Researchers looking at cloud formation using high resolution satellite images at the Global Data Observatory

Imperial is regularly ranked amongst the top 10 best universities in the world and is The Guardian University Guide 2023's University of the Year.

Career outcomes

Graduate prospects are a consistent area of strength for Imperial, with our graduates benefitting from a degree that is valued by employers across the world.

University of the Year for Graduate Employment (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Research impact

Imperial has a greater proportion of world-leading research than any other UK university, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

The results show that Imperial ranks top in the UK overall – with a greater proportion of 4* “world-leading” research than any other UK university. Plus, Imperial ranks:

League tables

Global rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

  • 3rd in Europe
  • 10th in the world

QS World University Rankings 2024

  • 3rd in Europe
  • 6th in the world

Academic Ranking of Top 500 World Universities 2022

  • 6th in Europe

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 2024

  • 2nd in London
  • 6th in the UK

The Complete University Guide 2023

  • 2nd in London
  • 6th in the UK

Daily Mail University Guide

  • 1st in the UK