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Application process

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How do I submit an application and what documents do I need to provide?

All applications to our postgraduate programmes are made online – we do not accept paper applications. Please refer to the ‘How to apply’ section of each programme page to see what documents you are required to submit with your application and to view the selection process.

Why do I need to complete a Quantitative Experience Statement?

All of our programmes are academically rigorous and include a quantitative component so all candidates are expected to be familiar with a basic level of mathematics before the start of the programme. The Quantitative Experience Statement provides an opportunity to demonstrate this to the selection committee.

In the Quantitative Experience Statement you need to list up to five of the most quantitative modules or elements of your studies to date. You should list the main topics of study (eg: algebra, probability etc) as well as the level of study (eg: high school, undergraduate degree, short course etc) as this will allow the selection committee to have an understanding of your quantitative experience to date.

Quantitative experience is a key selection criterion for our more quantitative programmes (MSc Finance, MSc Finance & Accounting, MSc Financial Technology, MSc Investment & Wealth Management, MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering, MSc Business Analytics, MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance and MSc Economics & Strategy for Business) so please be sure to check the entry requirements for your programme of interest to ensure your background is sufficiently quantitative. For other programmes, candidates are advised to review both the programme content and the pre-study modules to see what the numerical content of the programme includes before they submit an application.

Can I test my quantitative ability to see if I am suitable to apply for a Finance programme?

Yes, you can. Our finance programmes at Imperial College Business School are highly rigorous, and our students are required to have a high level of quantitative skills. If you are considering applying for a programme within our finance Master’s portfolio, we advise you to take our online maths test to test your quantitative ability and determine if you are suitable to apply for the programme.

Please note, this maths test is most relevant to candidates considering the MSc Finance, MSc Investment & Wealth Management, MSc Financial Technology and MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering programmes.

How many programmes can I be considered for each year?

You can apply to be considered for one programme each year, with the exception of applicants to our Finance Master's programmes, who can select two programmes to be considered for. The two programmes must be the same type of Master’s programme - i.e. both MSc.

If you are applying for two Business School programmes, you should put both your first and second choice on one application form. You should not submit two applications.

Do I need to submit evidence of my English language proficiency with my application?

While it is not compulsory to submit the results of an approved English language test with your application, it is strongly encouraged and will add weight to your application if you are able to show that you have met the language requirement prior to applying. You can find detailed information regarding the Business School’s language requirements and the tests that we accept here.

When will my referees be asked to provide a reference?

As part of your application you will be asked to provide the contact details of two referees. Your referees will be contacted by email once you have completed and submitted your application, and the email will contain instructions on how they can submit your reference via our application system. Please ensure that each reference letter that is submitted has been sent from an academic or professional email address. We cannot accept references sent from personal email addresses, such as Gmail, Hotmail, 126, 163, Sina, QQ and Yahoo.

I’ve received an email confirming that my referees have submitted my references, but this isn’t yet confirmed on my Imperial Gateway account?

Our electronic application service is provided by an external provider, so there may be a delay before the receipt of your references is confirmed on your student Imperial Gateway account. If you receive confirmation that your references have been received but this still isn’t confirmed on your Imperial Gateway account a week after receiving the confirmation, please contact the registry team at business.admissions@imperial.ac.uk.

Will I be invited to interview?

As part of the selection process, shortlisted candidates for the following MSc programmes will be invited to complete an interview:

  • MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time and on campus, full-time)*

  • MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance

  • MSc Economics & Strategy for Business

  • MSc Finance

  • MSc Financial Technology

  • MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management

  • MSc International Management

  • MSc Investment & Wealth Management

  • MSc Management

  • MSc Strategic Marketing

For most programmes, interviews will normally be conducted through our video interview platform, which you can access online to record and submit your answers; occasionally you may be invited to interview via Skype or telephone instead.

*Candidates for MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time and on campus, full-time) will be assessed on both quantitative and general skill based questions.

Preparing for your interview

The interview process typically takes about 20 minutes and does not require extensive preparation. It aims to supplement your written application by providing a further opportunity for you to articulate your suitability for your MSc programme of choice through questions about your previous experience and future aspirations.

What interview platform do you use, and how will I be notified if I need to complete an online interview?

If you are invited to submit a video interview, you will be sent details of how to access and use the Kira Talent online interview platform.

