Types of qualification

EEE studentsOur degrees lead to the award of one of the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Master in Science (MSci)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
  • Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

The MEng and MSci are known as integrated Master’s awards whereby the level of a Bachelor’s degree with Honours is combined with Master’s-level study during the latter stages of a single, continuous programme of study.  

Students on our six-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree undertake a one-year intercalated BSc degree in the fourth year. This allows them to gain a further qualification in a subject related to medicine alongside their MBBS degree. The College also offers a Graduate Medicine MBBS programme, which extends over five years.

Joint Honours degrees, combining two disciplines, are available in certain subjects.


As well as your main degree, you may receive an award of Associateship from one of Imperial’s historic constituent Colleges:

  • Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS)
  • Associateship of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM)
  • Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI)
  • Associateship of the Imperial College School of Medicine (AICSM)

These are awarded to students (normally undergraduate students) provided they have satisfied the College’s requirements for their course of study and the minimum period of study as required for the award of Associateship.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)

Civil Engineering students at the Constructionarium

The ECTS value of our degrees is displayed on our course pages. 

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is an academic credit system for higher education widely used throughout the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

ECTS credits express the volume of learning based on the achievement of defined learning outcomes and their associated workload. The credits you accumulate are transferable, meaning you may be able to use them towards another programme offered by the same institution or by another institution.

Some of our integrated Master’s degrees incorporate assessed work outside the academic terms and therefore attract more ECTS credits.

Students on other integrated Master's degrees may be able to optionally undertake additional study or project work in the summer vacations to raise their ECTS count – details of available opportunities will be confirmed by your department.

ECTS credits are not awarded on the MBBS programmes.

Potential changes to our courses

Design Engineering student using equipemtnImperial is currently in the process of revising its taught course and assessment structures with the aim of introducing a standardised modular structure and enhanced degree provision across the College for the 2018–19 academic year. This will include changes to academic and examination regulations for all taught undergraduate (and Master's level) courses.

As a result, we will be making changes to some of the course content and assessment information set out on our course pages prior to entry in 2018. We believe these changes will either benefit you or have no impact on you; they are very unlikely to impact you negatively.

We recommend that you check our course pages before finalising your application and after submitting it, as we will publish updated course information on our during the year as and when the new course structures are ratified by College decision-making bodies.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.