Imperial College London is a science-based university and member of the prestigious Russell Group, and consistently ranked in the UK Top 10. The university focuses on the four main disciplines of science, engineering, medicine and business, and is well-known for its application of these skills to industry and enterprise. Its outstanding international reputation for both teaching and research attracts the world’s best scientists, engineers and medics, including recipients of both the Fields medal and the Kavli Prize.

Key Facts


  • #4 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #5 in the Complete University Guide 2022
  • #7 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022
  • #12 in the Times Higher Education World rankings in 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 9,500

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • over 8,000

Year founded

  • 1907

  • Imperial is home to the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university.
  • Distinguished members of the College have included 14 Nobel laureates, including Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, and three Fields Medallists.
  • Imperial’s new 23-acre campus is being built in White City, west London, where a community of research-focused businesses is in place at the Translation & Innovation Hub (I-HUB). 
  • Famous alumni include science fiction author H.G. Wells, former prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, and former chief executive of Singapore Airlines Chew Choon Seng. 
Areas of recognition

The 2022 Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Imperial 3rd for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health, 10th for Computer Science, 11th for Physical Sciences, 14th for Engineering, and 15th for Life Sciences globally.

Imperial is ranked 1st in the UK for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering, 2nd for Biological Sciences, Geology, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 3rd for Materials Technology, and 4th for Mathematics and Medicine within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Kings alumni at Imperial College London

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