Imperial defines collaborative provision as:

β€œall learning opportunities leading or contributing to the award of academic credit or a qualification that are delivered, assessed or supported through an arrangement with one or more organisations other than the degree-awarding body.”

The College has the ultimate responsibility for the academic standards of all the awards, (including collaborative awards) conferred in its name, and for the quality of its learning opportunities, irrespective of where these are delivered or who provides them. Imperial will only enter into a collaborative partnership with another institution/organisation whose quality of provision, mission, vision and ethos are compatible with that of the College.

Information on the processes for establishing, monitoring and reviewing collaborative provision can be found below. Please note these processes do not apply to placements or student exchanges – information about these activities can be found on the Placement learning page.


Register of collaborative provision

General principles for working with other organisations

Reviewing collaborative undergraduate and postgraduate taught provision

Reviewing collaborative postgraduate research provision

Policy and procedures

Partner research institute scheme, split PhDs & Imperial recognised locations

Policy and procedures

Partner Research Institutions and Split PhDs are procedures to allow students who will be undertaking PhD study at Imperial to spend periods of time at a partner organisation to undertake research for their degree programme. In both cases, students can only be registered for the Imperial PhD programme - these procedures do not allow concurrent registration for a PhD programme at another institution.