The main campus is located in South Kensington. Imperial is organized into faculties of science, engineering, medicine, and business. The university's emphasis is on emerging technology and its practical application.
Imperial is consistently cited among the top universities in the world. In 2017, it ranked 8th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 8th in the QS World University Rankings, and 22nd in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. In 2015, Imperial was ranked the most innovative university in Europe. Staff and alumni include 15 Nobel laureates, 2 Fields Medalists, 70 Fellows of the Royal Society, 82 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and 78 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.