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Applying online

To apply for a postgraduate taught course (MSc, MRes, MPH, PG Cert, PG Dip and MBA), you must apply online.

Once you have created an online account, you can search for the course you want to apply for and start your application.

Course choice

You may only be considered for a maximum of two programmes per admissions cycle.

If you are applying to the Business School, you may only be considered for one programme per admissions cycle, with the exception of applicants to our Finance Master's programmes, who may select two programmes. The two programmes must be the same type of Master’s programme i.e. both MSc.

We process your application for your first-choice course first; we will only process your second-choice if your first choice is unsuccessful.

Some courses may not be available as a second choice and so will not appear in the second-choice list.

When to apply

Imperial College Business School operates a number of fixed application deadlines throughout the year for its courses.

Most other postgraduate courses remain open until they are full, though popular courses tend to close early, so make sure you apply in good time. Popular courses may start closing from January onwards proceeding the next intake. 

As a guide, visa nationals (overseas applicants) should aim to apply by no later than 30 June. UK and non-visa nationals should apply by 1 August to ensure your application can be processed in time for your chosen year of entry.

If you are planning to apply for College funding, you need to be aware of the various closing dates for College awards. Use our scholarships search tool to search for scholarships you may be eligible for.

Submitting evidence

To show how you qualify for the course(s) you are applying for, you will need to provide information about the higher qualifications you have achieved or which you’re currently studying.

All Imperial applicants must also show that they have a sufficiently good level of written and spoken English to meet the demands of our challenging academic environment. Find out more about our English language requirements for postgraduate study.

We can process your application more quickly if you upload scanned copies of the academic transcripts and certificates for the higher education qualifications you already hold when you apply.

If you receive an offer we may ask you to provide evidence of your previous qualifications as part of the conditions of your offer. Where this applies, you should following the guidance on submitting documentation to meet your conditions.


You will need to provide the names of two suitable referees. One must be an academic reference, the second referee may be another academic referee, or where appropriate/relevant, a professional referee.

Personal statement

You will need to complete a personal statement as part of your application. These statements support your application by demonstrating that the course is right for you and that you have the skills, knowledge and aptitude to achieve the course requirements. They are normally around one to two pages of text.

Find further personal statement guidance

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing an £80 application processing fee for MSc and MRes courses to help cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications that Imperial receives. 

The fee for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School is £135.

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship. Please see the application fees page for details.


If your application is successful and we make you an offer, you may need to pay a deposit.

This deposit may be part of your offer conditions. This amount will be deducted from your tuition fees.