About our degrees
Types of qualification
Our degrees lead to the award of one of the following qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- Master in Science (MSci)
- Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
- Master of Engineering (MEng)
- Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
The MEng and MSci are known as integrated Master’s awards whereby study at the level of a Bachelor’s degree with Honours is combined with Master’s-level study during the latter stages of a single, continuous programme of study.
Students on our six-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree undertake a one-year intercalated BSc degree in the fourth year. This allows them to gain a further qualification in a subject related to medicine alongside their MBBS degree. The College also offers a Graduate Medicine MBBS programme, which extends over five years.
Joint Honours degrees, combining two disciplines, are available in certain subjects.
As well as your main degree, you may receive an award of Associateship from one of Imperial’s historic constituent Colleges:
- Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS)
- Associateship of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM)
- Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI)
- Associateship of the Imperial College School of Medicine (AICSM)
These are awarded to students (normally undergraduate students) provided they have satisfied the College’s requirements for their course of study and the minimum period of study as required for the award of Associateship.
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is an academic credit system for higher education widely used throughout the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). It is a central tool in the Bologna Process, and increases the transparency and understanding of qualifications within the EHEA.
How does ECTS work?
ECTS credits express the volume of learning based on the achievement of defined learning outcomes and their associated workload. The credits you accumulate are transferable, meaning you may be able to use them towards another programme offered by the same institution or by another institution.
The ECTS value of our degrees is displayed on our course pages.
Some of our integrated Master’s degrees incorporate assessed work outside the academic terms and therefore attract more ECTS credits.
Students on other integrated Master's degrees may be able to optionally undertake additional study or project work in the summer vacations to raise their ECTS count – details of available opportunities will be confirmed by your department.
ECTS credits are not awarded on the MBBS programmes.
Provision of courses
The details of our courses are subject to change. Please check our course pages regularly for the latest information.
The College will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses in accordance with the descriptions set out on this website. However, the College does not provide education to UK undergraduates on a commercial basis.
The College reserves the right to make variations to the content or methods of delivery of courses, to discontinue courses and to merge or combine courses, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the College in the context of its wider purposes.
Optional modules may not all run every year, for example due to staffing, timetabling or lack of student demand.
If the College discontinues any course, it will use reasonable endeavours to provide a suitable alternative course.
Changes to our courses
For entry in the 2018–19 academic year, please note that Imperial is currently in the process of revising its taught course and assessment structures with the aim of introducing a standardised modular structure and enhanced degree provision across the College. This will include changes to academic and examination regulations for all taught undergraduate (and Master's level) courses.
As a result, we will be making changes to some of the course content and assessment information set out on our course pages prior to the start of the courses in 2018. We believe these changes will either benefit you or have no impact on you; they are very unlikely to impact you negatively.
We recommend that you check this website before finalising your application and after submitting it, as we will publish updated course information on our course pages during the year as and when the new course structures are ratified by College decision-making bodies.