Once you have created an account, you will be asked a series of questions, to which you can record your answers as short videos and submit them online.

Please make sure that the invitation doesn’t go to your junk mail by adding kiratalent.com to your list of safe senders. You must complete your online interview by the deadline stated in the email.  If the email has gone into a junk, spam, or clutter folder in your inbox, we will not be able to rearrange a new interview for you, and your application will be considered for withdrawal.

Please note: our video interviews are conducted via the Kira Talent platform. As Kira Talent is an independent third party service provider with their own terms and conditions of service and privacy policy, please familiarise yourself with these and ensure you are happy with them before proceeding to use the Kira service and platform.

Will it be possible to rearrange the time of my Skype interview if the proposed time doesn’t suit me?

If you are invited to attend a Skype interview, you will be contacted by the Admissions Team with a proposed time and interviewer details. Please note that whilst we try to take into account time differences for international candidates, it is not generally possible to reschedule interviews due to interviewer availability. Please make every effort to ensure that you are available for the suggested time slot.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

For MSc International Management, MSc Finance, MSc Finance & Accounting, MSc Financial Technology MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering and MSc Investment & Wealth Management, we operate a staged admissions process with several deadlines throughout the year. Please refer to the ‘How to apply’ section of each of these programmes pages to view application deadlines and decision dates for successful candidates.

For all other MSc programmes, you can expect to receive a decision within 6-8 weeks of having submitted a complete application. Please keep in mind that during busy times and/or where documents are missing from an application, this time may increase.

I’ve been put on a waiting list, when will I receive a final decision?

Unfortunately we are unable to confirm when you will receive a decision on your application but we will be in touch via email as soon as there is an update. Please be aware that you do not need to provide any additional information unless you think that this will add significant weight to your application (e.g. updated transcripts, relevant internships, English language results).

The waiting list is loosely ranked and should positions open up we will consider the strongest applications on the list first. Please note that as the list is only loosely ranked, we are unable to advise on a candidate’s individual position on the list. It is also worth noting that candidates can remain on the waiting list for multiple admissions rounds.

My application has been unsuccessful; can I have some feedback?

Please email your programme admissions team if you would like feedback on your application. Please note that whilst limited feedback can be provided, the decision of the academic selectors is final and it will not be possible for your application to be reconsidered.

Entry requirements

Can you advise me on my eligibility?

We are unable to assess eligibility before an applicant applies as the academic selection committee needs to review a full application before any decision can be made. Please check the specific entry requirements of the programme you are interested in studying along with our international entry requirements. If you feel you meet our entry requirements you can apply online.

In addition to the guidance available on our website, we also hold regular information sessions both online and on-campus throughout the year where we would be happy to discuss your suitability in more detail.

Is GMAT/GRE a compulsory requirement?

MSc International Management

You are expected to have a valid GMAT or GRE score as part of your application for MSc International Management, however we will consider waiver requests from candidates with exceptional academic backgrounds.

To apply for a waiver you should have achieved / be on track to achieve a UK First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a quantitative subject from one of the top 100 institutions in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

Requests will be considered once applications open. Requests should be sent to icbs.mim@imperial.ac.uk before you submit your MSc application and will be reviewed on a case by case basis within 7 days.

If you do not qualify for a waiver, you are required to submit a valid GMAT or GRE score as part of your application and you are asked not to apply before you are able to do so. Failure to provide a complete application will result in a delay and your application could be withdrawn.

Other MSc programmes

GMAT/GRE is not a compulsory requirement for our other MSc programmes, but a well-balanced result will add weight to you application.

For MSc Management, MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management, MSc Economics & Strategy for Business, MSc Business Analytics, or any of our Finance Master’s programmes, submitting a GMAT result is recommended as a well-balanced result with 650 or higher overall can add weight to your application. GMAT is highly recommended for candidates from less quantitative degree backgrounds.

If you would like your GMAT/GRE results to be taken into consideration, we recommend you provide the score report at the point that you submit your application. We cannot guarantee that your GMAT results will be considered if they are not submitted with the rest of your application materials. Please note that we do not need to receive the original paper copy of your GMAT/GRE test results. If you have sat the exam, please attach a scanned copy of the score report with your application.

I’ve studied my degree in English; can I have an English language waiver?

No. This is to ensure that all our students are able to gain maximum benefit from their programme by being able to interact effectively with teaching staff and other students.

