Imperial College London: Rankings

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Imperial College London ranked 5th in the United Kingdom and 45th in the World 2022 overall rankings, plus got TOP 100 in 161 academic topics. EduRank's ranking for Imperial College London is based on 3 factors: research performance (a proprietary algorithm evaluated 186,925 publications and 9,530,226 citations), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 233 notable alumni .

Rank Ranking
#45 of 14,134 In the World
#5 of 2,788 In Europe
#5 of 163 In the United Kingdom
#4 of 131 In England
#2 of 35 In London
#5 of 1,008 For Systems Engineering
#7 of 1,008 For Biochemical Engineering
#8 of 1,239 For Structural Engineering
#231 of 7,351 For Alumni Impact
#77 of 14,134 For Non-academic Prominence
Top100 For 158 other topics

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Medicine

Imperial College London ranked 4th for Medicine in the United Kingdom and 34th in the World with 52,077 publications made and 3,030,456 citations received. Main research topics: Immunology, Surgery, Oncology and Cancer research, Health Science, Public Health.

Rank Ranking
#4 of 133 In the United Kingdom
#5 of 1,019 In Europe
#34 of 4,740 In the World

Imperial College London
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 223 466
1992 153 301
1993 161 356
1994 197 581
1995 146 545
1996 386 1184
1997 508 1590
1998 843 2991
1999 975 4069
2000 1085 4555
2001 1119 5675
2002 1065 5247
2003 1103 7271
2004 1174 6591
2005 1168 7109
2006 1083 7343
2007 1272 10304
2008 1588 10372
2009 1632 10144
2010 2069 12219
2011 2038 13420
2012 2204 18575
2013 2398 17836
2014 2565 15936
2015 2546 19805
2016 3033 24268
2017 2773 22329
2018 2818 19329
2019 2953 15046
2020 3598 29479
2021 4402 14113

Biology

Imperial College London ranked 4th for Biology in the United Kingdom and 36th in the World with 40,863 publications made and 2,824,876 citations received. Main research topics: Immunology, Oncology and Cancer research, Biochemistry, Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational biology.

Rank Ranking
#4 of 122 In the United Kingdom
#4 of 943 In Europe
#36 of 4,497 In the World

Imperial College London
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 263 883
1992 148 372
1993 182 443
1994 244 728
1995 193 800
1996 477 1457
1997 554 1786
1998 814 3535
1999 870 3676
2000 963 4433
2001 1016 5403
2002 948 5290
2003 1016 7152
2004 1040 6509
2005 999 6848
2006 1009 7354
2007 1057 8132
2008 1341 10054
2009 1471 11551
2010 1580 14130
2011 1536 12750
2012 1592 12963
2013 1631 11611
2014 1740 13401
2015 1723 15516
2016 2024 15958
2017 1909 15423
2018 1543 12406
2019 1661 9186
2020 1907 11865
2021 2157 16582
Speciality United Kingdom rank Europe rank World rank
Virology 2 2 10
Toxicology 2 3 11
Immunology 1 1 14
Entomology 3 3 14
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 4 4 23
Microbiology 1 4 24
Astrobiology 3 5 24
Evolutionary Biology 5 6 28
Zoology 4 8 31
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 6 6 34
Nanotechnology 3 5 38
Biotechnology 1 10 38
Genetics 5 5 41
Biophysics 4 6 44
Pharmacology 2 4 44
Neuroscience 5 9 58
Molecular Biology 4 8 60
Botany 2 13 65
Biochemistry 5 11 66
Paleontology 13 30 68
Oncology and Cancer research 4 10 70
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 11 23 83
Agricultural Science 5 16 84
Forestry 9 28 106
Animal Science 15 53 158
Horticulture 7 50 198
Nutrition and Food Science 16 109 307

Physics

Imperial College London ranked 2nd for Physics in the United Kingdom and 22nd in the World with 40,163 publications made and 1,902,103 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Quantum and Particle physics, Astrophysics and Astronomy, Atomic and Molecular physics.

