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why imperial?

There are many reasons why an Imperial education


is so highly sought after. Here are just a few of them.

320+
clubs, societies and projects
one of the largest ranges
of any UK university

1st
in London and 4th in the UK in
The Times and The Sunday Times
Good University Guide 2015

2nd
best student city in the world,
according to the QS Best Student
City rankings 2013

ImpERIAL CoLLEgE LonDon

2nd =

100+

best university in the world,


according to the QS World
University Rankings 2014

professional development courses


designed specifically for our
postgraduate students

73%
We were judged to have the
highest proportion of world
leading (4*) and internationally
excellent (3*) research of any
UK institution in the most recent
Research Assessment Exercise

1st
in the UK for graduate prospects,
according to The Complete
University Guide 2015

Free
access to swimming and gym
facilities for all students

top 10
in the world for our reputation
with employers for producing
the best graduates, according to
the QS World University Rankings
2014, which awarded us the
top score of 100 points
poStgRadUate pRoSpectUS

about imperial

contents
about imperial

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Welcome to Imperial
12 World leading research
22 Our academic departments
24 Masters study
30 Doctoral study
40 Professional skills development
42 Careers support and advice
44 What do Imperial graduates do?
46 Career connections
50 A lifelong relationship

our campuses

54 South Kensington Campus


56 Aerial map of South Kensington
60 Medical campuses, Silwood Park
and Imperial West
62 Study resources (Library and IT)
64 Supporting our students
68 Sport and fitness
70 Students Union

life in london

74 Postgraduate accommodation
76 Private accommodation
80 Living in London

application and admissions

86 How to apply
88 Applying for a visa
89 English language requirements
90 Funding your studies

Imperials wave basin provides researchers


with 360,000 litres of water and numbered
paddles that can be programmed to create
waves of specific frequency and direction.
It is also equipped with pressure transducers,
laser sensors and video imaging to observe
how waves and structures interact.
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courses and further


information

96 AZ Masters course directory


100 Course directory by department
110 London campuses map
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Welcome to Imperial
Imperial College London is the
only UK university to focus entirely
on science, engineering, medicine
and business. Our international
reputation for excellence in teaching
and research sees us consistently
rated in the top five UK universities
and in the top 10 worldwide.
This makes an Imperial degree
highly valued by employers
across the world.

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5

We represent 100 years


of innovation

Our journey to becoming one


of the worlds best universities
began in 1907 with the merger
of three great institutions:
ff the

Royal College of Science


City and Guilds College
ff the Royal School of Mines
ff the

At a glance

149
taught postgraduate
courses

7,001
full and part-time
postgraduate students

Further mergers over the years


with institutions including St Marys
Hospital Medical School, the
National Heart and Lung Institute,
the Charing Cross and Westminster
Medical School and the Royal
Postgraduate Medical School, and
the formation of Imperial College
Business School, have extended our
science and engineering expertise
into the complementary fields
of medicine and business.

201314

127
nationalities among
our student body

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9
campuses for teaching
and research

In just over 100 years, we have


grown from a College with 600
students and 12 professors to one
of the worlds top 10 universities
with more than 15,900 full- and parttime students and more than 3,500
academic staff and researchers.

some of our award-winning staff


1 Molly Stevens, Professor of Biomedical Materials
and Regenerative Medicine and the Research Director
for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of
Biomedical Engineering, received the 2012 EU40 award
for best materials scientist in Europe under the age of 40.
2 Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society
and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies, has become
a household name for his work in clinical medicine and regularly
presents TV science shows including Child of our Time.
3 Emeritus Professor Sir Tom Kibble is best known for work
in the 1960s leading to the concept of a mass-giving particle
now called the Higgs boson.
4 Professor Chris Toumazou, Chief Scientist for the Institute
of Biomedical Engineering, was named Europes top inventor
in 2014 for his DNA chip to improve health monitoring.
5 Dr Eva-Maria Graefe, Junior Research Fellow, won a fellowship
in 2014 from global cosmetics firm LOral for her work
in quantum mechanics.

W ere world leading

The real-world application of our research has been


central to our mission since our foundation. Its still
fundamental to the way we work today evidenced
in developments like our 200 million Research and
Translation Hub, the showpiece of our new Imperial
West Campus (see page 61). Our staff are leaders in
their fields, conducting research of the highest quality
that may one day change the world. Our contributions
to society have been recognised over the years with
the award of 14 Nobel Prizes and two Field Medals
to people who have taught or studied at Imperial.

Were well
connected
Our location in London sets us
in the heart of an international
community of business, academia,
healthcare and commerce.
Weve made the most of it by
forming close partnerships with
hundreds of external organisations
both locally and globally. These
partnerships help to keep our
research relevant to those
who need it most.
Were also building research
collaborations with countries such
as India and China, participating
in collaborative PhD programmes
in Hong Kong and Singapore, and
organising international summer
schools for our PhD students at
universities across the world.

329.5m
The Colleges strong links with industry
and other sectors and organisations
worldwide saw Imperial achieve
the fourth highest research income
among UK universities from research
grants and contracts (201213)
Times Higher Education Wealth Check
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We support your career and


professional development

Our graduates are amongst the most


sought after in the world. In the QS World
University Rankings 2014, Imperial received
the joint top score of 100 points as one of
the most popular institutions for employers
to recruit from.
The Graduate Schools professional
development programme allows you to
continually develop as a researcher, gaining
the personal and professional research skills
required to successfully complete your degree.
We also focus on skills that will be of benefit in
your career beyond Imperial (see page 40).

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1 Your professional
development is supported
by tailored careers
advice and training from
our Careers Service to
help take your career
preparations from strength
to strength (see page 42).
2 Alumnus Afonso Salcedo
(MSc Computing 2002)
has worked for Pixar and
DreamWorks. He now
owns his own film and
photography business,
Sutro Studios.

