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.
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
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|
|League table||Most recent publication||Most recent ranking||Trend compared to previous edition|
|The Complete University Guide||April 2016||4th||+0 places|
|The Guardian||May 2016||7th||+1 place|
|The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide||September 2015||3rd||+1 place|
|Academic Ranking of World Universities||August 2015||23rd (4th in the UK)||-1 place|
|The QS||September 2015||8th (4th in the UK)||-6 places|
|The Times Higher Education||October 2015||8th (3rd in the UK)||+1 place|
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 Area||Times Higher Education (2015-16)||ARWU (2015)|
|Medicine||4th (5th) Full table||4th (23rd) Full table|
|Engineering||3rd (9th) Full table||1st (6th) Full table|
|Life Sciences||3rd (6th) Full table||4th (36th) Full table|
|Physical Sciences||3rd (16th) Full table||3rd (27th) Full table|
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 2017||The Guardian 2017||The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016||The QS (2016) - global rank|
|Full Subject tables||Full Subject tables||Full Subject tables||Full Subject tables|
|Aeronautics||2nd out of 40||Included in Mechanical Engineering||2nd out of 37||Included in Mechanical Engineering|
|Bioengineering||2nd out of 48 (General Engineering)||1st out of 21 (General Engineering)||2nd out of 33 (General Engineering)||N/A|
|Chemical Engineering||2nd out of 27||2nd out of 25||2nd out of 26||6th out of 200|
|Chemistry||7th out of 58||19th out of 52||12th out of 54||10th out of 200|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||2nd out of 55||1st out of 48||2nd out of 53||5th out of 200|
|Computing||2nd out of 105||4th out of 102||3rd out of 103||12th out of 200|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering||2nd out of 77||4th out of 63||2nd out of 71||10th out of 200|
|Earth Science and Engineering||1st out of 30 (Geology)||1st out of 36||1st out of 31 (Geology)||20th out of 200 (Earth Sciences); 9th out of 200 (Environmental Sciences)|
|Life Sciences||3rd out of 99 (Biological Sciences)||16th out of 101 (Biosciences)||6th out of 99 (Biological Sciences)||16th out of 200|
|Materials||4th out of 28||3rd out of 12||2nd out of 14||3rd out of 200|
|Mathematics||3rd out of 70||2nd out of 65||3rd out of 69||13th out of 200|
|Mechanical Engineering||2nd out of 69||1st out of 63||2nd out of 62||5th out of 200|
|Medicine||3rd out of 34||8th out of 32||3rd out of 33||11th out of 200|
|Physics||3rd out of 48||8th out of 45||5th out of 46||11th out of 200|