Imperial College London

South Kensington, London

  • #=6 QS Global World Ranking
  • PublicStatus
  • Very HighResearch Output
  • 20,191Total Students
  • 4,099Faculty
  • 12,332Int'l Students

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COVID-19 Information: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

For more information, please check the Admissions tab


Ranked 9th in the world in the QS World University Rankings® 2020, Imperial College London is a one-of-a-kind institution in the UK, focusing solely on science, engineering, medicine and business. Imperial offers an education that is research-led, exposing you to real world challenges with no easy answers, teaching that opens everything up to question and opportunities to work across multi-cultural, multi-national teams.


Imperial is based in South Kensington in London, in an area known as ‘Albertopolis’, Prince Albert and Sir Henry Cole’s 19th century vision for an area where science and the arts would come together. As a result, Imperial’s neighbors include a number of world leading cultural organizations including the Science, Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums; the Royal Colleges of Art and Music; the English National Ballet; and the Royal Albert Hall, where all of their students also graduate.

There is plenty of green space too, including two Royal Parks (Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens) within 10 minutes’ walk of campus. Travel to and from the area is also really easy as it’s served by three Tube lines and many bus routes.

One of the most distinctive elements of an Imperial education is that students join a community of world-class researchers. The cutting edge and globally influential nature of this research is what Imperial is best known for. It’s the focus on the practical application of their research – particularly in addressing global challenges – and the high level of interdisciplinary collaboration that makes their research so effective. Read more about their research impact here.

The number of award winners, Nobel Prize holders and prestigious Fellowships (Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Academy of Medical Sciences) amongst their staff is a testament to the outstanding contributions they have made in their respective fields.

Imperial is one of the most international universities in the world, with 59% of its student body in 2018-19 being non-UK citizens and more than 140 countries are currently represented on campus. Meanwhile, the College’s staff, like their students, are diverse in their cultural backgrounds, nationalities and experiences.

Follow Imperial on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (just search "imperial college").


The College has a number of campuses including their South Kensington Campus where their outstanding facilities include:

  • Full motion flight simulator used for investigating the handling qualities and performance of existing and future aircraft
  • Carbon capture pilot plant – stretching over four floors and built to industrial standards
  • Hydrodynamics laboratory for measuring waves and their impact
  • KPMG Data Observatory (DO), the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring a circular wall of 64 monitors powered by 32 computers facilitating 313 degrees of surround vision
  • Test-flight facilities for hybrid unmanned aerial robots in a lab that is equipped with 16 high-speed 3D cameras capable of tracking the robots in flight, and a further eight for tracking underwater movement
  • Wind tunnels, covering speeds from a few meters per second to Mach 9

Imperial offers a huge range of student activities, including 380+ student-led clubs, societies and projects. Groups range from a drone society and e-sports to a capella and yoga, as well as a variety of music and theatre groups. It’s also easy to find reminders of home through our cultural societies, including the Arabic, Indian, Italian, Japanese, and Korean societies amongst many others. The International Student Support team also offer a range of activities to help international students make the most of their time in the UK.

Chat to our current students and hear more about their experiences at Imperial: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/chat-to-our-students/

COVID-19 Information:

  What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours? 
Our open days and tours are currently cancelled. Students can explore the campus virtually via Imperial 360https://360-visit.imperial.ac.uk/ and you can find out about other virtual events on our visit web pages: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/visit/open-days/

•  How can applicants contact the university about their application?
Email Admissions teams:
UG: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contact/
PG: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/contact/

•  How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?
Please see our FAQ for the latest: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

•  What advice is the university offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed?
Please see our FAQ for the latest: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

•  How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?
Please see our FAQ for the latest: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

•  Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?
UG applications are closed, PG applications are open with no current restrictions

•  How are applications for university accommodation being handled?
Please see our accommodation web pages for the latest updates: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/campus-life/accommodation/covid-19/

•  Is the university making any changes to entry requirements (i.e. test results, required documents)?
Please see our FAQ for the latest: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

A postgraduate degree from Imperial will provide you with an excellent foundation for your future – and the College offers lots of support to help you prepare for it. The Careers Service is on hand to support your career planning from your very first day and for up to three years after graduation.

About

COVID-19 Information: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

For more information, please check the Admissions tab


Ranked 9th in the world in the QS World University Rankings® 2020, Imperial College London is a one-of-a-kind institution in the UK, focusing solely on science, engineering, medicine and business. Imperial offers an education that is research-led, exposing you to real world challenges with no easy answers, teaching that opens everything up to question and opportunities to work across multi-cultural, multi-national teams.


Imperial is based in South Kensington in London, in an area known as ‘Albertopolis’, Prince Albert and Sir Henry Cole’s 19th century vision for an area where science and the arts would come together. As a result, Imperial’s neighbors include a number of world leading cultural organizations including the Science, Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums; the Royal Colleges of Art and Music; the English National Ballet; and the Royal Albert Hall, where all of their students also graduate.

There is plenty of green space too, including two Royal Parks (Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens) within 10 minutes’ walk of campus. Travel to and from the area is also really easy as it’s served by three Tube lines and many bus routes.

