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If you’re applying for a postgraduate course at Imperial, you may need to pay an application fee.

The fee helps to cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications that we receive.

We don’t want the application fee to be a barrier to qualified students who can’t afford it. So, we have put an application fee waiver in place.

If your application for a fee waiver is approved, you will be able to submit your application without paying the application fee.

Postgraduate courses that have an application fee

The application fees for 2023/24 academic year of entry are:

  • £80 for all taught Master's applications excluding those to Imperial College Business School
  • £100 for all MSc applications to Imperial College Business School
  • £150 for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School

The application fee applies once per application and not per course (where you are permitted a second choice).

Postgraduate courses with no application fee

If you are applying for any of the following postgraduate courses at Imperial, you will not need to pay an application fee:

  • MRes courses
  • PG certificates
  • PG diplomas
  • Postgraduate research courses e.g. PhD, EngD

Check if you’re eligible for an application fee waiver

If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver. This is open to all postgraduate applicants to Imperial courses where the application fee applies (see above).

Circumstances in which you may be eligible for an application fee waiver:

You may be able to submit your application free of charge if you:

  • were receiving full state support for maintenance (living expenses) or financial support for reasons of hardship as an undergraduate at university within the last four years; or
  • are currently receiving state benefits for reasons of financial hardship; or
  • received another type of scholarship or bursary support for the reason of financial hardship within the last four years; or
  • are aged 21–25, have recently completed undergraduate study and are estranged from or have no living parents or legal guardians; or
  • have a particular UK immigration status such as: humanitarian protection, asylum seeker or refugee status, or those granted Indefinite Leave to Remain as a victim of domestic violence or abuse; or
  • are facing temporary financial hardship due to the recent loss of employment – this will be considered in the context of the previous duration of that employment, prior salary and the individual’s habitation circumstances (single, married, dependents etc.); or
  • are facing temporary financial hardship due to other personal circumstances that have caused significant disruption to their current circumstances, e.g. divorce, home repossession; or
  • are a resident of a country listed as ‘low-income’ by the World Bank or the DAC least-developed countries and are reliant on established scholarship schemes to fund your UK study; or
  • live in an area of social deprivation in the UK, with low family income. To demonstrate this, you must show that you live in an index of multiple deprivation (IMD) quintile 1 in the UK. Find out which quintile your postcode is in using the relevant look-up tool below:

If the reason you are facing financial hardship is not listed above, you can still apply for a fee waiver. Please describe the reason you're applying in the fee waiver form (below) and also send us the relevant evidence.

How to apply for an application fee waiver

You must apply for an application fee waiver before submitting your application for a postgraduate course(s) at Imperial.

We cannot consider application fee waiver requests submitted after we have already started processing your course application.

To apply, please complete our application fee waiver form.

You will also need to send evidence to support your application.

Please send your completed application form and supporting documents to appfees@imperial.ac.uk‌‌.

Download the application fee waiver request form [DOCX]

How to request a refund on your application fee

If you are not eligible for a fee waiver and you pay the application fee, you have up to 14 days to change your mind and request a full refund.

You do not need to give a reason for cancelling if you send your request within the 14-day cancellation period. If approved, this will also have the effect of cancelling your application to study at the College.

The cancellation period starts on the day after we send the payment confirmation email to you e.g. if we send the payment confirmation email on 1 March, the cancellation period starts on 2 March and ends at midnight on 15 March.

Refunds are no longer available after the 14-day cancellation period has ended.

There are two ways to cancel your application processing fee payment and request a full refund:

  1. Complete the cancellation form – you can find this in the Application processing fee terms and conditions document in the 'Terms and conditions' section below
  2. Alternatively, email appfees@imperial.ac.uk, with the email subject line clearly marked as: “Application processing fee cancellation". Attach a copy of your application processing fee confirmation email as proof of payment and include the following details in the email:
    • Your full name
    • Address 
    • Email address you used when applying (if you're emailing from a different address)
    • CID number
    • Course(s) you applied for

We will aim to acknowledge your cancellation request within five working days.

We will refund the application processing fee back to the credit or debit card used to make the initial payment within 14 days after we received your cancellation request.

If you follow the process above, the College will treat your application (and any offer of a place, if made) as withdrawn.


 If you have a question about the application fee, application fee waiver or refund request, please contact us at: appfees@imperial.ac.uk

Terms and conditions

You can read the terms and conditions by downloading the following document. This document contains the cancellation form.

Download the application fee terms and conditions [DOCX]