Lecture studentsPlease see below for answers to some of our frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question please contact us. 

Academic programme

Is this course right for me?

If you are looking to broaden your horizons and expand on your current knowledge of biomedicine then this is the course for you.

The course explores four academic themes, further details of which can be found on the Programme details page. There will also be guest lectures, a mini research project and a career event. The course is perfectly designed to help support and push those looking to pursue future careers in biomedicine, or considering a master's programme.

Am I eligible to attend this summer school?

To be eligible to attend you must be 18 or over and currently be studying or have recently completed your undergraduate degree. We also require a certain level of English (further information on this can be found below), and that you have passed at least one undergraduate module in a bioscience subject.

Is there an English language requirement?

You need to demonstrate one of the following criteria:

  • Are undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate degree taught in English
  • IELTS (a score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements)
  • TOEFL (a score of 92 overall with a maximum score of 20 in all elements)
  • CET 4 (a minimum score of 550)
  • CET 6 (a minimum score of 520)
  • Other English language qualification (at the discretion of the Programme Coordinator)

Is there a minimum academic requirement?

There is no specific requirement for your grades etc. however an enthusiasm to learn more about the subject is a must! As well as being able to demonstrate that you have passed at least one undergraduate module in a bioscience subject.

What is the general structure of the course?

Classes take place Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.00, with an hour lunch break. There are also weekly lecture from guest speakers. There shall be one Friday within the course without classes to allow the students the opportunity to explore outside of London with a long weekend!

Where is the summer school based?

The summer school is based at Imperial College, London. We have multiple campuses, all located within Central London. The main campuses that shall be used for this programme are the South Kensington and Hammersmith Campuses.

Will I receive academic credits for attending this course?

The programme carries 7.5 ECTS credits (3-4 US), subject to your home institution approval. In order to gain academic credit, students must attend a minimum of 80% of the course and gain a combined score of 40% in the two assessments (a written exam and a lab project report with a presentation).

What if I have already studied some areas of the course before?

If some of the subject areas are familiar to you that is great, however it is our aim to expand on any existing knowledge you may already have and challenge you with further information to continue building on your biomedicine skillset.


How do I apply to attend the Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer School?

To apply to attend the summer school you will need to complete our online application form. Further details can be found on our How to apply pages.

When do applications close?

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible as places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please do ensure that you check if you require a short term study visa to attend the Summer School. You can check your visa requirements on the UK government website. If you require a short term visa we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible to ensure you have plenty of time to arrange your visa.

When shall I expect to hear the outcome of my application?

We aim to respond to all applications within 20 working days. However, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Do I need a visa to attend?

You can check if you need to apply for a visa in advance of arriving in the UK on the UK government website. If you are travelling from overseas to the Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer School you may require an invitation letter from us, once your place is confirmed on the course we can arrange to send you this.

If you have further questions about applying for a visa for the programme please contact us and we can send you more detailed information.


Is accommodation provided?

Accommodation is not provided as part of the summer school. However, Imperial has a range of different accommodation options which you can book directly with the accommodation team. More details on this can be found in the Accommodation pages.

Can I arrange my own accommodation?

Of course. There is no obligation to stay in the accommodation on offer from Imperial.


What is the cost of the summer school?

The cost of the summer school is £3500 for the four week programme. However, for applications which are made before the 31 March 2020, you are eligible for the early bird fee of £3000.

Are there any opportunities to apply for a scholarship for the summer school?

There are scholarships available for the summer school which will cover the full cost of the tuition fees (maximum of two). To apply for a scholarship you must first complete the application form for the summer school, then you must submit the scholarship application form.

Are there any discounts available?

We offer group booking discounts for students from the same university wishing to attend the programme. If 5 or more students register to attend there will be a discount of £700. If 10 or more students register this discount increases to £800 per student. So apply to attend with your friends today!

How do I pay the tuition fee?

Information on how to pay for the summer school shall be sent to you with your offer of a place. Payment must be made by credit or debit card through our online payment portal. Please note it is important to make payment within 14 days of your offer being made to confirm your place. All payments must be made in GB Pounds Sterling. Any currency conversion costs or other charges incurred in making the payment are not deducted from the fee paid to Imperial College. 

Social programme

What activities are included in the social programme?

There is a whole range of social activities available, from the theatre, Harry Potter studios to picnics in Hyde Park! We also arrange for a visit out of London to happen, so you can explore more of the United Kingdom. Make sure to look out for an email showcasing what events we have on offer for summer 2020 closer to the time.

How much does the social programme cost?

The social programme has a whole range of events on offer and as such they have different costs associated with them, some are even free. More specific details will be released when the full schedule is sent to you, so keep an eye out for this.

Is the social programme compulsory?

The social programme is optional, however the programme provides an excellent opportunity to make friends and explore London! We shall also have other students from Imperial College to help with the social programme so it is an excellent opportunity to discover what it is like to be a student at Imperial College London.

Information on Brexit

As an EU student will I have to get a visa?

The UK will leave the EU with a deal on 31 January 2020. There will be a transition period until at least 31 December 2020 during which no changes to current arrangements with Europe will take place. This means there will be no change to border arrangements and you can continue to travel as you do now during this time.

Will travel be affected?

During the transition period, until at least 31 December 2020, there will be no changes to border arrangements and you can continue to travel as you do now. Travel should not be affected for the 2020 Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer School.

Where shall I go for further information about Brexit?

The advice for students based on Brexit is updated regularly. For further updates and advice on this please visit the Imperial and the European Union webpages.