Rankings
UK overall rankings

5th 
The Guardian University
Guide, 2015

4th

T he Times and The Sunday


Times Good University
Guide, 2015

6th 
The Complete

University Guide, 2015

Global rankings
 S World University Rankings,
Q
2014

1st = in Europe
2nd = in world
Times Higher Education World
University Rankings, 201415
Overall

3rd
9th =

in Europe
in world

engineering and technology

2nd
6th

in Europe
in world

life sciences

3rd
10th

We have WORLD
renowned staff

72

Fellows of the
Royal Society

Our academic staff currently include some of the worlds most


renowned scientists, medics and engineers whose outstanding
contributions in their field have been recognised by their peers
in the awarding of prestigious Fellowships (see right).

87

Fellows of the
Royal Academy
of Engineering

Our commitment to maintaining the highest standards is


supported by our own annual Excellence in Teaching awards,
recognising outstanding contributions in teaching, pastoral care,
research supervision and supporting the student experience.
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in Europe
in world

physical sciences

4th
12th

in Europe
in world

clinical, pre-clinical and health

79

Fellows of the
Academy of
Medical Sciences

3rd
4th

in Europe
in world

Academic Ranking of World


Universities (ARWU), 2014

4th
22nd

in UK
in world

Built to the highest industrial standards,


the Department of Chemical Engineerings
Carbon Capture Pilot Plant provides
a hands-on discovery experience for
students and researchers alike.
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inspiring

about imperial

minds

Were committed to research that will


make the world a healthier, safer and cleaner
place. We also want to capture the imaginations
of the people who will benefit from our work.
Thats why we run year-round events for
students, staff and public audiences to meet
our researchers and talk about their work,
climaxing in the annual Imperial Festival
at our South Kensington Campus.

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Visitors on a tour of the Hamlyn Centre,


which is at the forefront of research
into imaging, sensing and robotics for
addressing global health challenges.
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robot repairs
from the air

World leading research


As a postgraduate student
at the College, you will be joining
a critical mass of world leading
researchers who share ideas,
expertise and technology to find
answers to the big scientific
questions and tackle global
challenges.

Keep up with Imperials


latest research news:

www.imperial.ac.uk/news

Part of our founding mission is to make


a demonstrable economic and social impact,
through the translation of our work into practice
worldwide. Imperial is particularly well known
for its support of interdisciplinary research,
with funding, infrastructure and cultural
encouragement to bring researchers together
across the disciplines to explore different
approaches to solving a problem.
For example, in 2012 we opened the
66m Imperial Centre for Translational and
Experimental Medicine. This flagship facility
has space for up to 450 scientists to accelerate
the translation of scientific discoveries into new
ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating
diseases. We are also one of three university
partners in the new Francis Crick Institute,
which will bring together multidisciplinary
research expertise from leading scientific
and academic organisations.
Within the university sector, Imperial
has led the way in technology transfer and
commercialisation of ideas, providing the
support and infrastructure to set up businesses
and license technologies, helping our research
to reach the people who need and want it.
Working with Imperial Innovations, we have
created spin-out companies that have
gone on to raise over 600m since 2006.
The College also invests in other ways of
bringing your research to life to increase its
impact. For example, postgraduate students
make a significant contribution to the annual
Imperial Festival and Fringe programmes.
These engage more than 12,000 people
with our work through a series of hands-on,
interactive demonstrations, talks and
performances (see pages 1011).

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A team of Imperial aeronautics


researchers and postgraduate students
has developed the worlds first flying 3D
printer, using off-the-shelf parts, which
spits out foam to build simple structures
and carry out repairs from the air. The
robots underbelly contains two canisters
of chemicals that create polyurethane
foam, as well as a printing module.
The team hope the robot could ultimately
be used for repairs and construction in
hostile environments, such as patching
up damaged offshore wind farms or
sealing up leaks in nuclear power plants.
Additionally, the printer can create
grippers that stick onto objects and make
them transportable, potentially enabling
the robot to pick up and remove bombs,
or dispose of hazardous materials like
radioactive waste from crippled reactors.

climate change
ACROSS THE AGES
Climate change five million years ago
may have caused one of Antarcticas huge
ice sheets to partially melt and sea levels to
rise by approximately 20 metres, according
to research by Dr Tina van de Flierdt from
the Department of Earth Science and
Engineering and colleagues from other
international universities.
They lived on a research vessel in the
Southern Ocean off Antarctica for nine
weeks as part of the Integrated Ocean
Drilling Program. They drilled in waters up
to four kilometres deep and into sediment
up to one kilometre beneath the sea floor,
to explore the past of the East Antarctic
ice sheet the largest ice mass on Earth,
roughly the size of Australia.

Body
double
Parts of a cars bodywork could double
up as its battery, thanks to a new material
being developed by Imperial engineers and
scientists and European Union partners,
including Volvo. The material can store and
discharge electrical energy, and it is also
strong and light enough to be used for parts in
future hybrid vehicles, to make them lighter,
more compact and more energy efficient.
The researchers have recently used the
material to create a prototype car boot.

Back on dry land, Dr van de Flierdt and


Carys Cook, a PhD student in the Grantham
Institute Climate Change and the
Environment, analysed the samples and
deduced that the ice sheet had been much
more sensitive to climate change in the
past than was previously realised.
Understanding this ancient glacial melting
may give insights into how sea levels could
rise as a consequence of current climate
change. Carbon dioxide concentrations
then were similar to those found now and
global temperatures were comparable to
those predicted for the end of this century.
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about imperial

120m
The number of treatments for
the debilitating tropical disease
schistosomiasis distributed by Imperials
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.
This charitable organisation has been
working with 16 countries to map the distribution
of the disease and to treat people infected,
especially school-aged children and women
of child-bearing age. Its target is to reach
50 million treatments per year by 2016.

