Instilling the passion, skills and thinking to rise to the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals and beyond
Imperial College London is committed to instil in students a passion for sustainable development and the skills and thinking needed to rise the challenge of the UN SDGs and the legacy beyond them.
Our focus on science, engineering, medicine and business provides an educational environment which is unique in the UK. Our students learn alongside leading experts, actively engaging with research and discovery in their chosen field.
The College’s dedicated Enterprise facilities are also vibrant spaces for our students to launch SDG-aligned start-ups. We offer start-ups and entrepreneurs support and platforms at every stage of their growth and development through the Enterprise Lab as well as hackspace, incubation, acceleration and collaborative research space.
Imperial Education and the SDGs
We have over 100 undergraduate courses that equip our students with highly applicable skills and attributes to tackles global development challenges ranging across disciplines, from aeronautics to biology and geophysics to medicine.
All 3rd and 4th year students have the opportunity to pursue their individual interests in sustainable development through the Change Makers Independent Project. The programme challenges students to learn and work in diverse and often new ways in their approach to global issues and the wider world.
Imperial has close to 150 Master’s courses and a wide range of research opportunities, all supported by an extensive programme of professional development. This includes: MSc Climate Change, Management and Finance; MSc Environmental Data Science and Machine Learning; MSc Sustainable Energy Futures.
At Doctoral level our PhD community are engaged in intensive programmes of in-depth research, including specific Centres for Doctoral Training focused on SDGs, including the Mathematics of Planet Earth, Chemical Biology and Life Sciences Innovation, Advanced Characterisation of Materials for Energy and Healthcare.
At post-graduate level we have Global Fellows programmes that network the next generation of leading researchers.
School students around the world compete to tackle the SDGs
In accordance with one of its key priorities of encouraging STEM engagement from an early age and SDG 4, Imperial College has established a Schools Science and Innovation Competition which drives students to design solutions for specific SDGs.
Nurturing generations of ChangeMakers to tackle global challenge
Since its inception in 2012, all of Imperial’s students have had the opportunity to become Change Makers. Aligning with SDG 4, cross-departmental teams of students are tasked with using their skills to design broad, innovative and inclusive solutions for global challenges.