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All your BSc Economics, Finance and Data Science questions answered 

Our FAQs page aims to answer your questions about our BSc Economics, Finance and Data Science course, and will give you all the information you need about studying at Imperial College Business School.

The BSc Economics, Finance and Data Science course

No. The only subject specific requirement is Mathematics. See minimum entry requirements on the how to apply page.

This is a new course starting in October 2023 so you may not find comparison or historical data. However you will be embarking on a pioneering degree from a global top 10 university that was named UK University of the Year 2022 for student satisfaction and whose graduates enjoy top career and employability scores.

Find out more here.

The degree offers an in depth study of Economics at the undergraduate level and will prepare you for further study in that field if you choose that path. You will get a solid grounding in all three subjects in your first two years with the option to specialise in economics or any of the other two areas in your third year if you so desire.

Find out more here.

There is currently no option for transfer.

Applications to BSc Economics, Finance and Data Science

The application timetable for 2023 can be found on the UCAS website on this page.

Wednesday 25 January 2023 at 18.00 (UK time). You can register for updates on the process by signing up to our mailing list.

All applications must be made through UCAS. The step by step process can be found on this page.

You can find advice for writing your personal statement on this page.

After reviewing the submitted UCAS applications we will invite students to interview that we think, on paper, have the greatest potential to do well and enjoy our degree. The interview has two parts:

  1. 30 mins online maths quiz (15 questions) 
  2. 25-30 mins meeting with an academic that can be on-campus in South Kensington or online

The meeting with the academic is an opportunity to have a conversation about your motivation for our specific degree and your analytical and problem-solving skills. You are not expected to do any preparation for the interview. Watch our video to find out more about the meeting.

We will have interview weeks in late Autumn and early Spring. Our website will be updated with specific dates of these weeks nearer the time.

In the maths quiz we will ask 15 multiple choice questions in a 30-minute window. The timing of when you can take the quiz online will be fixed.

The quiz will be based on the A-level Mathematics syllabus, and you are encouraged to review standard A-level revision materials, and practice questions in them, to prepare. You will no doubt be doing this in school anyway and can make use of relevant external resources such as Dr Frost Maths to help you ahead of the quiz.

Watch our video with our Admissions Tutor to find out more.

All applications for this course are accepted through UCAS only.

Imperial College London considers IELTS scores to be valid for 2 years. Scores must be valid at the beginning of your studies at Imperial if your application is successful.

For more information regarding IELTS please visit our English language requirements page.

International admissions

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed on the how to apply page, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

The Business School does not offer its own pre-sessional course, or recognise other pre-sessional courses, as a means of meeting the English language requirement. See how to meet the English Language requirement for Imperial and this course on the EL requirements page.

If you require a student visa to study in the UK, you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from Imperial for your visa appointment. You will not need to request a CAS, simply follow the application process and we will generate a CAS when you are eligible to receive one.

To get it, you will need to:

  • have met all of the conditions of your offer (have an unconditional-firm status).
  • have indicated that you require a Tier-4/Student-route visa.
  • have provided us with a colour copy of the passport that you intend to make your visa application with. This will need to be uploaded on your MyImperial portal. 
  • If you are under 18 years of age, you must have completed/submitted the minors' declaration. Please ensure that you allow enough time to meet your conditions and apply for a visa before the start date of your programme of study.

Find out more here.

We will normally only issue your CAS 5 months before the start of your programme.

For advice on completing your Visa application once your CAS has been issued, please visit the International Student Support team webpages.

Imperial has an International Student Support team who can help you with your visa application and any immigration queries you have.

The UK officially left the EU and the transition period ended at 23:00 on 31 December 2020. If you were resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 you may be able to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme to be granted either ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status. The deadline for the scheme was 30 June 2021, however, you may still be able to apply if you have reasonable grounds why you were unable to apply before the deadline.

The College’s central source for information about Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here, including full information about applying under the EU Settlement Scheme.

If you were not living in the UK before 31 December 2020 then you will be subject to UK immigration rules and will need to ensure that you have the correct visa to study in the UK.

Find out more about BSc Economics, Finance and Data Science in our brochure