Please note that English language interviews are available to admitted students who have been or will be awarded a degree from an English speaking country and have studied in an English speaking country for a minimum of one year. Please refer to the English Language Requirements page to see if you meet the eligibility criteria for an English language interview.

I don’t meet the academic entry requirement but I have some work experience, will I be considered?

The majority of the MSc programmes require a minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) to be admitted. While work experience can add weight to an application, this would not be considered in place of meeting the academic requirement, regardless of how lengthy the experience has been.

The exceptions to this are MSc International Health ManagementMSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time), and MSc Strategic Marketing (online, part-time). Please refer to the programme’s entry requirements for more detailed information.

We may consider candidates applying to MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) with non-traditional qualifications and backgrounds, on the basis of highly relevant work experience or demonstrated interest.

Does the Business School offer Pre-sessional English?

The Business School does not offer pre-sessional English courses or accept attendance of a pre-sessional English course as a means of meeting the English language requirement.

Fees and funding

What are the tuition fees?

Tuition fee amounts are different depending on the programme you are studying. For more specific information on a particular programme’s fee and deposit amount, please visit the Fees page for your programme of interest. Unless otherwise stated, tuition fees are the same for UK, EU and international students.

Can I pay my tuition fees in instalments?

Yes, you can. You can pay your tuition fees in either one or two instalments payable at the start of term, or at the start of term and February, respectively. If you pay in instalments there will be a 2% surcharge of the total amount added to your first instalment. You would be asked to select a payment schedule during the offer acceptance process. Please contact the Student Finance Team if you have further questions about this process.

What Scholarships am I eligible to apply for, and where can I find out further information about these?

The Business School offers a variety of different scholarships, each with unique eligibility criteria.

All candidates who submit an MSc application before the scholarship deadlines (listed on our website) and receive an offer for one of our programmes will automatically be considered for scholarship(s) relevant to their programme, providing they do not have additional criteria such as a video submission or GMAT result. You can be considered for multiple scholarships at the same time.

Additionally, there are a number of cross-programme awards and programme specific awards also available. Please check on the scholarships page on your programme of choice for eligibility and entry requirements.

Find out more information about all our 2020 MSc scholarships.

I have previously studied at Imperial College London, am I eligible for an Alumni discount on the tuition fee cost?

Yes, we offer a 10% bursary on programme fees to successful candidates with an undergraduate degree from Imperial awarded at a minimum of upper second class, or Master’s degree awarded with a minimum of Merit. In order to be considered for this bursary, you must submit your application by the scholarship

Why are the tuition fees different for MSc Climate Change, Management and Finance?

The tuition fees for MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance reflect the willingness to encourage EU students’ participation due to its association to the Climate KIC, funded by the European Institute of Technology.

I’m being sponsored; what documents do I need to provide?

If you are being sponsored by an organisation that will be responsible for paying your tuition fees, you must provide acceptable proof of the award.

Satisfactory evidence of sponsorship is usually regarded as an original, dated and duly authorised letter from your sponsor on headed paper which includes the following:

  • Your name and College Identifier Number

  • The programme for which you have been offered a place

  • The amount of fees which will be paid by your sponsor

  • The address to which the invoice should be sent

  • Any Purchase Order Number required

  • Confirmation that the fees will be sent directly to Imperial College

Sponsorship letters should be posted to:

Business School Admissions team
Registry
Imperial College London
Level 3 Sherfield Building
South Kensington Campus
London
SW7 2AZ

Admitted students

When will I receive my official offer?

When the Business School recommends an offer, the College Registry team will perform a final review of your application to make sure that all College entry requirements are met before making an official offer. This process can take up to three weeks from Business School’s recommendation.

Where can I get an official offer letter?

You will not need a formal letter from the College confirming your offer status for your visa appointment. However, if you do need an official offer letter for another reason, you can access a printable version on your Imperial Gateway account.

Can I defer my offer?

In fairness to future applicants, so that all of next year’s applicants can be considered equally, we are currently only offering deferrals in very exceptional circumstances, based on a change of circumstances that is outside your control, and could not have been foreseen, that will prevent you from taking up your offer.

If you would prefer to study with us next year, we would welcome your application when we re-open admissions to the 2021/22 academic year and would provide an application fee waiver.

If you would like to request a deferral due to your exceptional circumstances, please contact Admissions.

