Frequently asked questions

When will I hear the outcome of my application?

It may take a very long time for you to hear about this. This is because we accept applications right until late January, we read and assess applications very carefully, and we continue making decisions right up to the end of March. Even if you have applied in October, you may not hear anything until March. Please bear with us.

What are the interviews like and when will I hear if I have been selected for interview?

The interview will be 25- 30 minutes with a member of academic staff. During the interview we will try to assess your potential. We might ask you about things you have mentioned in your personal statement, and explore your ability to think like an engineer. We will want to know about your interest in engineering.

Interviews will be held online on Wednesday afternoons between November and March. We aim to give you at least two weeks notice if we select you for interview.

It may take a very long time for you to hear anything from us. This is because we accept applications right until the end of Jan, we read and assess applications very carefully, and we continue making decisions right up to the end of March. Even if you have applied in October, you may not hear anything until March. Please bear with us.

Can I attend work experience or summer schools in the department?

Opportunities are coordinated centrally – please see the college open days, events, summer schools and visits webpages.

What is the post-application selection process: admissions test, interviews and offers?

If your application passes initial screening we will invite you to take a 60 minute online admissions test. The admissions test is on two dates- one on Friday 04 November 2022 at 10:00 and one on Friday 10 February 2023 at 10:00. The invitation will be sent by email at least a week before the test. If it is not possible for you to take the test online at the given time, you will have the opportunity to let us know this, or for you to request any reasonable adjustments, by replying to the invitation email.

Most of the test will be based on high school maths and physics. The questions will require a numerical or multiple choice answer to be entered online. You can use a calculator and you will be required to upload a scan or photograph of your written workings shortly after you complete the test.

If we invite you to take the admissions test, we will also send instructions for a short readiness (practise) test (including how to submit the scan or photgraph) for you to familiarise yourself with the platform at your convenience a few days before the actual test.

Selection for interviews will be a holistic decision based on content of your UCAS application  and your test score. There is not a fixed weighting that we will apply to these two components, and it is not possible to give an indication of a cut-off score or average score of applicants invited for interview.

You are likely to hear the outcome of your application in March after all interviews have been completed.

Please note that the widening participation admissions scheme guarantees an interview to some home applicants – for more information see the Imperial webpages on Admissions Schemes.

What are the topics that may be included in the admissions test, and what are the questions for the readiness (practise) test?

The test will include maths and physics that we expect you to have learned at high school before you apply to us. Please see this document for a full list.

Please see the linked document for the readiness test questions. 

What qualifications do you consider and what are your minimum entry requirements?

Our minimum requirements are given below, but please note that due to the very high number of fantastic applicants we are not able to interview or make offers to every applicant who is predicted to meet these grades or who already has exceeded these grades.

If you feel that you are a very strong applicant for our course, but the qualifications you are taking do not meet any of the minimum requirements given below (for example if you are taking Maths and Physics A Level with a BTec or CTec), please email us on to ask if we will consider your application.

If your predicted grades do not meet the minimum requirements given below, you may be eligible for a guaranteed interview under the college widening participation admissions scheme. For more information about this please see the admissions scheme webpages.

Conditional offers can be at a higher level than the minimum specified below – for example for an applicant taking three A levels the offer might be A*A*A* and for 4 it might be A*A*AA. The IB offer might be 40 overall with 7 in HL Maths and Physics. The level of the offer is determined by our judgement of the application as a whole.

You must also meet the standard Imperial College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.


Applicants taking 3 A Levels

A* Maths, A* Physics, A in another subject (Further Maths is useful but not essential). 

Applicants taking 4 A Levels

A* Maths, A Physics, A in two other subjects  (Further Maths useful but not essential). 


40 overall, 6 Maths (HL), 6 Physics (HL)

European Baccalaureate

85% overall, 90% Maths, 90% Physics

Advanced Placements

5 Calculus BC, 5 Physics C: Mechanics, 5 in one other relevant subject (Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Statistics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, not Calculus AB or Physics 1/2)

Cambridge Pre-U

As for A levels but with D2 in place of A* and D3 in place of A

UCL and Warwick Foundation Programmes

80% overall, 80% Maths, 80% Physics



Austrian Matura

1 Maths, 1 Physics,  1 Other


8.5 Overall, 9 Maths, 9 Physics


5.9 overall with 6 in Math and Physics (state exams)

Canada HSD

90% overall, 90% Maths, 90% Physics, 85% three other subjects


1 (AAA) Maths (double unit), 1 (AAA) Physics (double unit), 1 (AAA) in two other subjects

