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Ranking of Imperial College London: World-wise, Country-wise and Subject-wise Rankings 2020

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Imperial College London is one of the most coveted universities in the UK and world. The university has left no stone unturned when it comes to maintaining its reputation and perform better than other universities in the UK. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the world and top 5 universities in the UK, Imperial College is dedicated to producing the next-generation leaders in multiple research fields.

Studying at Imperial College London can be an enriching experience for students as they get to benefit from the global recognition of Imperial’s innovative environment, world-class teaching and research. In view of this, Imperial receives nearly 60,000 applications annually for undergraduate and postgraduate programs, out of which merely 15% of the students only get the chance to study here.

Imperial College London Rankings at a Glance

Here’s a quick snapshot of Imperial College’s position in the list of various ranking agencies. It has been ranked:

  • #3 in Europe & #10th in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
  • #9 in the world QS World University Rankings 2020.
  • #1 in London and #4 in the UK by the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
  • #1 in London and #7 in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • #7 in the UK, #14 in Europe and #51 in the world by Financial Times Global MBA Survey 2018
  • #4 for Clinical, pre-clinical and health and #12 for Engineering & Technology by Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2019 (global ranking)

Imperial College London Ranking in the World

When it comes to comparing the universities on a global level, the performance of Imperial College seems quite impressive. Imperial has been placed at #9 in the QS world university rankings in the year 2020. Although its ranking dropped by one place (#18), still it continues to be one of the reputed universities in the world.

QS confers rankings based on a number of criteria such as academic reputation, employer reputation, student to faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty and count of international students. This year, Imperial College obtained an overall score of 94.1 considering these factors and was placed at #9.

QS World University Ranking Breakdown 2020

In the above-given graph, we can clearly see how exceptional Imperial College has been in terms of academic performance, international student and faculty and employment. It only lagged behind for the number of citations per faculty, otherwise, the university could be within the top 5 universities in the world.

The year 2020 seemed to be a bit unfavorable for Imperial as it dropped by one position in Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings too and stood at #10 with an overall score of 89.8. Again, the overall score was calculated based on factors like teaching, research work, number of citations, industry income and international outlook. Let’s see how much Imperial scored for these parameters on the scale of THE.

THE world university Ranking breakdown 2020

As we can see in the above-given graph, Imperial has performed quite well in terms of citations and international outlook which clearly indicates how much importance it pays to high-quality research work and globalization.

THE and QS world university Ranking 2020

Imperial College London 2020 Subject Ranking

THE conferred the following ranks to different subjects in the year 2020:

Subject NameRanking in the WorldRanking in Europe
Clinical, pre-clinical and health#4#3
Life Sciences#16#4
Physical Sciences#11#4

While in the QS Rankings by Subject, Imperial secured these ranks for different subjects:

Subject NameRanking in the World
Statistics & Operational Research#8
Environmental Studies#9
Natural Sciences#9
Life Sciences & Medicine#11
Physics & Astronomy#11
Biological Sciences#12
Earth & Marine Sciences#18
Pharmacy & Pharmacology#21
Business & Management Studies#24
Accounting & Finance#29
Social Sciences & Management#51
Development Studies#51-100
Social Policy & Administration#51-100
Arts & Humanities#193

Imperial College London Ranking MBA

Ranking TypeYearRanking in the WorldRanking in Europe
Financial Times Full-time MBA Ranking2019#39#12
Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking2019#31#17
QS Online MBA Ranking2020#19#9
1-year International MBA Ranking by Forbes2019#11#10

Imperial College Business School Rankings

Ranking TypeYearRanking in the WorldRanking in Europe
Financial Times Masters in Finance2018#9#8
Financial Times Masters in Management2019#14#15
QS MSc. Marketing2020#2-
QS MSc. Finance2020#14-

Imperial College London Ranking Computer Science

For Computer Science, Imperial was ranked:

  • #15 in QS Rankings by Subject
  • #7 in THE Subject Rankings

Imperial College London Ranking Engineering

THE: Engineering & Technology: #11

QS Rank

Engineering SpecializationRank
Civil & Structural#5
Electrical & Electronic#7
Engineering & Technology#7
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