Imperial College London

Imperial College London aims to achieve enduring excellence in science, engineering, medicine and business for the benefit of society. With an international reputation for teaching and research excellence, and consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial is committed to developing the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

UCAS Code: I50

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 53%
  • Postgraduate 47%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%

Where students come from

  • UK 48%
  • EU 17%
  • Other 35%

Student gender

  • Male 60%
  • Female 40%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The Central Library at the main South Kensington campus offers 24-hour access. It houses material to support both taught courses and research, along with a wide range of recreational fiction and non-fiction reading material. 
  • The library also offers extensive study space, and laptops and iPads are available for students to borrow.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available across campus.

Careers advice

  • The Careers Service provides a varied and comprehensive careers guidance, information and vacancy service for all students and alumni of Imperial College.
  • Career consultants provide one-to-one sessions of expert advice; and throughout the autumn and spring terms, run seminars covering CVs, application and interviews.
  • Useful careers information resources are available for students to research their career options.
  • Employer presentations, skills workshops and careers talks give students an opportunity to speak directly to graduate recruiters.
  • A range of careers fairs each year include subject-specific fairs in engineering, science, banking and finance, and other sector focused events, along with a PhD fair.

Health services

  • Students living within the extended catchment area will be eligible to register at the NHS Health Centre located on the South Kensington campus. Students living elsewhere will need to register with a local GP, but can still use the NHS Health Centre services during the day.
  • The Dental Surgery, located next to the Health Centre, offers a range of NHS and private treatments.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The college's Student Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service offers free and confidential counselling on personal issues that may be affecting student's well-being.

Disability support

  • The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) is open to all Imperial applicants and students, whether they have an established disability, or are considering assessment for a specific learning difference.
  • The DAS offers confidential advice, support and guidance on a range of issues, including access arrangements for examinations, screening and assessments for specific learning differences, and funding options for disability-related support.
  • Support includes access to learning and teaching support, such as longer library loans, assistive technology, specialist one-to-one study skills support and mentoring, along with adjustments to teaching materials.

Students' Union

  • Every student at Imperial College London is a member of Imperial College Union, a student-led organisation which has been enhancing the education and development of its 16,000+ members since 1907.
  • Imperial College Union has over 370 clubs and societies, among the highest number in the UK.
  • Union venues play host to club and comedy nights, cinema and other entertainments regularly throughout term. Facilities include four bars and two nightclubs, a shop, a newsagent, a vast representation network and much, much more.


  • Imperial College London was established in 1907.
  • Breakthroughs associated with the college include the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics.
  • Distinguished members of the College have included 14 Nobel laureates and three Fields Medallists.

Fascinating Fact

  • Imperial College London holds a Silver Athena Swan award, which recognises advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine in academia.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Cecil Balmond – award-winning architect, including CCTV in Beijing.
  • Emma Townshend – writer and journalist.
  • Keith Duckworth – designer of the Cosworth DFV (Double Four Valve) engine.
  • Brian May – lead guitarist of Queen.
  • Jessica Hsuan – TV actress in Hong Kong.
  • Narinder Kapany – father of fibre optics.
  • Andreas Mogensen – first Danish astronaut, European Space Agency.
  • Nicholas Tombazis – F1 car designer, now technical chief for the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile).
  • Cyrus Mistry – former chair of Tata Group.
  • Simon Singh – writer and journalist.


Imperial College London, London, SW7 2AZ