Rank Ranking
#2 of 106 In the United Kingdom
#2 of 970 In Europe
#22 of 4,083 In the World

Imperial College London
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 298 353
1992 269 478
1993 291 495
1994 410 530
1995 330 571
1996 613 1341
1997 666 1462
1998 676 1818
1999 669 2020
2000 754 2572
2001 768 2588
2002 805 3568
2003 941 3197
2004 931 4044
2005 1020 4179
2006 1066 5400
2007 1082 4603
2008 1224 5450
2009 1264 5501
2010 1487 8671
2011 1484 8895
2012 1510 7773
2013 1524 8650
2014 1657 14958
2015 1513 9665
2016 1697 9228
2017 1622 9999
2018 1659 11023
2019 1642 8456
2020 1782 10404
2021 1757 3742

Engineering

Imperial College London ranked 2nd for Engineering in the United Kingdom and 23rd in the World with 38,596 publications made and 1,530,938 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Automation and Control engineering, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology.

Rank Ranking
#2 of 123 In the United Kingdom
#3 of 1,125 In Europe
#23 of 4,626 In the World

Imperial College London
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 318 249
1992 249 319
1993 259 283
1994 333 392
1995 289 360
1996 551 975
1997 552 922
1998 541 1155
1999 590 1580
2000 705 2812
2001 624 2592
2002 713 2600
2003 819 2796
2004 823 3660
2005 910 3318
2006 956 5287
2007 992 3425
2008 1094 4497
2009 1160 4261
2010 1361 7328
2011 1431 7150
2012 1499 6473
2013 1501 6984
2014 1701 7463
2015 1760 8559
2016 1870 9573
2017 1856 9413
2018 1800 10073
2019 1826 8424
2020 2047 8295
2021 2129 4347

Chemistry

Imperial College London ranked 2nd for Chemistry in the United Kingdom and 30th in the World with 31,346 publications made and 1,452,681 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Inorganic Chemistry.

Rank Ranking
#2 of 108 In the United Kingdom
#3 of 979 In Europe
#30 of 4,319 In the World

Imperial College London
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 261 326
1992 241 277
1993 219 205
1994 302 373
1995 222 386
1996 448 897
1997 481 969
1998 522 1432
1999 532 2774
2000 674 2311
2001 637 2505
2002 627 2338
2003 707 3173
2004 702 3133
2005 722 2883
2006 747 3848
2007 738 3022
2008 801 3676
2009 855 3840
2010 991 6793
2011 975 6576
2012 1069 5471
2013 1058 5468
2014 1182 6431
2015 1210 7820
2016 1337 7714
2017 1310 7155
2018 1254 7751
2019 1249 6386
2020 1434 6125
2021 1510 3081

Computer Science

Imperial College London ranked 4th for Computer Science in the United Kingdom and 41st in the World with 18,730 publications made and 903,084 citations received. Main research topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Bioinformatics and Computational biology, Neuroscience, Computer Vision, Machine Learning.

Rank Ranking
#4 of 129 In the United Kingdom
#4 of 1,053 In Europe
#41 of 4,394 In the World

Imperial College London
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 95 198
1992 43 77
1993 66 128
1994 69 289
1995 72 217
1996 173 344
1997 157 438
1998 172 610
1999 204 785
2000 205 1033
2001 211 1095
2002 258 911
2003 317 1266
2004 331 1179
2005 371 1809
2006 415 2388
2007 501 3038
2008 642 3196
2009 602 3484
2010 765 3883
2011 729 5058
2012 828 4736
2013 841 4138
2014 958 6135
2015 1064 7646
2016 1118 8561
2017 1110 9930
2018 1235 9702
2019 1389 9018
2020 1527 8026
2021 1611 12322

Environmental Science

Imperial College London ranked 3rd for Environmental Science in the United Kingdom and 29th in the World with 14,718 publications made and 857,055 citations received. Main research topics: Geology, Ecology, Environmental Management, Earth science and Geophysics, Geography and Cartography.

