When to apply

Many of our postgraduate courses remain open until they are full – see below for exceptions to this.

Popular courses tend to close early – typically from January onwards in the year that your course is due to start – so make sure you apply in good time.

If you do not require a visa to study at Imperial we recommend you apply by 1 August in the year your course is due to start so we can process your application in good time.

Courses with fixed application deadlines

The following departments operate application rounds for recruitment to their postgraduate taught courses, with fixed application deadlines throughout the year.  

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Imperial College Business School
  • Life Sciences 
  • Materials 
  • Physics 

To see what application deadlines are relevant to your chosen course, visit our course pages

Apply by midnight (UK time) on the relevant application round deadline to ensure that you receive the outcome of your application by the decision date.

We recommend applying as early as you can – we cannot guarantee that places will be available, or that courses will remain open, in later rounds.

Deadline for student visa applicants

As a guide, students who require a student visa to study at Imperial should aim to apply by no later than 30 June in the year that their course is due to start.

This is to ensure we can process your application in time and issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). A CAS is an electronic record that is required for your visa application. 

Scholarship deadlines

If you require funding for postgraduate study, you need to be aware of the various closing dates for awards you may be eligible for.

Use our scholarships search tool to see what's currently available and what deadlines apply.