Summer School

Summer School

Expand your world with a summer at a top 10 London university

Join Imperial College Business School for one of our intensive and inspiring Summer School courses to increase your academic standing and boost your employment prospects within an increasingly competitive marketplace. Based in one of the most exciting and culturally diverse cities in the world, our Summer School students have the opportunity to build an international network, gain academic credit, and explore everything that London has to offer.

Taught by world-class faculty, our courses offer both theoretical and practical learning to cement your knowledge and expand your skill set. Running across three weeks, Summer School is a fantastic introduction to the world of business and life in London. 

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An enriching summer school programme at a global top 10 university

in Europe (Imperial College London, QS World University Rankings 2023)
in the world (Imperial College London, QS World University Rankings 2024)
city for students (London, QS Best Student City Rankings 2023)

Programme content

Open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, or individuals with less than five years experience, you can choose from three courses in Business Analytics, Machine Learning & Applied Statistics or Business Strategy & Consulting.

Note, this information is for the 2023 intake, 2024 courses and social programme are to be confirmed.


The goal of the course is to introduce students to three different areas in analytics, with a focus on prescriptive analytics. This course will focus on a brief introduction to probability/statistics, decision trees and optimisation and networks with applications in logistics and organisations.

Week one

You will review some basic probability (distributions, conditional probability, Bayes Theorem, Central Limit Theorem, etc.). You'll also learn what a stochastic process is and how to perform a Monte-Carlo simulation. Finally, if time permits, the class will discuss some problems from statistics and some fun puzzles/biases from probability and statistics that often appear in the real world. 

Week two

You will learn how to formulate managerial decision problems as linear and discrete optimization problems, what the properties of these optimization problems are, and how these optimization problems can be solved in Excel and AMPL. The methodology will be accompanied with various applications in supply chain management, revenue management and finance.  

Week three

You will learn about the specification and estimation of the linear regression model, from model assumptions, coefficient estimation to model inference and predictions. Using empirical applications drawn from economics and related fields, you will learn how these approaches can be successfully applied in practice. 

“Soon after I finished up with Summer School, I started working at Deloitte as an Analyst. Imperial gave me the confidence to contribute to my organisation with utmost professionalism. I am sure that the lessons I learned during the Summer School are going to be helpful to me as I proceed forward in my career trajectory.”
Vipal Adroja
Summer School
Business Strategy & Consulting
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Frequently asked questions

The programme is open to current undergraduates and postgraduates*. We require all students to be studying towards or have completed a Bachelor degree. We expect all applicants to be achieving strong results and on track for a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university (or the international equivalent) but we do consider candidates with slightly lower results and may make an offer for the Summer School, depending on the strength of the whole application.

Read more about our entry requirements.

*Please note that current Imperial College MSc and PhD students are unable to apply for the Summer School.

The Summer School is aimed at candidates who are currently studying for their undergraduate degree and the majority of students are aged between 18 and 21 years of age. The teaching is not intended for people with a significant amount of work experience, so it would be unlikely that our offering is what you are looking for in your studies. You may wish to take a look at the Business School’s Executive Education suite as it offers programmes in similar subject areas to the Summer School but instead aimed at those with more professional experience.

Students can only take one course. Please visit our Courses page for more information.


Applications to the Summer School are made through our website. Please ensure that you fully complete the application form as otherwise there could be delays to your application. Please visit our How to Apply section for further information.

There are no application fees for our Summer School courses.

Please see our Entry Requirements for full details of our English language requirements.

Please note: you must have scored results that meet our requirements before we will consider your application.

References are not required for the Summer School programme.


For more information on the fees, please visit the Fees page.

Please note that the tuition fees do not include living expenses, accommodation or the social programme.

Unfortunately, we can only accept students onto the Business School Summer School if they have completed at least one year of Bachelor level studies and are over the age of 18 on the first day. There are no exceptions to this rule. You may wish to consider the Imperial College Global Summer School which is specifically for under-18s.


Students with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or other special needs may be entitled to special arrangements in their examinations such as extra time or permission to use a PC. Students should ensure that any such requests are made to the Examinations Manager, Jo Chaffin . For Imperial College procedures, please see the College website.

The courses are intensive; many require both self-study and group work outside of the scheduled teaching hours.  We therefore strongly recommend that students do not undertake any form of work while they are participating in the Summer School.   

Please note that if you enter the UK on a Standard Visitor visa, you are not entitled to work (paid, unpaid, voluntary or as part of a work placement or internship).

Completion provides no guaranteed route onto one of our MSc courses as each Masters programme has their own set of entry requirements which are significantly higher than those for the Summer School courses.


There are scholarships available - please check our scholarships page.


If you have been made an offer for the Summer School you will receive an offer email which will include a payment link. You will have fourteen days from the date the offer email is sent in which to complete your payment. Your place on the programme will not be confirmed until you have paid your fees.


Students from outside the UK may require a visa to join the Summer School. 

Short Term Study Visa

The Standard Visitor Visa allows students to come to the UK for periods of up to six months (per calendar year) in order to undertake a short course of study. If you have no other form of immigration permission, the Standard Visitor visa is the required route for Summer School students at Imperial College Business School. 

  • If you are a National of one of the countries NOT on this list (Appendix 2) it means it means you can obtain your entry clearance on arrival in the UK and you DO NOT have to make a Standard Visitor visa application before travelling. It is vital that you make sure you tell the border officer what your intention is for entering the UK and that you take the visa letter we have provided as it will provide the information about the course.
  • If you ARE a National of one of the countries on this list (Appendix 2) it means you MUST make a visa appointment as soon as possible for a Standard Visitor Visa. You will need to include the confirmation letter from Imperial College Business School as proof that the course is less than 6 months long. Once you have your visa please upload a copy of this and the photo page of your passport to your My Imperial account.

You can find more information on the College website about visa requirements for short-term study.

Tier 4 Student Visa

If you are currently on a Tier 4 student visa which will be valid during Summer School, you are not required to apply for anything else. You will, however, need to upload the following to your MyImperial account:

  1. A copy of your Tier 4 visa student visa
  2. A copy of your passport (photo page only)
  3. A letter from your current university/institution confirming that you are a registered student

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals

Students who hold settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme do not need any immigration permission for the UK.  

If you do not have this status because you did not live in the UK before 31 December 2020, you will need to enter the UK as a Standard Visitor in order to study on the Summer School. You can obtain your entry clearance on arrival in the UK and do not need to apply for a visa before travelling.

If you have any questions which may not be addressed on this page, please contact us in the first instance and we will be happy to help.

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