Choosing a course
We offer a wide range of courses and it can be difficult to know where to start.
By looking at our course profiles you can get an idea of the modules offered on each programme.
The Unistats website can help you to compare courses at Imperial and other universities.
When comparing, you should consider:
- how many contact hours your child can expect;
- how the course is assessed – by exam, coursework, practical exams, or a mixture;
- the career success of graduates;
- levels of student satisfaction;
- opportunities to study abroad or undertake a work placement;
More detailed information may be available on departmental websites. Your child can always email the relevant department if they need more information.
How many applications can my child submit?
Your child can apply for up to five courses from a mixture of universities. This means they can select a good range of courses at this stage. A maximum of four choices can be in any one of the following: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or veterinary science.
Applying for more than one course within the same department will count as separate UCAS choices. However, some departments will only consider these applications once, especially if the entry requirements are the same. If your child is considering making multiple applications to one department, we advise they contact the relevant department for advice before submitting their application.
What options are there for changing course?
Many degrees within a department have a common structure for the first one or two years. This means transfers to different courses within the same department is often possible, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Transferring to a course in a different department is more complicated. This will depend on many factors, including the availability of places and the similarity of course content.
If your child is currently studying and is thinking about changing their course, they should speak to their department as soon as possible.
If they are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on their Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.
What's the gender balance like at Imperial?
Our specialist focus on ‘traditionally male’ subjects is reflected in the current gender balance. As is the case at most other UK universities, female students are under-represented in Engineering.
However, the male to female ratio is different, depending on the subject. For example, Chemistry is more evenly split, while the Department of Life Sciences is home to more female undergraduates than male.
In real numbers, there are over 6,000 female students at the College.