Lecture studentsPlease see below for answers to some of our frequently asked questions. If you cannot find an answer to your question please contact us. 

Academic programme

Is this course right for me?

If you are looking to broaden your horizons and expand on your current knowledge of biomedicine then this is the course for you.

The course explores four different academic themes each year and further information will be released on these when the Summer School opens for applications. There will also be guest lectures, a mini research project and a career event. The course is perfectly designed to help support and push those looking to pursue future careers in biomedicine, or considering a master's programme.

Am I eligible to attend this Summer School?

To be eligible to attend you must be 18 or over and currently be studying or have recently completed your undergraduate degree. We also require a certain level of English (further information on this can be found below) and that you have passed at least one undergraduate module in a bioscience subject.

Is there an English language requirement?

You need to demonstrate one of the following criteria:

  • Are undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate degree taught in English
  • IELTS (a score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements)
  • TOEFL (a score of 92 overall with a maximum score of 20 in all elements)
  • CET 4 (a minimum score of 550)
  • CET 6 (a minimum score of 520)
  • Other English language qualification (at the discretion of the Programme Coordinator)

Is there a minimum academic requirement?

There is no specific requirement for your grades, however an enthusiasm to learn more about the subject is a must! As well as being able to demonstrate that you have passed at least one undergraduate module in a bioscience subject.

What is the general structure of the course?

Classes take place Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.00, with an hour lunch break. There are also weekly lectures from guest speakers. There shall be one Friday within the course without classes to allow students the opportunity to explore outside of London with a long weekend!

Where is the Summer School based?

The Summer School is based at Imperial College, London. We have multiple campuses, all located within Central London. The main campuses that shall be used for this programme are the South Kensington and Hammersmith Campuses. Further information can be found in the  campus and social life section on the Summer School website. 

Will I receive academic credits for attending this course?

The programme carries 7.5 ECTS credits (3-4 US), subject to your home institution approval. In order to gain academic credit, students must attend a minimum of 80% of the course and gain a combined score of 40% in the two assessments (a written exam and a lab project report with a presentation). Please note that the exam is optional, however if you would like to receive credit for the course you will need to sit the exam. 

What if I have already studied some areas of the course before?

If some of the subject areas are familiar to you that is great, however it is our aim to expand on any existing knowledge you may already have and challenge you with further information to continue building on your biomedicine skillset.

The four themes chosen each year highlight cutting edge research that is currently taking place within College. 

Will I receive a certificate for attending this course?

All students will receive a participation certificate upon successful completion of the course. In addition to this, prizes are awarded for a variety of academic and social reasons in the graduation ceremony which takes place on the final day of the Summer School.


How do I apply to attend the Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer School?

To apply to attend the Summer School you will need to complete our online application form. Further details can be found on our How to apply pages when applications open.

When do applications close?

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible as places are allocated on a first come first serve basis. 

If you require a short term visa we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible to ensure you have plenty of time to arrange it. 

When shall I expect to hear the outcome of my application?

Due to popular demand for the Biomedicine Summer School programme we aim to respond to all applications within 20 working days. However, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Do I need a visa to attend?

You can check if you need to apply for a visa in advance of arriving in the UK on the UK government website. If you are travelling from overseas to the Revolutions in Biomedicine Summer School you may require an invitation letter from us, once your place is confirmed on the course we can arrange to send you this.

If you have further questions about applying for a visa for the programme please contact us and we can send you more detailed information.


Is accommodation provided?

Accommodation is not provided as part of the Summer School. However, Imperial has a range of different accommodation options which you can book directly with the accommodation team. More details on this can be found in the Accommodation pages.

Can I arrange my own accommodation?

Currently there is no obligation to stay in the accommodation available at Imperial College.


What is the cost of the Summer School?

The cost of the Summer School is £3500 for the four week programme.

Are there any opportunities to apply for a scholarship for the Summer School?

There are scholarships available for the Summer School which will cover the full cost of the tuition fees (maximum of two available). To apply for a scholarship you must first complete the application form for the Summer School, then you must submit the scholarship application form.

Are there any discounts available?

We offer group booking discounts for students from the same university wishing to attend the programme. If five or more students register to attend there will be a discount of £700. If ten or more students register this discount increases to £800 per student. 

We have a special opportunity for you in return for your help in spreading the word about this year's Summer School. We have set up a refer a friend scheme which means you shall receive £100 for every friend you refer that attends the Summer School. Additionally, your friend will also receive a £100 discount on their Summer School tuition fees. 

How do I pay the tuition fee?

Information on how to pay for the Summer School shall be sent to you with your offer of a place. Payment must be made by credit or debit card through our online payment portal. Please note it is important to make payment within 14 days of your offer being made to confirm your place. All payments must be made in GB Pounds Sterling. Any currency conversion costs or other charges incurred in making the payment are not deducted from the fee paid to Imperial College. 

Social programme

What activities are included in the social programme?

There is a whole range of social activities available, from a West End Theatre Production, Harry Potter studios to picnics in Hyde Park. We also arrange for a visit out of London, so you can explore more of the United Kingdom. Make sure to look out for an email showcasing what events we have on offer closer to the time of the Summer School.

How much does the social programme cost?

The social programme has a whole range of events on offer and as such they have different costs associated with them, some are even free. The cost of these events are not included in the course fee. More specific details will be released when the full schedule is sent to you, so keep an eye out for this.

Is the social programme compulsory?

The social programme is optional, however the programme provides an excellent opportunity to make friends, network and explore London. We also have student ambassadors from Imperial College to help with the social programme so it is an excellent opportunity to discover what it is like to be a student at Imperial College London.