Rank Ranking
#3 of 121 In the United Kingdom
#4 of 933 In Europe
#29 of 4,025 In the World

Imperial College London
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 113 286
1992 64 105
1993 79 241
1994 99 341
1995 67 210
1996 204 604
1997 213 684
1998 196 757
1999 204 951
2000 216 981
2001 245 1605
2002 282 1451
2003 294 1517
2004 341 1779
2005 386 1753
2006 355 1874
2007 354 1693
2008 473 2731
2009 526 3189
2010 496 3525
2011 456 2468
2012 504 3965
2013 586 4140
2014 657 4210
2015 668 6040
2016 708 6440
2017 725 4984
2018 549 4613
2019 552 4024
2020 719 4384
2021 744 2215

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Imperial College London ranked 19th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in the United Kingdom and 88th in the World with 13,514 publications made and 857,735 citations received. Main research topics: Demography, Political Science, Communications and Public Relations, Sociology, Library and Information science.

Rank Ranking
#19 of 142 In the United Kingdom
#27 of 1,148 In Europe
#88 of 5,074 In the World

Imperial College London
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 55 194
1992 34 83
1993 40 98
1994 45 169
1995 33 115
1996 105 323
1997 116 506
1998 152 417
1999 176 804
2000 206 769
2001 217 1024
2002 206 745
2003 265 2105
2004 306 1484
2005 281 1565
2006 284 1996
2007 345 1952
2008 399 2667
2009 441 2835
2010 539 3954
2011 579 4677
2012 578 7084
2013 658 5190
2014 665 5407
2015 627 5628
2016 734 8863
2017 690 5898
2018 747 8631
2019 829 5286
2020 1110 13960
2021 1301 5187

Mathematics

Imperial College London ranked 3rd for Mathematics in the United Kingdom and 33rd in the World with 6,405 publications made and 337,918 citations received. Main research topics: Applied Mathematics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Blockchain and Cryptography, Statistics, Operations Research.

Rank Ranking
#3 of 115 In the United Kingdom
#3 of 816 In Europe
#33 of 3,376 In the World

Imperial College London
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 33 11
1992 18 20
1993 32 237
1994 38 49
1995 40 163
1996 61 169
1997 107 254
1998 81 229
1999 89 358
2000 98 415
2001 91 395
2002 95 881
2003 113 308
2004 149 541
2005 157 445
2006 181 776
2007 205 661
2008 284 807
2009 271 619
2010 293 729
2011 273 738
2012 280 833
2013 307 782
2014 281 1299
2015 291 787
2016 359 1116
2017 328 1056
2018 274 1714
2019 339 981
2020 348 1033
2021 383 710
Speciality United Kingdom rank Europe rank World rank
Applied Mathematics 2 2 14
Operations Research 2 4 17
Statistics 1 1 23
Actuarial Science 5 6 43
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 5 9 47
Blockchain and Cryptography 2 6 55
Math Teachers 69 203 752

Psychology

Imperial College London ranked 18th for Psychology in the United Kingdom and 144th in the World with 5,939 publications made and 409,686 citations received. Main research topics: Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Cognitive Science, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy.

Rank Ranking
#18 of 135 In the United Kingdom
#38 of 833 In Europe
#144 of 3,654 In the World

Imperial College London
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 28 137
1992 22 74
1993 23 66
1994 28 154
1995 18 139
1996 44 161
1997 47 150
1998 84 448
1999 91 557
2000 111 546
2001 95 544
2002 118 757
2003 133 845
2004 131 736
2005 139 1093
2006 134 1407
2007 159 2091
2008 205 1633
2009 208 1652
2010 270 1978
2011 277 1908
2012 263 1695
2013 294 1992
2014 317 2978
2015 331 2176
2016 319 2576
2017 378 2875
2018 301 2911
2019 342 1603
2020 382 1305
2021 441 1004
Speciality United Kingdom rank Europe rank World rank
Neuroscience 5 9 58
Psychiatry 9 18 75
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 21 30 92
Occupational Therapy 12 33 131
Cognitive Science 26 61 168
Sexology 27 37 178
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 24 45 190
Clinical Psychology 20 56 226
Special Education 47 86 286
Child Psychology 49 125 384
Social Psychology 60 144 438
Social Work 86 158 519
Education Majors 98 205 675

Business

Imperial College London ranked 9th for Business in the United Kingdom and 65th in the World with 5,897 publications made and 283,992 citations received. Main research topics: Investment Banking and Stock trading, Management Information Systems, Project Management, Operations Research, Finance.

