Imperial College London

2014 League Table Ranking 4
2014 Overall Score 933
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Entry Standards 560 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 11.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.94 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 2,448 Help
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A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.99 Help
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Facilities Spend 681 Help
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Graduate Prospects 87.7 Help
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Degree Completion 97.0 Help
Degree Completion
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Good Honours 84.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 27.5 Help
Green Score
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  • Imperial College London was established in 1907.
    In 2007 the College celebrated its 100th year of academic excellence and became independent from the University of London.
  • Breakthroughs associated with the College include the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics. 
  • Today Imperial research foci include interdisciplinary collaborations to improve global health, tackle climate change, develop sustainable sources of energy and address security challenges.

Notable alumni

  • Cecil Balmond (MSc Civil Engineering 1970) – award winning architect, including CCTV in Beijing.
  • Emma Townshend (MSc Humanities 1992) – writer/journalist.
  • Simon Dennis (Biology 1997) – Olympic gold medallist.
  • Louis Attrill, (MEng Civil Engineering 1997) – Olympic gold medallist.
  • Keith Duckworth (Mechanical Engineering 1957) – designer of the Cosworth DFV (Double Four Valve) engine.
  • Brian May (Physics 1968, PhD 2007) – lead guitarist of Queen.
  • Declan Curry (Chemistry 1992) – BBC presenter.
  • Jessica Hsuan (Materials 1992) – TV actress in Hong Kong.
  • Narinder Kapany (PhD Physics 1955) – father of fibre optics.
  • Andreas Mogensen (Aeronautics 1999) – first Danish astronaut (European Space Agency).
  • Nicholas Tombasiz (PhD Aeronatics 1993) – chief designer at Ferrari F1.
  • Cyrus Mistry (Civil Engineering 1990) – Chairman-elect of Tata Group.
  • Roger Bannister (St Mary’s Hospital Medical School 1954) – first person to run a mile in under a minute.
  • Simon Singh (Physics 1987) – writer/journalist.

Location and transport

  • Eight campuses in and around London, with a ninth west London campus currently under development. The main campus is in South Kensington, in central London.
  • South Kensington is an area long established as a cultural centre for the arts, sciences and music. Imperial's neighbours include the Royal Albert Hall, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • There are excellent transport links with the underground, buses and Paddington (Heathrow Express) and Victoria (Gatwick Express) mainline train stations nearby.

Entry standards

  • Entry requirements for undergraduate courses range from A*A*A to AAB at A level, or equivalent qualification, depending on the course.
  • Specific A-level (or equivalent) subjects may be required to apply for some subjects.
  • Find out more about entry requirements at Imperial on the website.

Student mix

  • In 2011–12 there were approximately 15,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students of which 36% were women.
  • 28% of students are from outside the European Union.
  • Students come from more than 126 countries.
  • On average, undergraduate applications to admissions ratio for 2011 entry was approximately 5.9:1.

Teaching standards

  • Acknowledged worldwide as a centre of excellence for teaching.
  • Departments assessed by external agencies for teaching have scored between 21 to 24 points out of 24.

Research standards

  • Consistently recognised as one of the top UK university institutions for research quality.
  • Research income is one of the largest in the UK – £314 million for 2011–12.
  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 72.9% of Imperial's research activity was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent, the highest proportion of any UK university.

Academic strengths

  • Amongst the top tier of scientific, engineering and medical research and teaching institutions in the world.
  • Pays particular regard to the practical application of science, engineering and medicine in industry, commerce and healthcare.
  • Fosters interdisciplinary working internally and collaborates widely externally.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • The Central Library at the South Kensington campus houses a large proportion of the taught course materials and offers extensive study space.
  • Offers 24-hour access during the summer examination period.
  • More than 3,400 PCs are available for student use in libraries and departmental areas.

Disability services

  • Find out about the Disability Advisory Service at Imperial on the website.
  • Contact the Disabilities Officer Mary Bown (, or see the Disabilities Statement for more information.

Students' union

  • Imperial College Union has over 300 clubs and societies, amongst the highest number in the UK.
  • Union venues play host to club nights, comedy nights, cinema and other entertainments regularly throughout term. Union facilities at the South Kensington campus include three bars and two catering outlets, all at student value prices.
  • Imperial College Union voted to disaffiliate from the National Union of Students in June 2008.


  • Sport Imperial's facilities offer free gym and swimming to all students, both at the state-of-the-art Ethos Sports Centre in South Kensington, and at facilities across the College's other campuses.
  • Other facilities include: mountain hut in Snowdonia national park, boathouse at Putney and sports grounds at Harlington and Teddington (football, rugby, lacrosse, cricket, tennis and netball).
  • There is no timetabled teaching on Wednesday afternoons, giving everyone the chance to take part in a wide range of activity.
  • Imperial College Union has a wide range of sports clubs for students of varying abilities. Many compete at a high level.
  • Sport Imperial offers a variety of scholarships for performance athletes. For further information on sports scholarships available at Imperial, please contact Anthony Hennelly (

Recent/prospective new builds

  • A major new £73 million biomedical research facility, the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine (ICTEM), was opened in May 2012 by George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer. It forms a key part of the Academic Health Science Centre, which is a unique partnership between Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
  • A new £8 million Imperial Centre for Blast Injury Studies research centre opened in December 2011, studying the effects of roadside bombs on British soldiers. The collaboration with the Royal British Legion is the first collaboration of its kind in the UK, where civilian engineers and scientists work alongside military doctors, to increase understanding of injury, treatment and recovery from the effect of roadside bombs or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and develop better ways of protecting those serving in current and future conflicts.
  • Griffon Studios, new postgraduate accommodation in Battersea, opened in October 2011 providing 566 studio apartments.
  • The new £8.9 million Chemical Engineering pilot plant project upgrading the current plant to provide carbon capture capability for use in teaching and research was completed in May 2011. The Civil Engineering workshops in the College’s Skempton building have been upgraded at a cost of £22 million, and the Mechanical Engineering modernisation project at a cost of £30.5 million.
  • In 2009 the College acquired a seven-acre site from the BBC in Wood Lane, west London, close to its Hammersmith Campus. Plans to build 606 postgraduate studio apartments on the site have been approved and, subject to permission, teaching and research facilities will also be developed there.
  • The Central Library ground floor was refurbished in 2008 to provide state-of-the-art computer workstations and group study zones, as well as a café.

For further information

  • +44 (0)20 7589 5111
  • Imperial College London
    SW7 2AZ
UCAS Code I50

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