Imperial College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, which specialises in science, engineering, medicine and business. The College's legal name is "the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine'" The words "Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine", "Imperial College London" and "Imperial College" are registered trade-marks. The College's preferred brand identity is "Imperial College London".
Imperial's main campus is located in the South Kensington (Albertopolis) area of Central London, with additional campuses in Chelsea, Hammersmith,Paddington, Silwood Park and Wye College. Imperial also operates the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore in partnership with Nanyang Technological University. Imperial is organised into four main faculties within which there are over 40 departments, institutes and research centres. Imperial is a major centre for biomedical research and is a founding member of the Francis Crick Institute and Imperial College Healthcare, an academic health science centre. Imperial is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of MBAs, the European University Association, theG5, the League of European Research Universities, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Russell Group.
Facts & figures
- Founded 1907
- 14,414 full-time students (11-12)
- 12.5:1 student/staff ratio (11-12)
- Students from 126 countries
- 242 taught courses
The origins of the constituent elements of Imperial can be traced back to the College of St Gregory and St Martin at Wye, which was originally founded by John Kempe, the Archbishop of York, in 1447 as a seminary, with an agricultural college being established at Wye in 1894 after the removal of the seminary.The medical schools of Charing Cross Hospital, Westminster Hospital and St Mary's Hospital were opened in 1823, 1834 and 1854 respectively.
The Royal College of Chemistry was founded in 1845 by subscription as a necessary national resource for industrial and technical development. Royal patronage came from Prince Albert, who was President of the Council. The Government School of Mines and of Science as Applied to the Arts was founded by Sir Henry de la Beche in 1851.
In 1881 the Normal School of Science was established which quickly changed its name to the Royal College of Science. The title Normal had been intended by T.H. Huxley to indicate the high status of the School as in the Ecole Normale in Paris.
The Central Institution, later to become the City and Guilds College, was established by the City Livery Companies under the City and Guilds of London Institute. Unable to find a site in the City, they first set up the Finsbury Technical College. This was intended as a feeder school for the main College. The City and Guilds Waterhouse building opened in 1884 and full time teaching began in 1885.
The Imperial Institute was created in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Jubilee with the intention of it being a scientific research institution exploring and developing the raw materials of the Empire countries. It was administered by a Governing body with the then Prince of Wales as President.The Imperial Institute building was constructed in South Kensington between 1888 and 1893.
UK requirements for international applications
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
The living expenses of individual students at university vary considerably according to personal circumstances and choice. Basic prices for food, personal costs, bills, insurance, etc will be fairly consistent wherever you study - expenditure more specific to London and Imperial relates to accommodation and travel. Living expenses will depend upon the type of accommodation that you have.
Weekly average expenses:
Accommodation - 145 £
Food and Utilities - 55 £
Travel (Zones 1-3 with 18+ Student Oyster*) - 26 £
Personal and leisure - 50 £
Books and Course Costs - 10 £
*Student Oyster photocards can be bought for use within London on trains, underground, buses and the London Docklands Light Railway. If you travel regularly on public transport it will be cheaper to buy a travelcard rather than single tickets. Transport for London offers a student travelcard which gives a 30% discount to full-time students over the age of 18. Travel costs are dependent upon the zone you will be travelling from. A travelcard for Zones 1-6 will be required to travel from Zone 6. Travel costs are cheaper if you are travelling from Zones 1,2,3,4 and 5;
Overseas students could need up to £750 for initial costs such as an accommodation deposit, flights and so on.
If you ever get stuck anywhere, Transport for London offers a service to get you home. Text Home to 60835 (60tfl) and the phone numbers for two local licensed minicab operators will be sent direct to your mobile phone. The service can be used in any part of London, 24 hours a day.
- Eating and drinking.
The College's Catering department, provides fresh food and drink to over 20 outlets across three of Imperial's campuses for students, staff and visitors in addition to operating a restaurant and bar and a retail store.
- Sport life
Promotion of sporting excellence and participation, as well as overall health and wellbeing programmes. Free use of sporting facilities to students as a health and fitness benefit. Sports facilities at Imperial's London campuses include four gyms, two swimming pools and two sports halls. Imperial Sports Scholarships are designed to support the needs of performance athletes during their time studying at Imperial College London.
- Arts Imperial It boasts an arts scene.
There are many orchestras, choirs, societies and groups which you can join to make the most of your time at the College as a student or staff member. Frequent art exhibitions and workshops take place, and there is also a fantastic lunchtime concert series featuring some of the world's finest soloists and ensembles.
- Imperial College Union
It has over 300 Clubs, Societies and Projects.
Imperial College London are
- a world-leading institution for scientific research and education
- 3rd in Europe and 9th in the world overall
- 2nd in Europe and 6th in the world for engineering and technology
- 3rd in Europe and 10th in the world for life sciences
- 4th in Europe and 12th in the world for physical sciences
- 3rd in Europe and 4th in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health
- Imperial College London embodies and delivers world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, medicine and business, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare.
- Imperial Innovations became first majority university-owned technology transfer company to float in the UK.
- Imperial College London is London’s top sporting university. The sports centre Ethos provides excellent facilities from gyms and grounds to a climbing wall and a boathouse and is free for all Imperial students.
- Imperial offers different Scholarships and Bursaries
- Every student at Imperial College London is a member of Imperial College Union.
- Imperial is a member of the Exhibition Road cultural group which is made up of fifteen institutions which come together to arrange joint events in the shared space of Exhibition Road.