How do I show that I’ve met the English language condition of my offer?

IELTS and TOEFL certificates should be scanned and emailed to business.admissions@imperial.ac.uk. If you have not yet received your certificates, you can email your IELTS Test Report Number or TOEFL 16 digit registration number to the Registry team.

If you have completed the Pearson Test of Academic English, please ensure you have sent your scores to Imperial via your Pearson PTE account.

If you have completed another one of Imperial’s accepted English language qualifications, you will need to post the original, hard copy to the Registry team to support this qualification. Please refer to the Admitted Students page for more information and the address that the document will need to be posted to.

How do I show that I’ve met the academic condition of my offer?

Please refer to our admitted student page on meeting your offer conditions for details of how and where to send your academic documents.

How much is the deposit payment?

If you are made an offer for a place on the programme, you will be asked to pay a deposit, which is non-refundable apart from in certain circumstances, in order to secure your place. This is part of the total fees, not an additional cost. The tuition fees team will email your deposit invoice within five working days of accepting the offer, and this will need to be paid within 30 days of receiving the invoice.

You can see the specific deposit amount for your programme of choice in the 'Fees and funding' section for that programme. 

Why is the deposit condition still showing on my Imperial Gateway account when I’ve already made the payment?

Once the deposit has been paid, please allow time for the deposit to be processed. You should see confirmation that the deposit has been received on your Imperial Gateway account after 3-5 working days of making the payment. If the deposit condition has not been cleared on your account after five working days of making the payment, please contact the Tuition Fees team for assistance.

Can I extend my deposit deadline?

It is not normally possible to extend a deposit deadline, but it may be possible to consider a request to do so in exceptional circumstances. Please email your Business School Admissions team outlining the reasons for requesting the extension and state when you expect to be able to make the deposit payment.

Is the deposit refundable?

Apart from in certain circumstances, deposits are not refundable if you fail to take up your place on the programme. You can find out if you qualify for a refund and the process for requesting a refund on the College’s postgraduate deposit information page.

I’ve received an offer, how do I secure my place?

Once the Business School Registry team has updated your Imperial Gateway account with your offer you will have 28 days to decide whether you would like to accept or decline this. Should you choose to accept, the Tuition Fee team will issue you with an invoice for the deposit payment within five working days of you making this decision. Once you have received the invoice, you will then have a further 30 days in which to make the deposit payment. Please be aware that failure to pay the deposit on time may result in your offer being withdrawn.

All admitted students must pay the deposit. The only exception to this is students with confirmed sponsorship for the full value of their tuition fees, who will need to provide proof of their funding to the College Registry before being exempted. Please refer to the ‘I’m being sponsored; what documents do I need to provide? FAQ if this is applies to you.

What are the laptop requirements for the MSc Business Analytics programme?

All incoming MSc Business Analytics students are required to bring a laptop with them that meets the following requirements:

Recommended configuration: Core i7 or equivalent, 16GB or more of RAM

OS: Windows 7 or higher, Mac

All students are expected to have already installed the following software (by and large free):

  • A Python IDE and package (Anaconda 3)

  • PostgreSql

  • R Studio

Note that although you are not required to know programming at the time of joining, you are expected to learn programming and most classes use R, Python or SQL. To get started and make your learning easier you may want to take a free online R course, a Python course and a SQL tutorial once you install the above.

All students should be willing to learn programming and become proficient in code.

Where teaching will be a combination of on-campus and remote learning (online) due to COVID-19, what are the minimum technical requirements for remote and online teaching?

Your device and internet access are the most important components of a rewarding remote or online experience. We want to make certain that you have all the necessary resources available to make the most of your experience. You can find out more on our technical requirements page.

Visa and immigration

What do I need for my visa appointment?

Your CAS number holds information about the programme you will study and if you have paid any fees. You will not need a formal letter from the College confirming your offer status for your visa appointment.

For more information about what you will need, see the UKVI website.

If you need any advice about your visa please contact the International Student Support team. Most information can be found on the International Student Support website.

I require a visa to study in the UK, when will I receive my CAS?

Registry will start issuing CAS numbers to unconditionally admitted students from June 2019 onwards. We cannot provide a CAS number if you have outstanding conditions of your offer, in any circumstances. Before your CAS is issued you must upload a scanned copy of the photo page of your passport that you will use to apply for your Tier 4 visa and current UK visa, if appropriate. Please ensure that you allow enough time to both meet your conditions and complete the visa application process before the start date of your programme.

