Imperial College rose to second place out of 148 universities in the 2001 RAE. Only 0.01 of a point separated the College from the top spot in a result which saw 75 per cent of staff, the highest in the country, achieve 5*.

The rating scale in 2001 ranges from 1 (lowest) to 5* (highest) and denotes that the majority of assessed work is rated as being of an international or national level of excellence.

Results of the 2001 RAE (by rating)
Unit of AssessmentRatingCollege Dept/Division
Applied Mathematics 5* Mathematics (part)
Biological Sciences 5* Biological Sciences
Chemical Engineering 5* Chemical Engineering
Chemistry 5* Chemistry
Civil Engineering 5* Civil and Environmental Engineering
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 5* Faculty of Medicine (part)
Computer Science 5* Computing, IC-Parc
General Engineering 5* Bioengineering
Hospital Based Clinical Subjects 5* Faculty of Medicine (part)
Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering 5* Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics
Mineral and Mining Engineering 5* Former TH Huxley School (part) now Earth Science and Engineering
Physics 5* Physics
Pure Mathematics 5* Mathematics (part)
Business and Management Studies 5 Management School
Community Based Clinical Subjects 5 Primary Care and Population Health Sciences
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 5 Electrical Engineering
History 5 Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Metallurgy and Materials 5 Materials
Pre-clinical Studies 5 Biomedical Sciences
Statistics and Operational Research 5 Mathematics (part)
Agriculture 4 Biological Sciences (part), former TH Huxley School (part) now Agricultural Sciences
Environmental Sciences 4 Former TH Huxley School (part) now Environmental Science and Technology
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For the clinical medicine Units of Assessment (UoAs), ratings were awarded to the areas of work referred to the sub-panels of these UoAs. The ratings for each of these sub-panel submissions are given below. Note that the ratings for the entire submision are given above and that not all of the research submitted to one of these UoAs was referred to a sub-panel.

Clinical Medicine UoA results
Unit of AssessmentRatingCollege Dept/Division
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 5* Cardiovascular Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 5* Cancer Studies
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 5* Immunology and Infection
Community Based Clinical Sciences 5 Epidemiology, Public Health Research and Health Services Research
Community Based Clinical Sciences 5 Psychiatry
Hospital Based Clinical Subjects 5 Neurosciences
Hospital Based Clinical Subjects 5* Cardiovascular Sciences
Hospital Based Clinical Subjects 4 Cancer Studies
Hospital Based Clinical Subjects 5* Immunology and Infection
Clinical Medicine UoA results