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 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
 
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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 (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
 
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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 2017 The Guardian 2017The 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