Applications and interviews
Electrical and Electronic Engineering is profoundly shaping the human experience, providing the most powerful set of tools that has yet existed to interact with each other and our environment, on Earth and beyond! We encourage applications from all who want to learn what it takes to create our future."
Dr Zahid Durrani
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
.. As Admissions Tutor my job is simple: to find out if you would gain the most from studying in our department. Of course you should have the potential to succeed in a challenging course, as demonstrated by meeting our entry grades, but we’re looking beyond your raw marks for a passion in developing your knowledge and understanding of this, the broadest form of engineering."
In addition to your academic ability, your application will be considered on your wider profile and an interview to assess your potential for success in your degree choice. We will look at your personal statement and reference to understand your personal motivation, commitment to your chosen area of study, and your broader interests.
Applications and interviews
We have one intake a year in October. Applications are made through UCAS by 15 January, eg for entry in October 2018 you will need to apply by 15 January 2018. All applications received at UCAS by 15 January are given equal consideration. We do not accept "Late" or "Extra" applicants, and do not take applicants through Clearing.
We are unable to accept direct entrants or transfer students into the second, third or fourth year.
When your application arrives in the Department it is assessed by the admissions team. We look at your academic record and predicted grades. We read your personal statement and the academic reference. The personal statement is a very important part of the selection process as it helps us assess your interest in the subject. We want to hear why you are interested in the course and details of any skills, interests and attributes that you think you have that demonstrate for aptitude, motivation and interest in the course.
If you look likely to meet our entry requirements, and your personal statement shows a clear motivation for electrical, electronic or information engineering, we will invite you to participate in an interview either here at Imperial, or by Skype.
If you are in the UK we will invite you to one of our applicant days where you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about our programmes and life at Imperial. You will be interviewed by a member of academic staff on general engineering topics and your dreams for the future. You will be shown around the department and campus by our department’s undergraduate students and will have the opportunity to ask about the course and life at Imperial.
If you are overseas we will invite you to participate in a Skype interview. You will be interviewed by a member of academic staff on general engineering topics and your dreams for the future.
If you are in Europe you will be given the choice of either attending an applicant day at Imperial College or a Skype interview.
Interviews at Imperial
Applicant days are held on Wednesday afternoons between November and March. We usually have 8 applicant days a year.
The applicant day runs from 1 pm to 4:30 pm
- During the first hour you'll have a sandwich lunch, during which Dr Durrani will give a talk about the course, and a current student will give a talk about student life.
- You'll join a group of around 10 other applicants and two of our current undergraduate students. The students are your tour guides for the afternoon, and will be happy to answer any questions.
- After lunch:
- 30 minute tour of the department and demonstrations of student projects
- 60 minute tour of the campus
- 30 minute one-to-one interview with one of our lecturers. These interviews take place in the lecturer's office. We aim for the interview to be more of a conversation than a grilling. The main purpose of the interview is for us to see whether you are suitable for the course, as much as for you to decide if Imperial is the place for you.
We are happy for you to be accompanied by a parent or other family member. Accompanying family members can attend the talks and lunch. After lunch they will be taken on a separate tour.
What to wear
There is no need to wear a suit. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Many of the interviewers do not dress in suit and tie and you really don't have to either.
Skype interviews are held on Wednesday mornings between November and March. We usually have 8 interview mornings a year.
The interviews are held between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon GMT; although we can offer earlier or later times depending on the time zone of where you live. You will have a 30 minute one-to-one interview with one of our lecturers. We aim for the interview to be more of a conversation than a grilling. The main purpose of the interview is for us to see whether you are suitable for the course, as much as for you to decide if Imperial is the place for you.
- Be ready to explain why you want to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Electronic and Information Engineering
- Think of examples of team work and how you have used your time effectively
- Think about why Imperial College and why this course
- Be prepared to answer questions on your personal statement
- If you are taking an Extended Project, be ready to talk about it
Interview dates for October 2020 entry are as follows:
Overseas applicants selected for interview
If you live overseas are coming to the UK to visit other universities or for a holiday, we are happy to make arrangements for you to visit Imperial College and have your interview here.