To view the College's position in the most recent edition of each league table please see the College League Table page.

The Strategic Planning division carries out analysis of the College's ranking in league tables.

More detailed information on how the league tables are compiled and the College's ranking in these tables can be found by expanding the sections below.

Methodology

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International league tables

The three major international league tables focus on research excellence and reputation. All international league tables use a measure of Citations in the rankings which is highly weighted. Only the Times Higher has a measure of teaching excellence. Please note, methodology may vary at faculty/subject level.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU): Alumni with Nobel Prizes/Field Medals (10%); Staff with Nobel Prizes/Fields Medals (20%); Staff in Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list (20%); Papers published in Nature/Science (20%); Papers indexed (20%); Per Capita Performance (10%) Institutional table / Full methodology
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings: Teaching (30%); Research (30%); Citations (30%); International Outlook (7.5%); and Industry Income (2.5%). Institutional table / Full methodology
The QS World University Rankings: Academic Reputation (40%); Employer Reputation (10%); Faculty-Student Ratio (20%); Citations per Staff (20%); International Faculty (5%); International Students (5%) Institutional table / Full methodology
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UK league tables

The three major UK league tables primarily focus on undergraduate student satisfaction and teaching. The Guardian Univeristy Guide does not include a measure for research excellence. Please note the methodologies may vary at subject level.

The Complete University guide: Student Satisfaction (17%); Research Quality (11%); Research Intensity (5.5%); Entry Standards (11%); Student-Staff Ratio (11%); Academic Services Spend (5.5%); Facilities Spend (5.5%); Good Honours (11%); Graduate Prospects (11%); and Degree Completion (11%) Institutional table / Full methodology
The Guardian Univeristy Guide: Satisfied with Teaching (10%); Satisfied with Assessment & Feedback (10%); Satisfied with Course (5%); Average Entry Tariff (16.25%); Student-Staff Ratio (16.25%); Spend per Student (10%); Value Added (16.25%); Career after Six Months (16.25%) Institutional table / Full methodology
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide: Teaching Quality (11%); Student Experience (5.5%); Research Quality (17%); Entry Standards (11%); Graduate Prospects (11%); Firsts/2:1s (11%); Completion Rate (11%); Student-Staff Ratio (11%); Services & Facilities Spend (11%) Institutional table / Full methodology
UK league tables

Rankings

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Imperial's position

League tableMost recent publicationMost recent rankingTrend compared to previous edition
The Complete University Guide  April 2017  5th  -1 place
The Guardian  May 2017  6th=  +1 place
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide  September 2016  5th  -2 places
Academic Ranking of World Universities  August 2016  22nd (4th in the UK)  +1 place
The QS  September 2016  9th (4th in the UK)  -1 place
The Times Higher Education  September 2016  8th (3rd in the UK)  +0 places
 
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Subject rankings

The Times Higher Education World University Ranking and Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) league tables rank institutions within broad subject groups. UK (and global) ranks per subject group were as follows:

Subject AreaTimes Higher Education (2016-17)ARWU (2016)
 Medicine  3rd (4th) Full table  4th (23rd) Full table
 Engineering  3rd (=7th) Full table  1st (7th) Full table
 Life Sciences  3rd (9th) Full table  4th (33rd) Full table
 Physical Sciences  3rd (11th) Full table  4th (29th) Full table
 Computer Science 2nd (7th) Full table  
 
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The Complete University Guide, the Guardian, the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (GUG), and the QS provide individual subject level information. The majority of Imperial's subjects were ranked within the top 10 or higher within the UK. 

 College department Complete University Guide 2018 The Guardian 2018The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 The QS (2017) - global rank 
   Full Subject tables  Full Subject tables  Full Subject tables  Full Subject tables 
 Aeronautics  2nd out of 41  Included in Mechanical Engineering  3rd out of 37  Included in Mechanical Engineering
 Bioengineering  4th out of 48 (General Engineering)  1st out of 20 (General Engineering)  3rd out of 36 (General Engineering)  N/A
 Chemical Engineering  2nd out of 30  3rd out of 25  2nd out of 27  9th out of 300
 Chemistry  6th out of 60  18th out of 53  8th out of 53  14th out of 500
 Civil and Environmental Engineering  1st out of 56  1st out of 50  1st out of 52  4th out of 200
 Computing  3rd out of 107  3rd out of 102  3rd out of 104 12th out of 500
 Electrical and Electronic Engineering  3rd out of 76  1st out of 61  2nd out of 70  9th out of 400
 Earth Science and Engineering  2nd out of 32 (Geology)  1st out of 34  1st out of 31 (Geology)  26th out of 200 (Earth Sciences); 9th out of 300 (Environmental Sciences)
 Life Sciences  3rd out of 102 (Biological Sciences)  10th out of 109 (Biosciences)  4th out of 99 (Biological Sciences)  19th out of 500
 Materials  4th out of 27  4th out of 11  3rd= out of 14  12th out of 300
 Mathematics  4th out of 71  3rd out of 66  3rd out of 71  11th out of 400
 Mechanical Engineering  3rd out of 70  5th out of 66  2nd out of 63  9th out of 400
 Medicine  7th out of 34  11th out of 32  4th= out of 33  12th out of 500
 Physics  5th out of 49  30th out of 43  20th out of 47  11th out of 500