One of the most distinctive elements of an Imperial education is that students join a community of world-class researchers. The cutting edge and globally influential nature of this research is what Imperial is best known for. It’s the focus on the practical application of their research – particularly in addressing global challenges – and the high level of interdisciplinary collaboration that makes their research so effective. Read more about their research impact here.

The number of award winners, Nobel Prize holders and prestigious Fellowships (Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Academy of Medical Sciences) amongst their staff is a testament to the outstanding contributions they have made in their respective fields.

Imperial is one of the most international universities in the world, with 59% of its student body in 2018-19 being non-UK citizens and more than 140 countries are currently represented on campus. Meanwhile, the College’s staff, like their students, are diverse in their cultural backgrounds, nationalities and experiences.

Follow Imperial on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (just search "imperial college").


The College has a number of campuses including their South Kensington Campus where their outstanding facilities include:

  • Full motion flight simulator used for investigating the handling qualities and performance of existing and future aircraft
  • Carbon capture pilot plant – stretching over four floors and built to industrial standards
  • Hydrodynamics laboratory for measuring waves and their impact
  • KPMG Data Observatory (DO), the largest of its kind in Europe, featuring a circular wall of 64 monitors powered by 32 computers facilitating 313 degrees of surround vision
  • Test-flight facilities for hybrid unmanned aerial robots in a lab that is equipped with 16 high-speed 3D cameras capable of tracking the robots in flight, and a further eight for tracking underwater movement
  • Wind tunnels, covering speeds from a few meters per second to Mach 9

Imperial offers a huge range of student activities, including 380+ student-led clubs, societies and projects. Groups range from a drone society and e-sports to a capella and yoga, as well as a variety of music and theatre groups. It’s also easy to find reminders of home through our cultural societies, including the Arabic, Indian, Italian, Japanese, and Korean societies amongst many others. The International Student Support team also offer a range of activities to help international students make the most of their time in the UK.

Chat to our current students and hear more about their experiences at Imperial: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/chat-to-our-students/

COVID-19 Information:

  What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours? 
Our open days and tours are currently cancelled. Students can explore the campus virtually via Imperial 360https://360-visit.imperial.ac.uk/ and you can find out about other virtual events on our visit web pages: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/visit/open-days/

•  How can applicants contact the university about their application?
Email Admissions teams:
UG: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contact/
PG: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/contact/

•  How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?
Please see our FAQ for the latest: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

•  What advice is the university offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed?
Please see our FAQ for the latest: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

•  How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?
Please see our FAQ for the latest: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

•  Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?
UG applications are closed, PG applications are open with no current restrictions

•  How are applications for university accommodation being handled?
Please see our accommodation web pages for the latest updates: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/campus-life/accommodation/covid-19/

•  Is the university making any changes to entry requirements (i.e. test results, required documents)?
Please see our FAQ for the latest: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/covid-19/

A postgraduate degree from Imperial will provide you with an excellent foundation for your future – and the College offers lots of support to help you prepare for it. The Careers Service is on hand to support your career planning from your very first day and for up to three years after graduation.

University highlights

QS World University Ranking

  • 2012
    #6
  • 2014
    #5
  • 2015
    #=2
  • 2016
    #8
  • 2017
    #9
  • 2018
    #8
  • 2019
    #8
  • 2020
    #9
  • 2021
    #8
  • 2022
    #7
  • 2023
    #=6

Ranking criteria

97
Overall
98.3
Academic Reputation
99.7
Employer Reputation
99.5
Faculty Student Ratio
86.5
Citations per Faculty
100
International Faculty Ratio
100
International Students Ratio
98.1
International Research Network
88.8
Employment Outcomes

Student & Staff

Total students
20,191

45%
55%

International students
12,332

51%
49%

Total faculty staff
4,099

2231
1868

Total students
20,191

45%
55%

International students
12,332

51%
49%

Total faculty staff
4,099

1868
2231
QS Stars is a rating system that helps you select the right university based on your interests. It provides a detailed look at an institution, identifying which universities rate highest in the specific topics that matter to you, like facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and more.

Scholarships

Yes
The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.

Campus locations

South Kensington Campus,

South Kensington , London , United Kingdom , SW7 2AZ

Charing Cross Medical Campus,

Reynolds Building , London , United Kingdom , W6 8RP

Chelsea and Westminster Medical Campus,

369 Fulham Road , London , United Kingdom , SW10 9NH

Hammersmith Medical Campus,

The Commonwealth Building , London , United Kingdom , W12 0NN

North West London Hospitals Campus,

Watford Road , London , United Kingdom , HA1 3UJ

Royal Brompton Medical Campus,

Dovehouse Street , London , United Kingdom , SW3 6LY

Silwood Park Campus,

Buckhurst Road , Ascot , United Kingdom , SL5 7PY

St Mary's Medical Campus,

Norfolk Place , London , United Kingdom , W2 1PG

White City Campus,

80 Wood Lane , London , United Kingdom , W12 0BZ

+ 6 More Locations

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