UK, 51-75th in the world
  • Management: 3rd in the UK, 41st in the world
  • Psychology: 39th in the UK, 301-400th in the world
  • Statistics: 8th in the UK, 51-75th in the world

Further information can be found on the ARWU website.

Complete University Guide

In the most recent publication, the College was ranked as follows:

  • Medicine: 5th

Natural sciences/Life sciences

  • Biological sciences: 7th
  • Chemistry: 12th
  • Mathematics: 5th
  • Physics & Astronomy: 7th

Engineering

  • Aeronautical & Manufacturing engineering: 2nd
  • Chemical engineering: 3rd
  • Civil Engineering: 6th
  • Computer science: 3rd
  • Electrical & Electronic engineering: 3rd
  • Geology: 2nd
  • General engineering: 4th
  • Materials Technology: 3rd
  • Mechanical Engineering: 2nd

Further information can be found on the Complete University Guide website.

Guardian University Guide

In the most recent publication, the College was ranked as follows:

  • Medicine: 9th

Natural sciences/Life sciences

  • Biosciences: 8th
  • Chemistry: 42nd
  • Mathematics: 8th
  • Physics: 38th

Engineering

  • Chemical engineering: 2nd
  • Civil Engineering: 1st
  • Computer Sciences & Information Systems: 4th
  • Electrical & Electronic engineering: 5th
  • Earth & Marine Sciences: 1st
  • General Engineering: 4th
  • Materials & Mineral Engineering: 7th
  • Mechanical Engineering: 1st

Further information can be found on the Guardian website.

QS World Subject Rankings

In the most recent publication, the College was ranked as follows:

  • Medicine: 12th
  • Pharmacy: 28th

Natural sciences/Life sciences

  • Biological Sciences: 17th
  • Chemistry: 11th
  • Environmental Sciences: 9th
  • Mathematics: 11th
  • Physics & Astronomy: 11th
  • Statistics & Operational Research: 12th

Engineering and technology

  • Engineering – Chemical: 9th
  • Engineering – Civil & Structural: 6th
  • Computer Science & IS Systems: 15th
  • Earth & Marine Sciences: 20th
  • Engineering – Electrical Engineering: 7th
  • Materials Science: 9th
  • Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing: 10th

Social sciences and management

  • Accounting & Finance: 31st
  • Business & Management Studies: 30th

Further information can be found on the QS website.

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide

In the most recent publication, the College was ranked as follows:

Engineering

  • Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering: 2nd
  • Chemical Engineering: 2nd
  • Civil Engineering: 4th
  • Computer Science: 2nd
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering: 2nd
  • General Engineering: 5th
  • Geology: 1st
  • Materials Technology: 5th
  • Mechanical Engineering: 2nd

Natural sciences/Life sciences

  • Biological Sciences: 4th
  • Chemistry: 24th
  • Mathematics: 5th
  • Physics & Astronomy: 20th

Medicine

  • Medicine: 7th

Further information can be found on the Good University Guide website.

Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject

In the most recent publication, the College was ranked as follows:

  • Computer Science: 3rd in the UK, 7th in the world
  • Engineering: 3rd in the UK, 11th in the world
  • Life Sciences: 4th in the UK, 16th in the world
  • Medicine: 3rd in the UK, 4th in the world
  • Physical Sciences: 3rd in the UK, 11th in the world

Further information can be found on the THE website.