Gene therapy
for Parkinsons

noisy
neighbours

A new gene therapy for


Parkinsons disease has achieved
promising results in its first
human tests.

new trial for


potential hiv cure
A ground-breaking trial is underway at Imperial
to test a possible cure for HIV infection.
Past efforts to cure HIV have been thwarted
by the viruss ability to lie dormant inside blood
cells without being detected. The new therapy
combines standard antiretroviral drugs with
two new weapons: a drug that reactivates
dormant HIV, and a vaccine that induces the
immune system to destroy the infected cells.
The trial will involve 50 patients in the early
stages of HIV infection and it is a collaboration
between Imperial and four other UK universities.
The researchers hope that within months, the
stores of hidden HIV in these patients called
the HIV reservoir will be significantly reduced.
The results are expected in 2017.
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The approach was first devised


by Professor Nicholas Mazarakis
(Medicine) in 1997. Fifteen
patients have now received
the treatment, which uses a
modified virus to deliver three
genes into the striatum, a part of
the brain that controls movement.
The genes are intended to boost
the production of dopamine,
a chemical that becomes deficient
in people with Parkinsons.
Trial participants underwent
a single operation to inject the
virus into the brain. Their scores
on movement tests improved on
average by 30 per cent, and they
also reported having a better
quality of life. The first patients to
have the surgery have now been
followed up for four years, and
the effect has been sustained,
according to a study in The Lancet.
The treatment has been safe,
with no serious adverse effects.

Risks of hospital admissions


and deaths from stroke and
heart disease are higher in
areas with high levels of aircraft
noise, according to a study
published in the British
Medical Journal.

Statins show promise


against multiple sclerosis
Doctors hoping for a treatment that can abate
the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis (MS)
may already have one in their medicine cabinets.
Statins, which millions take daily to lower
cholesterol, appear to have a beneficial impact in
patients with secondary progressive MS, according
to a study by Imperial researchers in The Lancet.
In a two-year clinical trial involving 140 patients,
simvastatin was found to slow brain shrinkage,
which is thought to contribute to patients
impairments. Patients on simvastatin also
achieved better scores on movement tests and
questionnaires that assess disability than patients
taking a placebo.The next step is a larger study
with a greater number of patients, to investigate
the therapys effectiveness more fully.

Researchers at Imperial and


Kings College London compared
data on day- and night-time
aircraft noise with hospital
admissions and mortality
rates among a population
of 3.6 million people living
near Heathrow airport.
The risks were around 10 to 20
per cent higher in areas with
highest levels of aircraft noise
compared with the areas with
least noise.The researchers
say more work is needed to
establish the exact relationship
between noise and ill health.

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about imperial

Combating malaria
with male mozzies

healthy innovations
A patients experience of the doctors
surgery and the operating theatre could be
transformed by these Imperial prototypes.

Imperial life scientists have modified mosquitoes


to produce sperm that will only create males,
pioneering a fresh approach to eradicating malaria.

SNP Doctor

Their genetic method distorts the sex ratio


of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the main
transmitters of the malaria parasite, so that the
female mosquitoes that bite and pass the disease
to humans are no longer produced. This is the first
time that scientists have been able to manipulate
the sex ratios of mosquito populations.

DNA Electronics (DNAE),


an Imperial spin-out company

This handheld device analyses DNA


to predict how patients may respond
to their prescription medication.

iKnife
Dr Zoltan Takats, Department
of Surgery and Cancer

This intelligent knife can tell surgeons


immediately whether the tissue they are
cutting is cancerous or not.

Digital plaster
T oumaz Healthcare, a spin-out
company from the Institute
of Biomedical Engineering

The wireless Sensium digital


patch can monitor a patients vital signs
continuously and remotely, so patients
can be cared for in their homes.

iSnake
Professor Guang-Zhong Yang
and Professor Lord Ara Darzi,
Institute for Global Health
Innovation

This robotic surgical device is able


to move independently through the body
to its target, where the surgeon can operate
it by remote control.
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artificial yeast
Imperial researchers are building
a man-made chromosome, the UKs
contribution to the first entirely
artificial yeast.
Scientists hope to complete the
synthetic genome by 2017, and use it
to design new strains of Saccharomyces
cerevisiae yeast that go beyond their
current ability to produce beer and
bread. The new yeasts will be able to
create valuable chemicals, antibiotics,
vaccines or biofuels.
Imperial is one of the world leaders
in the field of synthetic biology,
where researchers re-engineer cells
to develop microscopic devices that
can be used to address a range of
global challenges. The College is
home to a 24 million centre called
SynbiCITE that aims to speed up the
development of these technologies.
SynbiCITE is a national resource,
involving researchers from a further
17 universities and academic institutions
across the UK as well as 13 industrial
partners, including the research arms
of Microsoft, Shell and GlaxoSmithKline.

In the first laboratory tests, the method created


a fully fertile mosquito strain that produced 95 per
cent male offspring. The researchers introduced
the genetically modified mosquitoes to five caged
wild-type mosquito populations. They reported in
Nature Communications that in four of the five cages,
the entire population was eliminated within six
generations, because of the lack of females.
The hope is that if this could be replicated in the
wild, this would ultimately cause local malariacarrying mosquito populations to crash.

on call

Imperial MBA students won the top prize


of 10,000 in the annual Innovation,
Entrepreneurship and Design Business Plan
Competition with their plan to improve access
to healthcare in Uganda using mobile phones.
Team SasaDoc have developed a service
which will allow Ugandans to receive medical
consultations over the phone, paying a fee
to connect to the service via a text message.
A portion of the revenue generated will then
be used to fund projects that aim to improve
access to doctors and healthcare for
Ugandans who cannot afford to pay.

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about imperial

Spot the difference


Researchers in the Institute of
Security Science and Technology
are exploring how you can spot
unusual activity on social media
sites such as Twitter, and what
patterns of activity might precede
a major criminal or terrorist
event, with a view to helping
governments to combat organised
crime and extremism. Institute
scientists have used similar
techniques to help banks to
detect fraudulent activity on credit
cards, creating sophisticated
systems to spot anomalies.

Mission to Jupiter
In 2022, a new spacecraft is expected
to set off for an eight-year journey
to Jupiter, where it will explore the
planets icy moons and provide
fresh insights into the waterworlds
orbiting the giant planets in our
solar system and beyond.

