Imperial College London

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.15 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.36 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.92 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    90.8 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours 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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    86.5 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    96.4 / 100.0


  • 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.
  • Imperial researchers work across disciplines to improve health and wellbeing, understand the natural world, engineer novel solutions and lead the data revolution.

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, Imperial’s main undergraduate centre, 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 Requirements

  • 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.

Student Mix

The 16,610 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 54%
  • Postgraduate 46%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 92%
  • Part Time 8%


  • UK 52%
  • EU 16%
  • Other 32%

Student gender

  • Male 62%
  • Female 38%

Teaching Standards

  • Acknowledged worldwide as a centre of excellence for teaching.
  • In the 2015 National Student Survey the College’s overall Teaching Satisfaction score increased to 89% (+1% from 2014).
  • Overall Satisfaction also increased to 88% (+1% from 2014).

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 – £526m for 2014–15.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 91% of Imperial's research activity was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent, the highest proportion of any major UK university.

Academic Strengths

  • Among the top tier of scientific, engineering and medical research and teaching institutions in the world.
  • Pays particular regards to the practical application of science, engineering and medicine in industry, commerce and healthcare.
  • Has a thriving start-up culture, including incubation spaces that support the commercialisation of student and academic discoveries.
  • Fosters interdisciplinary working internally and collaborates widely externally.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The Central Library at the main South Kensington campus offers 24-hour access and houses material to support both taught courses and research, and also a wide range of recreational reading material both fiction and non-fiction. The library also offers extensive study space and laptops and iPads are available for students to borrow.
  • Free wi-fi is available across campus.
  • The college is consistently rated highly for Learning Resources in the National Student Survey, with 95% satisfaction rating in the last survey.

Disability Services

The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) is open to all Imperial applicants and students, whether they have an established disability, or are considering the possibility of assessment for a specific learning difficulty. The DAS offers confidential advice, support and guidance on a range of issues, including:

  •  Access arrangements for examinations
  •  Screening and assessments for specific learning difficulties
  •  Funding options for disability-related support
  •  Learning and teaching support, e.g. longer library loans
  •  Accessing assistive technology
  •  Adjustments to teaching materials
  •  Specialist one-to-one study skills support
  •  Specialist mentoring

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 it's 16,000+ members since 1907.
  • Imperial College Union has over 340 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 include four bars and two nightclubs, a shop, a newsagent, a vast representation network and much, much more.
  • You can find more information on our website.

Careers Guidance

The Careers Service provides a varied and comprehensive careers guidance, information and vacancy service for all students and alumni of Imperial College including:

  • Expert one to one advice with one of our careers consultants, through 20 minute discussions and 40 minute discussions.
  • CV, application and interview seminars run throughout the autumn and spring terms.
  • Useful careers information resources set out in a comfortable information room to allow you to research your career options.
  • Employer presentations, skills workshops and careers talks to give you an opportunity to speak directly to graduate recruiters.

A range of Careers Fairs each year including: 

  • Engineering Careers Fair
  • Science Fair
  • PhD Fair
  • Banking and Finance Fair
  • Various other sector focussed events

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Imperial’s new White City Campus is a rapidly growing, vibrant innovation district in London – at the heart of the world’s capital for science and innovation, close to its Hammersmith Campus. The 25-acre campus is providing a new approach to innovation and entrepreneurship. The co-location of research, business and healthcare on this scale is unprecedented in London, reinforcing the capital’s position as a catalyst for scientific development and economic growth. At the White City Campus thousands of next generation thinkers and entrepreneurs will translate and commercialise cutting-edge research for the benefit of our economy and society. In 2016, the Translation and Innovation Hub will house co-located laboratories with major technology partners, new start-ups and fast-growth technology companies.
  • An unprecedented £40m gift in 2014 from alumnus Michael Uren OBE and his foundation will help support the construction of the Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub at the White City Campus. The new biomedical engineering centre will house research into new and affordable medical technology, helping people affected by a diverse range of medical conditions. It will comprise of laboratory and office space for interdisciplinary, translational research initiatives at the interface of biomedical sciences and engineering. It will include a clinical facility providing patients with direct access to innovations in healthcare.
  • In 2015, Imperial launched the Dyson School of Design Engineering to educate a new generation of graduate engineers and technology leaders, thanks to a £12m donation from the James Dyson Foundation.
  • The College's new Woodward Hall, opening for 2015 entry, provides around 700 bed spaces as part of a wider student village of over 2,000 students, with facilities including a gym, music rehearsal rooms, a coffee shop, restaurants, and bars.
  • A major new £73m 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 £8m 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 £8.9m 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 £22m, and the Mechanical Engineering modernisation project at a cost of £30.5m.

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 Aeronautics 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 four minutes.
  • Simon Singh (Physics 1987) – writer/journalist.

Further Details

Address Imperial College London
UCAS Code I50