Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply for more than one programme?
For undergraduate programmes, you can choose up to five courses to apply to through UCAS. If you are applying for Medicine, four of these can be medical programmes and your fifth choice must be in a different area (for example Biomedicine). You can use all your choices to apply to different programmes at Imperial if you so wish. We would advise you carefully read the entry requirements on the departmental webpages before submitting your choices through UCAS, as, once you have submitted your application, these cannot be changed.
For postgraduate programmes you can apply for up to two programmes per admissions cycle. Your applications will be considered sequentially so it is important to list your preferred programme as your first choice and your reserve programme as your second choice. Your second choice application will only be considered if you are unsuccessful at gaining a place on your first choice programme. Please note you can only submit one application form and you are able to list both your choices through there.
Can I submit an application before I take an English language test?
You are more than welcome to submit an application before you have sat an English language test. If you apply without a test, and we choose to make you an offer, you will have an English language condition specified in your offer, along with the deadline as to when we will need to receive your results. We would always encourage applicants to make preparations to take an English language test as soon as they can.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
If you are made an offer to study on a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research masters (MRes) you will be required to pay a deposit on acceptance of that offer. You will normally receive a deposit invoice within five working days of accepting your conditional offer. Please note, if you accept your offer before Christmas, then you may not receive a deposit invoice until January. The deposit you need to pay is normally 10% of the course fee. Once you receive your deposit invoice, you will need to make the payment within 28 working days. Once we receive your deposit payment your place will be fully secured. If you have any queries relating to paying your deposit, please contact the relevant Admissions Team.
Do you have a disability advisory service?
Imperial College London has a dedicated Disability Advisory Service that aims to provide applicants and students with all the information you need to make an informed choice about an application to Imperial and, once that choice has been made, provide all the support you need to ensure that you are as prepared for starting your course as you can be. More information regarding this can be found on the Disability Advisory Service website.
How do I contact the Admissions team?
We hope that our detailed webpages will answer the majority of your queries relating to applying to Imperial. However, if you have a specific query that is not covered in these pages, the Admissions team’s contact details can be found here for undergraduate programmes or here for postgraduate programmes.
Is there an application fee?
For undergraduate programmes, the cost of submitting an application is set by UCAS. For If you are only applying for one course the cost is £12. If you wish to apply to multiple courses the cost is £23. For more details please visit UCAS’s website.
For postgraduate programmes, currently only Imperial College Business School charge an application fee for their postgraduate taught programmes. The non-refundable application fee is £100 for MBA applications and £50 for MSc programmes. This is to cover the costs associated with processing your application. For more details please visit the Imperial College Business School’s website.
What English language tests do you accept?
Imperial College London accepts many different English language proficiency tests and qualifications. For a full list of the tests and qualifications we accept please visit our English language requirements page.
Please note that as a Tier 4 Sponsor, Imperial College London is able to make its own assessment of students’ English language ability. If you require a Tier 4 visa, your Confirmation for Acceptance of Studies (CAS), will include a statement which confirms the College has made its own assessment of your English language. When applying for your Tier 4 visa, you will not be required to provide evidence of your English language ability with your visa application. However, you are still required to provide official evidence to the College of the accepted English language test you have taken. The only exception to this is in the case of pre-sessional English students, who are studying below degree level and will therefore have to take a Home Office Approved English Language Test and provide evidence of this test with their visa application.
What is Imperial’s UCAS code?
If you are applying for one of Imperial’s undergraduate programmes through UCAS, our institution code is I50.
When do I need to apply?
There are two main undergraduate application deadlines:
- if you are applying for Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge you will need to submit your application through UCAS by 15 October.
- If you are applying for any other undergraduate course, you will need to submit your application through UCAS by 15 January.
For more details about when to apply for an undergraduate course, please visit our When To Apply section.
Applications for postgraduate study normally open in October or November.
Most courses do not publish a formal closing date but programmes will close as they become full.
For more details, please visit our How to apply section.
When will I hear back from Imperial?
We endeavour to publish application decisions within 8 weeks of receiving a complete application. This time may vary throughout the year, especially during peak periods and dependent on whether you will need to attend an interview as part of the selection process.
For undergraduate programmes, we may not be able to release decisions until after the 15th January UCAS deadline. For more details please visit our After You Apply section.
When will I receive my CAS?
Your CAS number will appear in the Student e-Service 2-3 days after all your conditions of your offer have been completed. Please note we can only issue CASs 6 months before the start of your programme so the majority of CASs will be issued from April onwards. For more details please visit our Getting Your CAS number section.
Where can I collect my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from?
As a result of changes to UK Visa and Immigration process, from 2015 Tier 4 students will need to collect a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within 10 days of arriving in the UK. Normally BRPs are delivered to a local post office for collection. However, Imperial is also allowing students to collect BRPs from the South Kensington Campus. In order for your BRP to be delivered to Imperial, as part of your Tier 4 visa application process you will be need to enter the Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code 2HE497 when asked to. More information regarding this can be found on our International Student Support pages.
Will Imperial's entry requirements change as a result of the reforms to A and AS levels?
In September 2015 the structure of some A and AS-levels will be changing, in line with reforms that the UK government has announced. As an institution Imperial regularly considers applicants from many countries offering a wide variety of different qualifications and combinations of qualifications. Our Admissions Tutors are used to dealing with complexity in admissions and will therefore be able to respond positively to the phasing in of reformed, linear A-levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For full details on our approach to changing A-levels, please read our Statement on A-level Reform.
For more information on the proposed reforms to A and AS-levels please visit the Department of Education’s policy section.