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It's never too early to start preparing for your research degree at Imperial. Before you arrive, there will be plenty of information for you to familiarise yourself with and it's a good idea to do that because once you get here, it will be busy.

What is academic research?

A research degree is likely to be very different to any other training or degree you may have undertaken previously. Find about more about what to expect...

Essentials checklist

Use this handy checklist to make sure you've thought about key questions to consider before starting your research degree at Imperial College London.


You will encounter lots of different terms and acronyms at the College that you may not have heard before. This little glossary should help you with some of the most common words and phrases.