Imperial College London graduation ceremony at Royal Albert Hall

All Imperial students graduate in the spectacular Royal Albert Hall, which is next door to the Students' Union building on our South Kensington Campus.

Imperial College London welcome fair

The annual Welcome Fair is the place to find out more about our 380+ student-run clubs, societies and projects, like the Skydiving society pictured here.

Students participating in a fencing competition in Ethos sports centre

Ethos sports centre on our South Kensington Campus supports a wide range of sporting activities, from fencing (pictured here) to swimming in the 25m pool to exercise in the on-site gym.

PhD student Noura Zamzam  working on ultrafast optical measurements of photosynthesis in the lab of Jasper Van Thor.

Noura Zamzam is a PhD student and is supported by an Award from The Leverhulme Trust. Noura works on ultrafast measurements of photosynthesis.

Three Imperial mascots

Imperial has an age-old tradition of mascotry, symbolising its spirit and character. Pictured here are Move Imperial's mascots Victoria and Albert and Imperial College School of Medicine Union's mascot, Phoenix.

Three students from Imperial's Saudi society at the finish line of a run for charity

Imperial College Saudi Society is one of over 380 student-run clubs, societies and projects.

Information for Middle Eastern students

Imperial and the Middle East

"Imperial was my first choice for a number of reasons: its international reputation for excellence in teaching and research; the chance to study alongside some of the brightest students; and finally its location at the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities, which gives me the chance to build a network of useful contacts with other professionals from industry and academia."

Saeed Alshiri (Saudi Arabia)

PhD Chemical Engineering

As a student in London, you'll be welcomed into a city where over 300 languages are spoken and where over 100,000 students from 200 countries come to study each year.

Each year, we welcome students from over 100 countries. This includes over 300 students from the Middle East. The countries with greatest student numbers include: Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

These countries are also the ones that the College has produced the most joint papers with over the last five year period.

You can find out more about our large number of partnerships with universities, research institutes and industry in the MENA region on our Global Imperial website.

How to apply (undergraduate)

An undergraduate degree at Imperial normally lasts three years for a Bachelor’s level qualification or four years for an integrated Master’s.

Some departments offer a year abroad or a year in industry which can add to the overall length of your degree.

Applying via UCAS

To apply for a full-time undergraduate programme at Imperial, you must make an online application via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – UCAS. The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

UCAS allows you to apply to a maximum of five courses in one cycle. Find step-by-step instructions on how to apply; you can also visit the UCAS website for more in-depth advice.

If we want to offer you a place, but you have not yet taken your final school exams, then we would usually make you a 'conditional offer'. This means we will guarantee you a place at Imperial subject to you satisfying the conditions of your offer, such as achieving certain scores in your final qualifications and gaining an ATAS certificate for certain courses.

You can submit your results after you have applied; this is usual practice in the UK and is the reason why you must let us know which qualifications you are taking on your UCAS application.

Academic entry requirements

Exact entry requirements vary by course - see the entry requirements on our  course pages  for details of the range of international qualifications we accept. 

If your school qualification is not on the list of accepted qualifications, you may be considered by taking an accepted Foundation programme, or an accepted qualification at an external provider - see our course pages for details. 

English language requirements

All applicants should also achieve the required level of English language and provide evidence of a valid English language qualification to qualify for a place.

There are two levels of English language requirement at Imperial:

  • Standard
  • Higher

See the English language requirement on the relevant course page to see whether your chosen course requires the standard or higher level. Our English language requirement page has more information about the requirements for each level.

You do not need to have reached the required level before you apply. We can assess your academic profile without your English language qualification. Should we decide to make an offer, we would give you a target grade to meet as part of your offer.

If you have studied one of our recognised English language exams as part of your High School studies (e.g. IGCSE English, IB English etc.), you may be exempt from the need to provide additional evidence of your English language ability. Check our English language requirement page for full details.

English language proficiency tests should have been obtained within two years of the start date of your chosen course.

How to apply (Grad School)

A Master's degree at Imperial normally lasts one year, though we do offer some degrees which you can take part-time over two years and PG Certificate and PG Diploma qualifications which vary in length.

A PhD with us will usually take 3–4 years of full-time study to complete. 

How to apply

To apply for a Master's or Doctoral course, you need to submit an application via our online application system.

Find out more about how to apply for postgraduate taught or postgraduate doctoral study.

Academic entry requirements

Exact entry requirements vary per course, but to be considered for admission to a Master's e.g. MSc, MRes, MBA etc, you should hold a Bachelor's degree. 

To check if your international qualification meets the College minimum requirement, please see our accepted qualifications.

Departments may also often  set higher level requirements, due to the demanding and competitive nature of our courses. 

For the vast majority of our degrees, we do not require additional testing such as the GRE or GMAT. If we do require any additional testing it will be clearly stated on the course page.

If you're applying for a Doctoral degree, you should hold a Master's degree – the grades you require will be specified by the Department you're applying to. In addition, you'll need to hold a Bachelor's degree passed at the prescribed level.

If we want to make you an offer, but you have not yet graduated, then we would usually make you a conditional offer subject to you achieving a certain grade or score. This means your place at Imperial is guaranteed providing you meet the conditions of your offer.

You can submit your overall GPA after you have made your application, which is normal practice in the UK.

English language requirements

Successful applicants will need to achieve a certain level of English to qualify for a place on their chosen course.

Each course specifies either a Standard or Higher language requirement, which is the level of English required for entry on to that particular course, even if English is your first language. 

Full details can be found on the relevant course page and English language requirement page.


If you have previously applied to Imperial and were unsuccessful, you will need to submit a new application.

If you have successfully requested deferred entry, you do not need to complete a new application.

Scholarships and loans

You can search all of our scholarships in one place.

Examples of scholarships for students from the Middle East include:

Master's students

Research students

Student activities

If life at Imperial was all labs and lectures, we wouldn’t have around 350 clubs and societies to get involved with, and state-of-the-art sports facilities right on campus.  

All of our clubs, societies and projects are open to all students, though below are some that you may find of particular interest.

And if there isn’t a society for the things you love yet, you can set one up!   

All of our societies are open to all students but here are some you may find of particular interest:

Multi-faith provision

There is a student-run Islamic prayer room on campus with separate male and female areas available. Three multi-faith prayer rooms are also available in the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre for use by all faith groups.

All university accommodation is self-catered. Halal and vegetarian options are also available in catering outlets on campus.

Virtual tour

To get a feel for life on our South Kensington Campus, take a virtual tour.

Cultural diversity at Imperial

In our new Shifting The Lens series, Imperial staff and students have opened up about their culture and heritage.

Read about their lives outside of the College – from the festivals they celebrate to the challenges they have faced.

Life after Imperial

Your relationship with Imperial does not end when you graduate. Some of our international alumni stay in the UK, for instance on a Start-up Visa

Meanwhile, the new Graduate Worker Route, launching in 2021, will enable graduates to work in the UK for two years after completing an undergraduate or postgraduate Masters degree, or three years after completing a PhD.

Others move abroad again, and as an Imperial alumnus you will join a community of over 190,000 former students in 200 countries.

We have alumni groups worldwide and you can join our online platform Imperial Plexus to help you build links with other former students. In the Middle East, these include:

  • Alumni Association of Bahrain
  • Alumni Network in Lebanon 
  • Alumni Network in Saudi Arabia
  • Alumni Network in United Arab Emirates

Opportunities to meet us

Middle East recruitment events

Got a question?

The Imperial representative for the Middle East is Sara Roberts, Senior International Recruitment Officer. Please use the link to the enquiry form below Sara's photo to get in touch.

International recruitment team