Rank Ranking
#9 of 130 In the United Kingdom
#13 of 1,014 In Europe
#65 of 4,004 In the World

Imperial College London
Business Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 26 63
1992 10 2
1993 15 9
1994 21 97
1995 18 102
1996 51 131
1997 42 150
1998 52 95
1999 62 116
2000 70 219
2001 86 489
2002 88 310
2003 125 581
2004 140 683
2005 140 583
2006 134 1074
2007 178 783
2008 216 1234
2009 238 877
2010 267 1582
2011 267 2001
2012 297 1969
2013 346 1560
2014 340 2198
2015 339 1679
2016 387 1705
2017 327 1730
2018 276 1385
2019 322 1203
2020 373 1457
2021 381 864

Economics

Imperial College London ranked 10th for Economics in the United Kingdom and 61st in the World with 4,169 publications made and 186,781 citations received. Main research topics: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Finance, Development Studies, Actuarial Science.

Rank Ranking
#10 of 118 In the United Kingdom
#14 of 790 In Europe
#61 of 3,039 In the World

Imperial College London
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 11 5
1992 3 2
1993 9 87
1994 16 16
1995 19 91
1996 21 50
1997 39 121
1998 28 48
1999 43 229
2000 57 257
2001 50 213
2002 75 243
2003 70 178
2004 101 356
2005 95 452
2006 105 468
2007 131 590
2008 149 773
2009 178 510
2010 229 1055
2011 187 574
2012 218 1094
2013 223 860
2014 220 939
2015 168 774
2016 265 830
2017 238 1492
2018 234 2069
2019 237 1491
2020 298 3090
2021 333 941

Art & Design

Imperial College London ranked 23rd for Art & Design in the United Kingdom and 101st in the World with 1,518 publications made and 63,627 citations received. Main research topics: Multimedia, Architecture, UX/UI Desgin, Game Design and Development, Art History.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science profiles.

Rank Ranking
#23 of 134 In the United Kingdom
#28 of 722 In Europe
#101 of 2,699 In the World

Imperial College London
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 10 2
1992 4 1
1993 10 6
1994 10 3
1995 12 4
1996 19 91
1997 12 17
1998 12 92
1999 24 71
2000 19 315
2001 22 38
2002 43 80
2003 34 82
2004 37 89
2005 30 36
2006 40 114
2007 39 403
2008 58 210
2009 47 120
2010 54 138
2011 76 1060
2012 87 395
2013 66 249
2014 58 343
2015 62 133
2016 66 293
2017 80 365
2018 69 175
2019 88 581
2020 104 334
2021 99 87
Speciality United Kingdom rank Europe rank World rank
Game Design and Development 3 4 24
Architecture 6 15 45
Computer Graphics 4 10 50
Animation 5 9 50
Sculpture 8 23 55
Painting and Drawing 8 23 55
UX/UI Desgin 7 22 58
Graphic Design 6 13 60
Illustration and Concept Art 8 25 64
Multimedia 15 45 144
Art History 36 51 151
Music 30 55 153
Singing and Vocal Performance 23 51 153
Landscape Architecture 19 88 193
Photography 47 80 214
Fashion Design 63 108 270
Creative Writing 77 141 400
Literature 70 149 419
Entertainment Industry Business 73 164 419
Aesthetics 95 184 490
Performing arts 90 198 524
Interior Design 50 205 659
Cinematography 102 316 836