About Imperial College London:

Imperial College London, a science-based institution based in the centre of the capital, is regarded as one of the UK’s leading institutions. The college has around 15,000 students and 8,000 staff, with a focus on four main areas: science, engineering, medicine and business. The institution has its roots in the vision of Prince Albert to make London’s South Kensington a centre for education, with colleges going alongside the nearby Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Science Museum. Imperial was granted its charter in 1907, merging the Royal College of Science, the Royal School of Mines and the City & Guilds College. The institution boasts 14 Nobel Prize winners, including Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin. Famous alumni include science fiction author H.G. Wells, Queen guitarist Brian May, former prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, former UK chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson, and former chief executive of Singapore Airlines Chew Choon Seng. The college’s motto is Scientia imperii decus et tutamen, which translates as “Scientific knowledge, the crowning glory and the safeguard of the empire”. Imperial’s most notable landmark is the Queen's Tower, a remainder of the Imperial Institute, built to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
World University Rankings 28 27 22 21 20 20 20 19 17 16 16 15 14 14 11

By Fields

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agriculture 43 59 36 40 116 47 42 47 38 32 39 39 38 43
Engineering 15 19 16 11 9 14 15 17 18 19 21 24 34 34
Life Sciences 35 27 20 21 21 25 20 22 23 21 20 20 24 23
Medicine 24 24 23 21 24 24 19 19 18 19 18 17 16 14
Natural Sciences 28 29 26 24 25 22 22 24 25 24 29 30 28 29
Social Sciences 91 77 42 72 66 71 57 57 50 46 45 43 46 42

By Subjects

Subject 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agricultural Sciences 93 116 113 79 133 154 100 143 137 194 246
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - 18 19 22
Chemistry 26 27 29 30 31 33 32 39 44 48 46
Chemical Engineering 9 10 10 11 15 14 19 17 16 21 21
Civil Engineering 8 17 19 21 28 32 26 29 40 53 42
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - 16 15 13
Computer Science 38 35 42 36 35 28 25 37 36 44 54
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - 59 65 64
Electrical Engineering 22 22 25 26 23 22 18 29 29 32 45
Environment / Ecology 21 26 25 24 25 19 16 17 17 20 22
Geosciences 75 59 59 59 55 71 55 50 54 60 46
Immunology - - - - - - - - 6 6 6
Materials Science 15 14 20 16 24 25 32 32 37 48 50
Mathematics 22 29 32 40 32 25 23 21 21 20 37
Mechanical Engineering 11 9 10 11 11 18 11 11 15 15 27
Microbiology - - - - - - - - 6 6 10
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - 26 32 38
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - 36 36 37
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - 12 10 18 19 15 16 17 19 20 25
Physics 17 19 15 14 20 15 21 20 21 21 24
Plant & Animal Science 72 102 95 62 72 71 75 99 88 89 108
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - 94 92 83
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - 39 36 35
Space Science - - - - - - - - 44 40 44
Energy Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - 20
Environmental Science & Engineering - - - - - - - - - - 36
Biomedical Engineering - - - - - - - - - - 15