Light into matter


Imperial physicists have discovered how to create
matter from light a feat thought impossible when
the idea was first theorised decades ago. In just
one day over several cups of coffee in a tiny office
in Imperials Blackett Physics Laboratory, PhD
student Oliver Pike and two colleagues worked
out a way to physically prove a theory devised
by scientists Breit and Wheeler in 1934.
Breit and Wheeler suggested that it should be
possible to turn light into matter by smashing
together only two particles of light (photons), to
create an electron and a positron the simplest
method of turning light into matter ever predicted.
The calculation was found to be theoretically sound
but Breit and Wheeler said that they never expected
anybody to physically demonstrate their prediction.
The Imperial team have devised a photon-photon
collider to bring Breit and Wheelers theory to life,
using technology that is already available, which
they described in a paper in Nature Photonics.
It would recreate a process that was important
in the first 100 seconds of the universe and that
is also seen in gamma ray bursts, which are the
biggest explosions in the universe and one
of physics greatest unsolved mysteries.
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Imperials Professor Michele


Dougherty led the proposal for the
Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE),
which is funded by the European
Space Agency. She is one of a
fifteen-strong Science Study Team
from institutions across Europe.
The primary target of the mission
is the solar systems largest moon,
Ganymede, an icy world slightly
larger than the planet Mercury that
is unique within the solar system.
Ganymede is thought to harbour
a deep ocean under the icy crust,
has its own internally generated
magnetic field, and has an ancient
surface littered with more individual
types of crater than anywhere else in
the solar system.
Ganymede may represent a
whole class of potentially habitable
environments in our galaxy. JUICE will
carry experiments designed to study
the sub-surface ocean, the geology
and composition of the surface,
and its interaction with its plasma
environment. The spacecraft will also
investigate Jupiters other icy worlds,
Callisto and Europa, as well as the
giant planets complex atmosphere
and extended magnetosphere.

Just like a dream


Our brains display a similar
pattern of activity during dreams
as they do during a mind-expanding
drug trip, according to researchers
from the Department of Medicine.
Little is known about what happens in the
brain when people take psychedelic drugs.
Professor David Nutt (the Edmond J. Safra Chair
in Neuropsychopharmacology), Dr Robin CarhartHarris, and international colleagues examined
the brain effects of the psychedelic chemical in
magic mushrooms, called psilocybin, using data
from brain scans of volunteers who had been
injected with the drug.
Their study, published in Human Brain Mapping, found
that under psilocybin, activity in the brain network
linked to emotional thinking became more pronounced,
with several different areas in this network active at
the same time. This pattern of activity is similar to that
observed in people who are dreaming. The volunteers
also had more disjointed and uncoordinated activity in
the brain network that is linked to high-level thinking.

Data Science
Since 2012, the world has
produced more data than in all
prior human history. Researchers
at Imperials Data Science
Institute, which launched in 2014,
are aiming to unleash the huge
potential of all this information.
Insights from large, complex
data sets are crucial for medical
innovation, disease prevention,
climate change research, the
analysis of financial markets
and consumer behaviour, and
the development of cities that
can accommodate fast-growing
populations. The Institute is
underpinning multidisciplinary
collaborations between the
Colleges academic experts
and research partners to create
new solutions in these and
other complex areas.
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your study

options
Imperial offers many different options
for postgraduate study. Which route is
right for you will depend on a number
of factors, including the level of degree
you currently hold, which subject you are
interested in and your career goals.
This section outlines some of the typical study routes
you can follow, with examples of the careers that
former students have gone into. As an Imperial degree
is highly valued by all kinds of employers across the
world, these are provided as a guide only.
Whichever qualification you choose you will be
supported by the Graduate Schools professional
development programme to help you develop
the skills needed in both your academic studies
and future career (see page 40).

Chelsea Embankment,
just a 30-minute walk from
the South Kensington Campus

about imperial

our academic
departments
As a postgraduate student you will
be based in one of our departments,
centres or institutes. This will be your
academic and administrative home at
Imperial, though the cross-disciplinary
connections that are a feature of College
life mean youll have lots of opportunities
to work across subject boundaries.
Youll also receive skills training alongside
peers from many other departments.
Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/a_to_z
Faculty of
Engineering

Faculty
of Medicine

Faculty of
Natural Sciences

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Business School

Dean

Dean

Dean

Dean

Professor Jeff Magee

Professor Dermot Kelleher

Professor Tom Welton


(from January 2015)

Professor G. Anand
Anandalingam

ff Chemistry

ff Finance

ff Life

Sciences (including
biology, biochemistry
and biotechnology)
ff Mathematics
ff Physics
ff Centre for Environmental Policy

ff Innovation

Research income

Research income

163,184,000

69,965,000

ff Aeronautics
ff Bioengineering
ff Chemical

Engineering
ff Civil and Environmental
Engineering
ff Computing
ff Earth Science and Engineering
ff Electrical and Electronic
Engineering
ff Materials
ff Mechanical Engineering
ff School of Design Engineering

Research income
91,264,000

Number of staff

ff Institute

of Clinical
Sciences
ff Department of Medicine
ff National Heart and
Lung Institute
ff School of Public Health
ff Department of Surgery
and Cancer

and
Entrepreneurship
ff Management

Number of staff

Number of staff

Research income

4,560,000

Number of staff

2,504

1,274

230

Number of students

Number of students

Number of students

3,268

4,485

1,272

Cross-faculty centres
and institutes

ff Data

Science Institute
ff Energy Futures Lab
ff Grantham Institute Climate Change
and the Environment
ff Institute for Security Science
and Technology
ff Institute of Biomedical Engineering
ff Institute of Global Health Innovation
ff Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology
ff Laing ORourke Centre for Systems
Engineering and Innovation
ff Centre for Co-Curricular Studies
(science communication and languages)

Centres for
Doctoral Training

These centres offer a fresh approach to


doctoral study by recruiting cohorts of PhD
students each year. See pages 3637.

