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

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 University 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 University 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

Imperial's position

League tableMost recent publicationMost recent rankingTrend compared to previous edition
Complete University Guide 2019  April 2018  4th  +1 place
Guardian University Guide 2019  May 2018  7th  -1 place
Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019  September 2018  4th  +0 places
Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018  August 2018  24th (4th in the UK)  +3 places
QS World Rankings 2019  June 2018  8th (3rd in the UK)  +0 places
THE World Rankings 2019  September 2018  9th (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 AreaTHE World University Rankings by Subject 2018ARWU (2016)
 Medicine  3rd (=4th) Full table  4th (23rd) Full table
 Engineering  3rd (10th) Full table  1st (7th) Full table
 Life Sciences  3rd (10th) Full table  4th (33rd) Full table
 Physical Sciences  3rd (9th) Full table  4th (29th) Full table
 Computer Science  3rd (9th) Full table  
 
Summary of the table's contents

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 2019 Guardian University Guide 2019Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 QS World Subject Rankings 2018
   Full Subject tables  Full Subject tables  Full Subject tables  Full Subject tables 
 Aeronautics  2nd out of 37  Included in Mechanical Engineering  3rd out of 39  Included in Mechanical Engineering
 Bioengineering  4th out of 29 (General Engineering)  3rd out of 21 (General Engineering)  4th out of 35 (General Engineering)  N/A
 Chemical Engineering  3rd out of 30  4th out of 25  1st out of 28  7th= out of 300
 Chemistry  4th out of 60  37th out of 54  21st out of 53  13th out of 500
 Civil and Environmental Engineering  2nd out of 56  1st out of 52  3rd out of 54  3rd out of 200
 Computing  2nd out of 110  5th out of 106  2nd out of 106 12th out of 500
 Electrical and Electronic Engineering  3rd out of 68  4th out of 62  2nd out of 67  5th out of 400
 Earth Science and Engineering  2nd out of 28 (Geology)  1st out of 36  1st out of 32 (Geology)  23rd out of 200 (Earth Sciences); 9th out of 300 (Environmental Sciences)
 Life Sciences  3rd out of 101 (Biological Sciences)  13th out of 104 (Biosciences)  2nd out of 100 (Biological Sciences)  19th out of 500
 Materials  3rd out of 20  6th out of 10  4th out of 13  11th= out of 300
 Mathematics  4th out of 72  21st out of 66  3rd out of 69  10th out of 400
 Mechanical Engineering  2nd out of 70  1st out of 67  1st out of 67  8th out of 400
 Medicine  5th out of 33  11th out of 33  4th out of 33  11th= out of 500
 Physics  5th out of 48  32nd out of 43  22nd out of 47  11th out of 500