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Imperial College London

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  • SIZE> 12,000 students

  • AGEMature

  • STATUS Private

  • RESEARCH High

  • FOCUS Comprehensive

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Ranked 8th in the world in the QS World University Rankings® 2018, Imperial College London is a one-of-a-kind institution in the UK, focusing solely on science, engineering, medicine and business.

Imperial is based in South Kensington in London, in an area known as ‘Albertopolis’, Prince Albert and Sir Henry Cole’s 19th century vision for an area where science and the arts would come together. As a result, Imperial’s neighbors include a number of world leading cultural organizations including the Science, Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums; the Royal Colleges of Art and Music; the English National Ballet; and the Royal Albert Hall, where all of their students also graduate.

There is plenty of green space too, including two Royal Parks (Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens) within 10 minutes’ walk of campus. Travel to and from the area is also really easy as it’s served by three Tube lines and many bus routes.

One of the most distinctive elements of an Imperial education is that students join a community of world-class researchers. The cutting edge and globally influential nature of this research is what Imperial is best known for. It’s the focus on the practical application of their research – particularly in addressing global challenges – and the high level of interdisciplinary collaboration that makes their research so effective. Read more about their research impact here.

The number of award winners, Nobel Prize holders and prestigious Fellowships (Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Academy of Medical Sciences) amongst their staff is a testament to the outstanding contributions they have made in their respective fields.

The proportion of students who came from overseas in their 2015–16 intake was 67%, and more than 130 countries are currently represented on campus. Meanwhile, the College’s staff, like their students, are diverse in their cultural backgrounds, nationalities and experiences.

The College has a number of campuses including their South Kensington Campus where their outstanding facilities include:

  • Full motion flight simulator used for investigating the handling qualities and performance of existing and future aircraft
  • Carbon capture pilot plant – stretching over four floors and built to industrial standards
  • Hydrodynamics laboratory for measuring waves and their impact
  • KPMG Data Observatory (DO), the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring a circular wall of 64 monitors powered by 32 computers facilitating 313 degrees of surround vision
  • Test-flight facilities for hybrid unmanned aerial robots in a lab that is equipped with 16 high-speed 3D cameras capable of tracking the robots in flight, and a further eight for tracking underwater movement
  • Wind tunnels, covering speeds from a few meters per second to Mach 9

The College offers a number of scholarships, like their President’s Undergraduate Scholarships, which are open to students of all nationalities and are worth £1,000 for each year of study (2018 entry). Discover any funding opportunities you might be eligible for on the College’s scholarships search tool.

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8
2016
9
2017
8
2018
  • 93.70
    Overall Score
  • 99.4
    Academic Reputation
  • 68.7
    Citations per Faculty
  • 100
    Employer Reputation
  • 100
    Faculty Student
  • 100
    International Faculty
  • 100
    International Students
9
2014
4
2015
=5
2016
4
2017
  • 91.40
    Overall Score
  • 95.4
    Academic Reputation
  • 91.3
    Citations per Paper
  • 90.7
    Employer Reputation
  • 82.4
    H-index Citations
20
2016
Graduate Employability Ranking
  • 75.20
    Overall Score
  • 99.8
    Employer Reputation
  • 90.2
    Partnerships with Employers
  • 77.1
    Alumni Outcomes
The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.
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Number of academic faculty staff

In total
3,930
International
2,071

Number of students

16,090
Postgraduate 43%
Undergraduate 57%

Number of international students

8,746
Postgraduate 53%
Undergraduate 47%
The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.
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The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.

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