Helen, a BBSRC
PhD student, in our
plant growth facility.
This space can be used
to simulate a wide
variety of environments,
with different levels of
humidity, temperature
and light.

Staff and student


numbers on this
spread are full-time
equivalent (FTE)
numbers. All figures
relate to the academic
year 201314.

1,485

Number of students
6,215
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Master of Research (MRes)


What A research orientated route which
offers greater independence of learning and
increased specialisation for those intending
to undertake extensive research. It provides a
good foundation for doctoral study or a research
career in industry or in the public sector.

Masters study
Masters level study at Imperial is
designed to be challenging. It represents
a step change from undergraduate study,
and a readjustment back to education
for those coming from the world of work,
but you will get plenty of support from
the College to help you achieve your
potential and get the most out of
your experience.

your study
options

Master of Science (MSc)


What Provides in-depth
training in a specialist subject
as well as an opportunity to hone
your expertise and develop your
research and/or technical skills.
Combines taught material with
an element of independent
research, normally assessed
in the form of a substantial
dissertation or report.
Very flexible,
providing the foundation for
specialisation or diversification
into a different sector/industry.
Also often the route onto a
graduate programme or into
a more specialised role.

Alumni include:
ff Formula

1 aerodynamicist

ff Researcher/scientist
ff Antibiotic

pharmacist
banking analyst
ff Energy sector field engineer
ff Engineering consultant
ff Entrepreneur
ff Investment

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Further research either as


a research assistant or PhD student. Many of the
courses offered at Imperial are science based
and therefore lead to scientific positions.

Alumni include:

Career path

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Career path

ff Development

engineer
conservationist
ff Biomedical scientist
ff Research technician
ff Medical scientist
ff Marine

The MPH at Imperial helped me


secure a Public Health Doctor
post in South London before
finishing my course. It was hard
work but also a very supportive
environment to learn in.
Dr Mary Thompson completed
the Master of Public Health
(MPH) in 2008. She now works
as a Speciality Registrar and
Academic Clinical Fellow in
south west England.

From my first day at work


I found myself putting into
practice things I was taught
on my course.
Christina Drosou completed
an MSc in Soil Mechanics and
Engineering Seismology in 2012
before joining Mott MacDonald
as a Geotechnical Engineer/
Geo-seismic specialist.

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Master of Business
Administration (MBA)
What For people in a
demanding job who want to
accelerate or change their careers.
Offered within the Business School
as a one year full-time programme,
a two-year Executive MBA, and from
January 2015 the new Global MBA,
delivered online.
Career path

three or more years work experience.


The Imperial MBA is ideally suited
to those with a strong specialised
or technical background, now
seeking to progress into strategic
and leadership roles.

Alumni include:
ff Business

development manager
consultant
ff Project manager
ff Product strategy
ff Entrepreneur
ff Senior

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Master of Education (MEd)

What Combines taught material with


a compulsory dissertation and placement as
a public health professional. Includes a specialist
stream in Global Health for students who want to
understand the health, economic, political, social
and biomedical challenges and innovations
associated with poor health worldwide.

What Founded in research


but also includes taught material
and a compulsory dissertation.
At Imperial, the MEd is offered in
Surgical Education and University
Learning and Teaching.

Career path

Public health practice

and related fields.

Alumni include:
ff Medical

educator
ff Public health specialist
ff Environmental health officer
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Career path

Progression in
an established career in the field.

Alumni include:
ff Surgical

Applying for
Masters study

Requires prior

registrar
anaesthetist

I chose Imperial College Business School because


of the consistently high rankings, and the focus
on innovation and entrepreneurship. This strong
focus gives a real boost to those who want to create
and build new businesses and realise ideas.
Alumnus Bruce Hellman (MBA 2011) won first
prize at the Cisco British Innovation Gateway
awards for his prototype mobile phone and
web application uMotif, designed to improve
the wellbeing of healthy people and those living
with diseases such as diabetes and Parkinsons.

Postgraduate
Certificates (PG Cert)
and Diplomas (PG Dip)
What Part-time courses
which can be taken as stand-alone
programmes or, in some cases, used
to build towards an MSc. A PG Cert
has a credit value of at least 30 ECTS
and typically involves nine months
part time study. A PG Dip is similar
but typically lasts two years part-time
and therefore has a credit value
of at least 60 ECTS.

ff Consultant
ff Doctor
ff Medical

researcher

Check our AZ course list on pages


9699 to see where these are available.

You can find an AZ list of all of our Masters


courses on pages 9699. Be aware that this
list may change during the year so you should
always check our website for the most up-to-date
options: www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus
Most Masters courses have a core of
compulsory subjects plus a range of optional
modules. You should make sure that the
curriculum matches what youre looking for
and what you hope to get out of the course,
particularly if youre looking to increase your
professional expertise in a particular area.
You can usually find this detail online or
by contacting the Course Director.
Masters programmes at Imperial normally start
on the Saturday closest to the start of October.
Most courses dont have a formal closing date
for applications, but popular courses close when
they are full, so you should apply as early as
possible to avoid disappointment.
You should also be aware of funding deadlines,
particularly if you are planning to apply for any
College awards (see pages 9293).
You can apply for up to two programmes on
the application form. Your first choice will be
processed first. Your second choice will only
be considered if your application for your first
choice is unsuccessful. For more information
about how to apply to Imperial using our online
application system see pages 8687.
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the masters
experience

Training and support

Your course director, personal tutor


(for larger courses) and lecturers
are the first point of contact for
help and support in your studies.
They can, for example, set up
additional study opportunities, such
as extra reading, teaching or online
study. We also encourage you to
take advantage of any training
opportunities, like the Graduate
Schools MasterClass programme.
These courses are specifically
designed to develop the personal
and professional skills of Masters
level students (see page 40). The
Library also offers one-to-one or
group training sessions to develop
your search skills (see page 62).

