Choosing a course
We offer a wide range of courses at Imperial, and it can be daunting knowing which to choose – especially as many of the subjects on offer may be ones that your son or daughter hasn’t studied before.
Things that you may want to consider include:
- how many contact hours your son/daughter can expect;
- how the course is assessed – by exam, coursework, practical exams, or a mixture;
- how successful graduates of the course have been;
- levels of student satisfaction;
- whether the course offers the opportunity to study abroad or undertake a work placement;
More detailed information may also be available on departmental websites, and your child can always email the relevant department if they need more information.
Your child can apply for up to five courses (from a mixture of universities) so they don't have to narrow down their choice too much at the application stage. A maximum of four of their course choices can be in any one of the following: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or veterinary science.
Applying for more than one course within the same department will count as separate UCAS choices. However, applications may only be considered once by the department in some cases, especially if the entry requirements for the courses are the same. If your child is considering making multiple applications to one department, we advise they contact the relevant department for advice before submitting their application.
What options are there for changing course?
At Imperial, many degrees within departments have a common structure for the first one or two years. This means transfers to different courses within the same department is often possible, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Transferring to a course in different department is more complicated and will depend on many factors, including availability of places and similarity of course content.
If your child is currently studying at Imperial and is thinking about changing their course, they should speak to their department as soon as possible.
If they are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on their Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.
What's the gender balance like at Imperial?
Our specialist focus on ‘traditionally male’ subjects is reflected in the current gender balance. As is the case at most other UK universities, female students are under-represented in Engineering.
However, the male to female ratio is different, depending on the subject. For example, Chemistry is more evenly split, while the Department of Life Sciences is home to more female undergraduates than male.
In real numbers, there are over 6,000 female students at the College.