Frequently asked questions

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

Our minimum requirements are those given below – although please note that due to the very high number of applications, we are not able to make offers to all applicants who are predicted to meet these grades. (You must also meet the standard Imperial College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification – see link.) Conditional offers may be higher than the grades stated below.

Applicants taking 3 A Levels

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

Applicants taking 4 A Levels

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

IB

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

Scottish Advanced Higher

A Maths, A Physics, A in one further subject

European Baccalaureate

85% overall, 90% Maths, 90% Physics

Irish Leaving Certificate

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

Advanced Placements

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

Cambridge Pre-U

D2 Maths, D2 Physics, D3 in one further relevant subject

UCL and Warwick Foundation Programmes

80% overall, 80% Mathematics, 80% Physics

ATAR

98.5

Austrian Matura

1 Maths, 1 Physics,  1 Other

Belgium

8.5 Overall, 9 Maths, 9 Physics

Bulgaria – DIPZO

5.8 overall plus A levels - A* Maths, A Physics

Canada HSD

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

CAPE

1 (AAA) Maths (double unit), 1 (AAA) Physics (double unit), 1 (AAA) in two further 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

Estonia

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

Finland

7 Mathematics, 7 Physics 7, 7, 6, 6 Other

France

17 overall, 16 Maths, 16 Physics, 15 other

Germany

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

India

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

Iran - Pre University Certificate

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

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.)

Luxembourg

54 Overall, 55 Maths 55 Physics, 50 Other

Malta Matriculation Certificate

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

Netherlands VWO

8 Maths, 8 Physics, 9 Other

New Zealand L3 NCEA

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

Norway Vitnemal

5 Overall, 6 Maths, 6 Physics, 5 Other

Polish Matura

9th stanine in Mathematics (Advanced Level), 9th stanine in Physics (Advanced Level), 8th stanine in one other (Advanced Level)   

Portugal DdES

18 Overall, 19 Maths, 19 Physics, 18 Other

Romanian Bacalaureat

9.6 overall, 9.8 Maths, 9.8 Physics

Serbia Matura

5 Overall, 5 Maths, 5 Physics

Slovakian Matura

1 Maths, 1 Physics, 1 Other

Slovenian Maturitetno

5 Maths, 5 Physics, 5 Other

Spain

9 overall, 9 Maths, 9 Physics, 8.5 Other

Sweden

A Majority of subjects, A Maths, A Physics

Switzerland

5.5 Overall, 5.5 Maths, 5.5 Physics, 5 Other

Singapore Polytechnic Diploma

GPA 4.85 overall

I have applied via UCAS. When will I find out if I am invited for an interview?

We make decisions about applicants living outside of Europe without an interview. Applicants who are living in Europe are considered for an admissions day invitation.  This year our interview dates are:

  • 13, 20, 27 Nov 2019
  • 4, 11 Dec 2019  
  • 15, 22, 29 Jan 2020
  • 5, 12, 19 Feb 2020

We usually try to give two weeks notice to applicants we invite for an interview. 

When will I find out the outcome of my application?

We read and consider applications very carefully, and we inform applicants as soon as possible when a final decision is made about their application. You will hear from us by the end of March at the latest. 

Can I arrange for a tour of the department?

The department is not able to arrange tours for individual applicants - tours are available during open days in June and September, as well as at admissions (interview) days for invited applicants only. Offer holders who were not interviewed may arrange a tour on request by contacting me.admissions@imperial.ac.uk

More information about the open days, and about all other opportunities to visit the College is available on the Imperial website. 

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 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:

engineering.admissions@imperial.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7594 7243.

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.