Study intensity

Masters level study is a progression from


undergraduate work and is usually more
specialised, interdisciplinary, or orientated to
a specific profession. It is also more intellectually
demanding and challenging than undergraduate
study. The pace of lecturing is likely to be
significantly faster; you will be expected to
undertake more directed background reading
during the course; and you will be expected
to arrive at solutions for yourself.
Most of our Masters degrees are available
on a full-time basis and normally last12 months
with little break. This requires a commitment to
a sustained period of intensive work right from the
start. There are also some two and three year parttime programmes (see pages 9699 for details).
Most postgraduate students feel under time
pressure at some point. This is normal and is
a reflection of the intensity and amount of work
to undertake. The Graduate Students Union
and the Graduate School organise lots of events
throughout the year to help you maintain
a good worklife balance.

1
2

Research project

Teaching style

Masters level study involves learning new


technical skills, and requires you to think about
concepts and methods more critically and more
deeply. You will still attend lectures, seminars
and labs (if appropriate to your subject). However
you will be expected to spend much of your time
working independently or in groups, and group
work may form part of your assessment.
Your lecturers will teach on the programme; give
you reading lists; make support materials available;
set practicals, formal and less formal assessments;
offer research projects (although for some courses
you may be expected to develop ideas about these
yourself); and give you feedback on your progress in
various ways. You need to take these opportunities
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We place great emphasis on the integration


of our Masters level courses with our world class
research portfolio. Your degree will normally
include a significant piece of research that
will be submitted as a report or dissertation.
You may also undergo a viva (oral examination)
on your work. MRes students may undertake
more than one project, with this component
accounting for more than 50 per cent of
the final degree award.
The quality of your own understanding, thinking
and initiative are very important in the research
project. You will pose questions and seek answers
by using and applying techniques and research
skills, analysing data and reviewing literature.

1 MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering students


have developed a device to demonstrate how
people living with quadriplegia could compete
with able-bodied people in clay pigeon shooting.
2 Anna-Margarita Papadakes, who graduated with
an MSc in Management in 2012, now works
as a brand consultant at Google.
3 MSc Science Media Production students Paul
and Dominic at the student radio station, IC Radio.

On most programmes there is a period of several


months with little scheduled teaching when
the bulk of the research project is carried out,
requiring you to plan your time effectively.
Your project will normally be supervised by
an academic member of staff. However, they may
delegate some of the day-to-day supervision to
a member of their team, such as a PhD student,
who can give you more practical advice.

Every department has a staff


student committee, where elected
representatives from the student
body input into the teaching that
takes place within the department.
We also have a College-wide support
network to look after your general
wellbeing (see pages 6466).
All new postgraduate students
are invited to attend Welcome Week
at the start of their first term. This
includes a programme of activities,
talks and events for postgraduates
to introduce you to College life,
current students and staff.

Doing paid work while


you are studying

Our degrees are very demanding


so we recommend that full-time
students do not take up part-time
work during term-time. If this is
unavoidable we advise you to
work no more than 1015 hours
per week, which should be
principally at weekends.
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your study
options

Doctoral study
As a Doctoral student, you will be
embarking on one of the most intensive
study experiences of your academic career
so far. Our Masters courses are excellent
preparation for doctoral study, which
gives you the chance to focus in depth
on a particular area of interest.

PhD

As a Doctoral student it is normal


to spend a lot of time working
alone, since the precise topic of
your thesis is unique to you. But
we work hard to make sure there
is support for you to draw on at
every point, from team-based
training provided by the Graduate
School to a College-wide network
of professional support services
to help you meet the challenges
along the way.
Doing a PhD is completely different from
doing a BSc. You are required to work alone,
come up with ideas and be motivated and
organised without necessarily having
someone telling you what to do. You dont
have one text book that you have to study
from in order to do well at the exams. You
have to think on your own about what steps
are needed to find the solution to a problem
that has not been encountered before.
Dr Androula Alekou completed her PhD
in High Energy Physics in 2012 and worked
as a fellow at CERN in Switzerland.

What This is the most common kind of doctoral


programme. Normally it takes three years full-time
to complete, the majority of which is spent carrying
out original research.
Career path

Extremely diverse, both within and


outside academia. Often followed by further research
as a post-doctoral researcher within a university.
Types of PhD

The majority of Imperials PhD students attend


the College on a full-time basis. However, some
choose to attend part-time, involving one to three
days of study per week.
Other different kinds of PhD are also available:

Joint PhDs
Our Joint PhD scheme gives you the chance to draw
on the research facilities and expertise available at
Imperial and one of our partner universities overseas.
We currently have opportunities with: the University
of Hong Kong (HKU); Nanyang Technological University
(NTU); the National University of Singapore (NUS);
and, in the field of aeronautics, the University of So
Paulo in Brazil. Joint PhD students will divide their time
between Imperial and the partner institution, with
a supervisor from each university. The final degree
is awarded jointly by both institutions.

Partner Research Institution Scheme (PRI)


So much data
is generated by
experiments atthe
Large Hadron Collider
at CERN in Geneva
that CERN has
chosen to spread
the workload to
computing centres
and researchers
around the world,
including at Imperial.

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If you work in a public research institution, industrial


research laboratory or at another university then you
may be able to register for a PhD at Imperial but carry
out the research where you work, under our partner
research institution (PRI) scheme.
You should expect to spend at least two months
per year at the College and the qualification is awarded
by Imperial only. One of our major PRI schemes is
with Singapores Agency for Science, Technology
and Research (A*STAR), which involves two years
of study in Singapore and two years in London.

The experimental rooftop garden at Eastside


hall of residence was created in April 2014.
The team are carrying out research to test the
effectiveness of green roofs in terms of reducing
temperature and managing rain water runoff.

EngD
What A four-year research
degree of similar standing to a PhD.
Most of your time (5075 per cent
depending on the project) is
usually spent on an industrial
placement, undertaking research
on behalf of your host company.
You also spend around nine
months taking advanced technical
and managerial courses.

