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 2020
  • #5 in the Complete University Guide 2020
  • #7 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2020
  • #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 2020 Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Imperial 4th for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health, 10th for both Physical Sciences and Computer Sciences, 10th for Engineering and Technology, and 10th for Life Sciences globally.

Imperial is ranked 1st in the UK for Geology, 2nd for Mechanical Engineering, 2nd for Chemical Engineering, 2nd for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 2nd for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering, 4th for Civil Engineering, 4th for Biological Sciences, 5th for Mathematics, 5th for General Engineering, 5th for Materials Technology and 7th for Medicine within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

Kings alumni at Imperial College London

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