Accommodation

Does the Business School provide accommodation?

Many students choose to live in private rented accommodation whilst attending the Business School whilst others choose to book accommodation through GradPad. Please refer to the accommodation page for more information regarding the different types of accommodation available to you.

Visiting the Business School

Are there any open days I can attend?

The Business School hold online and on campus information sessions throughout the year to give you the opportunity to learn more about the programmes from the Programme Director, current students and alumni. Please refer to the meet us page to find out when the next event is being held for your interested programme(s).

How do I find the Business School?

The Business School is located on the South Kensington campus of Imperial College London. Please refer to the location page for our address and guidance on how to get here.

Other questions

Which team should I contact for help?

Please note that before you contact us you should also check information on the relevant pages on the Business School or College website. If your question isn’t answered, please contact the appropriate team below.

 

General application queries

Admissions Team 

business.school@imperial.ac.uk

 

– Deposit and tuition fee invoice queries (including refunds)

– To check if your payment has been received

Tuition Fees Team

tuition.fees@imperial.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7594 8011

 

– To check if your documents have been received

– Queries regarding your CAS number

Registry

business.admissions@imperial.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7594 7258

 

Career-related queries from admitted students

Careers Team

icbs.careers@imperial.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7594 9617

 

Visa and immigration queries

International Student Support

Web form

+44 (0) 20 7594 8040

 

Accommodation queries

accommodationaccommodation@imperial.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7594 9444

 

General student information and advice

Student Hub

student.hub@imperial.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7594 9444

 

– Advice on budgeting and London living costs

– Advice on external scholarships

Student Financial Support

student.funding@imperial.ac.uk

+44 (0) 20 7594 9014

 

If you’ve submitted your application but haven’t received your CID number

Registry Systems

registry.systems@imperial.ac.uk

 

Password or technical issues with your Imperial Gateway account

IT Service

deskservice.desk@imperial.ac.uk

+44 (0)20 7594 9000

Do you offer any programmes on a part-time basis?

Almost all of the MSc programmes we have available are 12 month, full-time programmes. The only exceptions are our MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) and MSc Strategic Marketing (online, part-time) programmes, which are available on a part-time basis.

Does Imperial College Business School offer undergraduate programmes?

Imperial College Business School does not offer any Bachelor’s degrees, but we do offer a range of courses at undergraduate level:

  • BPES Programme– our Business for Professional Engineers and Scientists Programme provides existing Imperial College engineering and science undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn about business and management.

  • Joint Honours and Intercalated BSc Programme– this programme offers Imperial College’s science and medical undergraduates a challenging one-year course in management. This programme is also available to intercalating BSc students from other institutions.

  • Summer School Programme– we offer a suite of challenging three-week Summer School courses that are designed to enrich, enhance and develop your business knowledge and practical skills.

Will the result of the United Kingdom’s EU referendum affect the tuition fees for my programme?

No, your tuition fees for 2020 entry will not change.

The tuition fees for MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance, which is a joint programme between the Business School and The Grantham Institute, will remain at £29,500 for international students and £21,500 for UK/EU students.

The fees for all other MSc and MBA programmes at Imperial College Business School will remain consistent, regardless of students’ nationality or fee status.

Information on how the result of the referendum will affect Imperial College London is being posted on this page as it becomes available.

How will the result of the United Kingdom’s EU referendum affect Imperial College London?

Message from the President and Provost

“Imperial is, and will remain, a European university, whatever your view of the referendum outcome. We are very proud of the innovations, ideas and inspiration that come from the European members of Imperial’s global community.

We are determined that political changes will not hold Imperial back from delivering excellence in research and education for the benefit of global society. We will vigorously defend our international values if they are threatened and will continue to think and act internationally.

Our European students, staff and partners are crucial to the current and future success of this great university, and we look forward to continued strong ties with Europe and the world over the coming years.

We are urgently seeking clarification from the government on the visa and fee status of non-UK European Union students, as well as other key policy areas for the College as the UK negotiates its future relationship with Europe.

We will update the community, and especially those who may be affected, as we learn more.”

President Professor Alice P. Gast and Provost Professor James Stirling CBE FRS

Updates will be posted on this page as they become available.

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