MD(Res)
What Aimed at clinicians.
Often shorter and more focused
on clinical research than a PhD.
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This PhD student in the
Department of Medicine is
studying multiple sclerosis
(MS) and how problems
with the immune system
affect the brain and spinal
cord. She is analysing the
behaviour and movement
of rats that provide a
model of the disease.

Applying
for doctoral
study
The process of searching and
applying for funding and preparing
a research application can be a long
one so give yourself plenty of time
to do a good job ideally at least
a year before you intend to start
your studies.
One of the most common types
of PhD study at Imperial is via
studentships. These are externally
funded projects in defined areas of
research, which come with a named
supervisor (who has secured the
funding) in a particular department,
centre or institute.

Find current studentship


opportunities:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
employment/
phdstudentships

Before applying for one of these


opportunities, you should:
ff Do

your homework: find out more about


the research project by reading journal
articles published by the supervisor
and members of the research group.
ff Contact the supervisor directly
for more information about the
research project and to find out whats
expected of potential candidates.
ff Prepare a research proposal
(see right) with the supervisor
and be prepared to take their
comments on board.
Its important to gain support for
your application from the supervisor
before making a formal application
to the College. See pages 8687 for
more information on how to apply.

Find out more about PhDs


at Imperial:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
registry/researchdegrees/
usefulinformation

While studentships usually have a fixed


application deadline, many of our departments
also welcome applications all year round from
suitably qualified candidates:
Find out which research groups are working in your
area of interest remember, many of Imperials
centres and institutes span multiple subject areas.
ff Read the research profiles of our staff online
to identify potential supervisors and make sure
that their expertise fits with your ideas.
ff Contact the potential supervisor directly to
discuss your idea. Theyll want to know more
about you too, as theyre investing in you as
much as your idea, so its appropriate to also
send a copy of your CV/resum.
ff If the supervisor is interested in working with
you, youll need to formalise your idea as
a research proposal (see below).
ff If the supervisor agrees to support your
application they may be able to help you
source funding. You can also use sites like
www.researchresearch.com to identify current
funding opportunities (this is a subscription
site if youre currently at university, you should
check whether your institution has a site licence,
which will allow you to search for free from
computers on the university network).
ff

writing a research proposal

Your research proposal should define a clear


research question and you should be prepared
to explain how this contributes to and develops
(or challenges) any existing theories in the field.

My PhD was about optimisation and hard/software


architectures and when I graduated I joined a start-up
as the Chief Architect, investigating and fighting internet
advertising fraud. During my doctorate I really honed
my research skills, but I also learnt to be a self-starter.
That combination of research excellence and having the
ability to make things happen has been put to good use in
the battle against the ever-changing world of online fraud!
Dr Ashley Brown (above right), PhD Computing Research
2009, whose online fraud-busting start-up, spider.io,
was recently acquired by Google
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Its important to tailor your proposal to the


department youre applying to. Different departments
may also have different format requirements
(e.g. word limit, content) so its important to discuss
these with your potential supervisor in advance.
For more general advice on how to write
a good proposal, see:
www.findaphd.com/advice/finding/
writing-phd-research-proposal.aspx
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experience

Planning your time

If youre studying full-time you should aim to


complete your PhD in 36 months and submit your
thesis for examination no later than 48 months
from the date of initial registration. To stay on
track, you must complete your research plan within
the first three months in consultation with your
supervisor, whom you will meet regularly.

Our research approach

We place a lot of importance on


interdisciplinary working and the
need to establish peer groups across
subject boundaries. The Graduate
School and your department
can help with this by organising
development activities that bring
together students from across the
College for knowledge sharing.

In the early stage (09 months), you will undertake


an assessment which involves the submission of
a written report and an oral examination on the
report. The Graduate School provides training in
key skills such as presenting, statistics, writing and
personal effectiveness that will help you prepare.

Were a global university with many


international partners. There will
be opportunities for you to develop
global research skills via our
international summer schools which
provide opportunities to collaborate
with peers from partner institutions,
including the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT) (see page 41).

In the mid-stage (918 months), you will continue


with your programme of research and should take
the opportunity to undertake further professional
skills training in advanced writing and presenting,
career planning, and maintaining motivation and
independence. Around the end of your second year,
you will undertake a late stage assessment (1824
months), conducted by your department, which will
test whether you have a realistic research plan in
place for successfully completing the programme.
1

Throughout the programme, you will take a full


part in academic life, attending seminars and
presenting your research both within the College
and at national and international conferences.

Your thesis

Teaching opportunities

The main activity of any


research programme will be
to carry out an original research
project under the direction
of one or more supervisors,
to be written up as a thesis.

Many PhD students across


the College are involved with
the teaching, supervision and
assessment of both undergraduate
and Masters students.
Working as a Graduate Teaching
Assistant (GTA) provides you
with an opportunity to broaden
your experience, and develop
further skills such as writing and
communicating convey complex
technical concepts.

Your supervisor will read your


thesis thoroughly and make
constructive comments on both
style and intellectual content
before you submit it.
Your thesis will be examined
by a minimum of two examiners:
one from within the College and
one from academia, industry or
another profession. You will also
be invited to defend your work
in a viva (oral examination)
with examiners.

Acting as a GTA can help improve


your own technical abilities
(both theoretical and practical).
It also enables you to broaden
your knowledge base and
gain communication and task
management experience.

The Graduate School will support


you throughout your programme
of study by providing training
in thesis writing and preparing
for the viva. The Careers Service
also offers lots of practical
support, from searching for jobs
to preparing for interviews.

The Graduate School and the


Colleges Educational Development
Unit have worked together to
develop a new graduate teaching
assistant training programme
(STAR). STAR provides PhD students
with the chanceto obtain Associate
Fellowship of the Higher Education
Academy a qualification that is
increasingly sought by employers
across the education sector.