Croatia Matura

5 Maths, 5 Physics, 5 Other

Cyprus Apolytirion

19.5 overall, 20 Maths, 19 Physics plus A Levels A* Maths, A Physics

Czech Matura

1 Maths (HL), 1 Physics (HL), 1 Other (HL)

Denmark Studentereksamen

11 Overall, 11 Maths, 11 Physics, 10 Other

Egypt (CNSIE)

A* Maths, A* Physics, A in one other subject


5 Maths, 5 Physics, 5 Other [State Exam]


7 Maths, 7 Physics 7, 7, 6, 6 Other


17 overall, 16 Maths (Mathematiques complimentaire), 16 Physics or Physics and Chemistry


Less than 1.4 overall with 14 in Maths and Physics

Greek Apolytyrion

19.5 overall, 20 Maths, 19 Physics plus A Levels A* Maths, A Physics

Hong Kong DSE

5* Maths (core) 5* Maths (Algebra and Calculus), 5* Physics, 5 in one further relevant subject

Hungary Erettsegi

5 Maths (HL), 5 Physics (HL), 5 Other (HL)

Iceland Studentprof

9 Overall, 9 Maths, 9 Physics


92% overall, 95% Maths, 95% Physics, 90% in one further subject

Iran - Pre University Certificate

18.5 Overall, 19 Maths, 19 Physics, 80% Kankur

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1 Maths, H1 Physics, H1 two further subjects, and H2 two other subjects

Israel – Bagrut

9 Overall, 9.5 Maths, 9.5 Physics, 9 Other

Italy – DES

100% overall, 10 Maths, 10 Physics, 9 one other (Liceo Scientifico only, not Liceo Classico).

Latvia – APVVI

Not accepted (Applicants are advised to take A Levels, IB or any other qualification on the list.)

Liechtenstein Matura

6 Maths, 6 Physics, 6 three other

Lithuanian qualifications

Not accepted (Applicants are advised to take A Levels, IB or any other qualification on the list.)


54 Overall, 55 Maths 55 Physics, 50 Other

Malta Matriculation Certificate

AA Maths + Physics (Advanced Level) AAA (Intermediate Level)

Netherlands VWO

8 Maths, 8 Physics, 9 Other

New Zealand L3 NCEA

E Overall [L3 NCEA]  E Maths + Physics [L3]

Norway Vitnemal

5 Overall, 6 Maths, 6 Physics, 5 Other

Polish Matura

9th stanine in Maths (Advanced Level), 9th stanine in Physics (Advanced Level)

Portugal DdES

18 Overall, 19 Maths, 19 Physics, 18 Other

Romanian Baccalaureat

9.6 overall, 9.8 Maths, 9.8 Physics

Scottish Advanced Higher

A Maths, A Physics, A Other

Serbia Matura

5 Overall, 5 Maths, 5 Physics

Singapore A levels (SIPCAL)

A Maths, Physics, Other at H2 level

National University of Singapore Diploma

4.5 0verall, 4.5 Maths, 4.5 Physics

Singapore Polytechnic Diploma

3.85 overall

Slovakian Matura

1 Maths, 1 Physics, 1 Other

Slovenian Maturitetno

5 Maths, 5 Physics, 5 Other


9 overall, 9 Maths, 9 Physics, 8.5 Other


A Majority of subjects, A Maths, A Physics


5.5 Overall, 5.5 Maths, 5.5 Physics, 5 Other

Do you take into consideration other selection criteria besides meeting your standard offer?

Yes, we do. Selection is based on consideration of academic ability, motivation for study, interest in the subject area and the potential both to benefit from the experience and contribute to College life while on the course.

Please be aware that most applicants are predicted to meet or exceed our minimum entry requirements, and demonstrate good motivation for studying mechanical engineering. Due to the high number of extremely competitive applications for a strictly limited number of interview places and offers, we are regrettably not able to interview or make an offer to every suitable applicant.

What scholarships are available to me?

For all scholarship queries, please follow this link and contact the Student Finance Support team if you need more guidance.

What if I have additional enquiries about the circumstances of my application?

Registry Admissions teams are responsible for the receipt and processing of all applications to Imperial College. Each team deals with admissions for different departments. If you have submitted an application, have received an offer, or are waiting for a decision on an application, and you have a specific question relating to your application or offer, you should contact the appropriate Admissions team: or +44 (0)20 7594 7243.

Can I arrange for a tour of the department?

Offer-holders will be invited to an in-person offer-holder day on 22 April 2023. This is an opportunity to look round the department, meet staff and students, and hear more about the course. Further information will be communicated to Offer-holders directly.

You can see some of the labs and our workshop in this student vlog, you can explore the research that our academics do on the departmental webpages, and you can find out more about mechanical engineering from this talk given by Professor Guillermo Rein.