Imperial College London

London, England
Public-University

Overview

Imperial College London (officially Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. Its founder, Prince Albert, envisioned a cultural area composed of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, and the Imperial Institute. His wife, Queen Victoria, laid the foundation stone for the Imperial Institute in 1888. In 1907, the college joined the University of London, before leaving it a century later. In 1988, the Imperial College School of Medicine was formed through a merger with St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. In 2004, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Imperial College Business School.

The main campus is located in South Kensington, with a new innovation campus in White City. Imperial’s emphasis is on the practical application of science and technology, and is organised through faculties of natural science, engineering, medicine, and business. Imperial is amongst the most international universities in the world, with 59% of students from outside the UK and more than 140 countries represented on campus.

In 2018-19, Imperial is ranked 8th globally (1st in London) in the QS World University Rankings, 9th in the THE World University Rankings and 24th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. It was ranked by Reuters The World’s Most Innovative Universities as the most innovative university in Europe.The college’s origins can be traced back as far as the founding of the Royal College of Chemistry on Hanover Square in 1845, with the support of Prince Albert and parliament. Following some financial trouble, this was absorbed in 1853 into the newly formed Government School of Mines and Science Applied to the Arts, located on Jermyn Street. The school was renamed the Royal School of Mines a decade later.

Proceeds from the Great Exhibition of 1851 were designated by Prince Albert to be used to develop a cultural area in South Kensington for the use and education of the public.[13] Within the next 6 years the Victoria and Albert and Science museums had opened, joined by the Natural History Museum in 1881, and in 1888 the Imperial Institute. As well as museums, new facilities for the royal colleges were also constructed, with the Royal College of Chemistry and the Royal School of Mines moving to South Kensington between 1871 and 1872.

In 1881 the Normal School of Science was established in South Kensington under the leadership of Thomas Huxley, taking over responsibility for the teaching of the natural sciences and agriculture from the Royal School of Mines. The school was granted the name Royal College of Science by royal consent in 1890. As these institutions were not part of universities, they were unable to grant degrees to students, and instead bestowed associateships such as the Associateship of the Royal College of Science.

The Central Institution of the City and Guilds of London Institute, formed by the City of London’s livery companies, was opened on Exhibition Road by the Prince of Wales, founded to focus on providing technical education, with courses starting in early 1885. The institution was renamed the Central Technical College in 1893, becoming a school of the University of London in 1899.

4 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1907
Size Large
17,565 Students
Location
London
England

Learning

3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Health Professions
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Applying

How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.5 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Jan
15
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 9,250
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available

Merit based
Departmental

Scholarships

Dean’s Excellence Award
Total Worth £15,000
Eligibility and Requirements The scholarship will be awarded to applicants based on the following criteria: 1. A very strong academic background and an excellent track record of professional achievement 2. Students performance during the admissions process, where academic and professional merit will be judged 3. Students professional references 4. A first class honours degree, or international equivalent, preferred.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline October 26
Other Details This award is given to prospective students who demonstrate exceptional academic and professional accomplishments, and are impactful leaders, embodying the key elements of Imperial College Business School’s mission and vision.
Imperial Business Scholarships
Total Worth £5,000
Eligibility and Requirements The scholarship will be awarded to applicants based on the following criteria: 1. A good academic background, and an excellent track record of professional achievement 2. Students performance during the admissions process, where academic and professional merit will be judged 3. Students professional references
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline October 26
Other Details Imperial College Business School is committed to attracting brilliant minds, regardless of their background or financial circumstances. These awards recognise strong applicants who demonstrate the ability and passion to meet the challenges present in today’s dynamic global business environment to make a positive difference as socially responsible leaders.
Women’s Scholarships
Total Worth £10,000
Eligibility and Requirements The scholarship will be awarded based on the following criteria: 1.The information supplied in your original application to the programme, including a good academic background and an excellent track record of professional achievement 2.Students performance during the admissions process, where academic and professional merit will be judged 3. Students professional references 4. Open to female candidates only
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline October 26
Other Details The Imperial Women’s Scholarships of up to £10,000 are available to female candidates showing exceptional academic achievement and professional excellence.
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