Every year the Department of Physics receives many applications from countries all over the world.  Entry is highly competitive but we are happy to consider any applicant who can demonstrate high achievement in Mathematics and Physics in a wide range of international qualifications.  

You should only apply to one degree course within the Department; there is no advantage in applying to more than one.

Information on this page last updated: September 2020

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Entry requirements for international applicants

The requirements listed here are either minimum or typical offers from recent years.  We assess each application on its individual merits and it is possible that we may make offers that are higher than quoted here.  If your qualification is not listed please check the more extensive list of accepeted qualifications on the Imperial College page and if you have any further queries, please contact the Physics Admissions Office.

Standard qualifications

A Levels:  Grades of A*A*A in three full A Levels - including A* in Mathematics and A*A in Physics and another subject (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking).  Grade B/6 in GCSE English will satisfy the College English language requirements.

International Baccalaureate:  Grades of 7,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects including at least 6 in both Mathematics and Physics, minimum of 39 points overall.  For English Language requirements please refer to the main page.

European qualifications

European Baccalaureate: 9.0 in Mathematics and  9.0 in Physics, minimum of 85% overall.  6.5 in English in the final examination will satisfy the College English language requirements.

French Baccalaureate (FB) / International Option (OIB):  17 in Mathematics and 17  Physics, Très bien overall.  12 in English in the final examination of the OIB (not FB) will satisfy the College English language requirements.

German Abitur:  14 in Mathematics and Physics, taken at the highest possible level, 13 in a third subject, typically at least 1.3 overall. 

Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato (DES): 9 or 10 in Mathematics, 9 in Physics and 98% overall.

Greece and Cyprus Apolytirion:  typically 19.5 in the Apolytirion accompanied by A Levels with an A* in Mathematics and an A in Physics.

Other international qualifications

USA Advanced Placement Tests (AP):  5 in Calculus BC (Calculus AB is not sufficient), 5 in Physics C Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, 5 in a third subject.  SATS can be considered in assessing applications but are not acceptable in meeting the entry requirements.

Singapore A Levels:  A grades in either three or four H2 level subjects including Mathematics and Physics.  An H3 subject is not required but will be taken into consideration, particularly for applicants who have already completed their A Levels.  Applicants following the Integrated Program (SIPCAL) are required to obtain C in the general paper.

English language requirements

For entry in 2020 all applicants are required to hold an accepted English language qualification.  The equivalent of a grade B/6 in GCSE English or 7.0 in IELTS (minimum 6.5 in all elements). 

View a full list of the accepted qualifications.

Information to include in applications

International applications are often delayed because applicants do not include sufficient information on their previous qualifications or academic achievement. For A Level applicants we need to see GCSE and AS results and individual module marks for any AS/A2 modules already completed.  For others we typically want to know the results of all qualifications and examinations taken during your final three years of school education.  If it is impossible to include these on the UCAS form then please send a school transcript and/or copies of certificates covering these three years to ph.admissions@imperial.ac.uk quoting your UCAS ID.

Applications can also be delayed where

  • referees do not provide predicted grades for individual examination subjects not yet completed or an overall predicted grade where required.
  • applicants apply independently and the email address of the referee cannot be verified because it is not a school email address.

International Student Support / Visa advice

A wealth of additional information for international applicants can be found on the International Student Support web pages.  In particular they host a useful page of  Visa and Immigration advice.

ATAS Requirements

New UK visa rules now require any student who needs a visa in order to study on one of our MSci Physics courses (F303, F309, F390) to obtain ATAS clearance before applying for their visa.  Any applicant made an offer for one of these courses will have the need to obtain this clearance specified as a condition of their offer from Imperial with a deadline of  July 2021.  We recommend that you should apply for this clearance as soon as you have made Imperial your Firm or Insurance choice with UCAS and May 2021 at the very latest.

The International Office has a useful page of advice on how to complete the application.