Centres for
Doctoral Training

1 A student working
at the Wolfson
Neuroscience
Laboratories at
our Hammersmith
Campus
2 PhD student
Michael Merlin
investigating
a power inverter
in the Maurice
Hancock Smart
Energy Laboratory

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Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT)


represent a fresh approach to
doctoral study, delivering fouryear, cohort-based programmes,
which aim to smooth the transition
between undergraduate study and
the challenge of a PhD. Imperial
is home to 12 Engineering and
Physical Sciences Research
Council-funded CDTs that bring
together diverse areas of expertise.
See page 37 for details.
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TRAINING
21st century
graduates
centres for
doctoral training

We want to train our postgraduates


to tackle societys big challenges in a way
that draws on the talent and imagination
housed across the College. One way
in which we do this is through our
government-funded Centres for Doctoral
Training (CDTs), which recruit cohorts
of PhD students each year. Mirroring
the increasingly collaborative nature
of modern science by bringing together
experts from across a broad spectrum,
they offer postgraduate training, reworked
for the 21st century and Imperial is
leading the way, with more CDTs than
anywhere else in the UK.

12
Imperial is home to 12 of the UKs
113 Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council-funded CDTs

1+3
Each CDT offers a limited number of
funded 1 + 3 studentships a one-year
MRes or MSc, followed by a three-year PhD

PhD student Giuseppe Scatigno


using the FIB-SIMS equipment in the
Department of Materials to carry out
micromachining and elemental analysis.

Find out more about CDTs:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
centresfordoctoraltraining

Our 12 EPSRC-funded
Centres for Doctoral Training
Advanced
Characterisation
of Materials
Director: Dr David McPhail
Controlled
Quantum Dynamics
Director: Professor
Myungshik Kim
Fluid Dynamics
across Scales
Director: Professor
Christos Vassilicos
High Performance
and Embedded
Distributed Systems
Director: Professor
Wayne Luk
Mathematics
of Planet Earth
Director: Professor
Dan Crisan
Neurotechnology
for Life and Health
Director: Dr Simon Schultz

Nuclear Energy
Director: Professor Bill Lee
Physical Sciences
Innovation in Chemical
Biology for Bioindustry
and Healthcare
Director: Dr Oscar Ces
Plastic Electronic
Materials
Director: Dr Paul
Nicholas Stavrinou
QUANTITATIVE nondestructive evaluation*
Director: Professor
Peter Cawley
Sustainable
Civil Engineering
Director: Professor
Christopher Cheeseman
Theory and Simulation
of Materials
Director: Professor
Peter Haynes

We are also home to Doctoral Training


Partnerships (DTPs), funded by other government
research councils and charitable organisations,
like the Wellcome Trust.
*Industrial
IndustrialDoctorate
DoctorateCentre
Centrethis
thisis
isan
anindustry-orientated
industry-orientated variant
*
of the CDT
model,
involving
a four-year
EngD project
instead
variant
of the
CDT model,
involving
a four-year
EngD project,
of a 1 +supervised
3. For morebyinformation
about
an EngD
jointly
a company
see page
31. see page xx.

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imperial
Microbiology
PhD student Regina
Gnster, pictured here in the MRC Centre
for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection
on our South Kensington Campus,
is an Imperial College PhD Scholarship
recipient see page 92 for more details
about these scholarships.

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Professional
skills development
Studying at Imperial is
a challenging experience
and thats what makes it
one of the best. You will work
alongside experts in your
subject field; you will also
receive comprehensive training
to develop your study and
research skills and prepare
you for your future career.

The Graduate School


All postgraduate students are automatically
members of the Graduate School. It is a fundamental
part of our support network that is designed to enrich
your postgraduate experience at Imperial.
The Graduate Schools Professional Development
Programme (see above) includes a range of
MasterClass courses that are designed specifically
to develop the personal and professional skills
of Masters level students.
We also offer a tailored programme for research
students, one of the highlights of which is the
Research Skills Development (RSD) course, a threeday residential programme, that is designed to
enhance the personal and research effectiveness
of our first and second years through a combination
of seminars and outdoor activities.
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Teaching
opportunities

Professional development
programme

The Graduate School delivers a variety


of training courses for postgraduate
students. Our courses cover a wide range
of professional development topics such
as networking, interview skills, note taking,
preparing and writing a literature review,
presenting skills, and project management.
The courses vary from one-hour lectures
to three-day interactive workshops.
We also offer online courses and a number
of academic and social events during the
year, aimed at broadening your knowledge
as you network and share your research
with students from across the College.

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
graduateschool

Volunteering and mentoring

We recognise the valuable role our


postgraduates play in inspiring the next
generation of scientists. Thats why we
run and collaborate in a number of flexible
volunteering and mentoring schemes that
you can take part in alongside your studies,
from peer-tutoring in local schools to an
e-mentoring scheme for Year 12 students.

Our INSPIRE teaching


programme combines teacher
training in partner schools
in and around London with
a series of outreach activities
to bring science to life. This
full-time, nine-and-a-half month
Postgraduate Certificate in
Education (PGCE) is targeted
at postgraduates from a physics,
chemistry or engineering
background.

In addition, Imperial College Union and


our dedicated volunteering organisation
Imperial Hub co-ordinate a huge range of
projects. Many activities can be accredited
through our Imperial Plus scheme as
a way of formally recognising the skills
and experience youve gained.

Many departments offer


teaching opportunities for
students who are considering
an academic career but dont
want the commitment of a PGCE.
Dont worry if you havent got any
previous teaching experience as
we provide training to help you
get the most out of your role.
We also offer a new graduate
teaching assistant training
programme (STAR) for
students who want to gain a
nationally-recognised teaching
qualification (see page 35).

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
outreach

An INSPIRE student
bringing science to
life in the classroom

global phd Summer Schools

The Graduate School works with the


International Office to coordinate several
international summer schools for PhD
students. These offer you the valuable
opportunity of working in some of the worlds
leading research universities, such as the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Extra-curricular classes

Our Centre for Co-Curricular Studies offers


evening classes in Arabic, French, German,
Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin
Chinese, Portuguese, Russianand Spanish
at various levels. There are also classes
in creative writing, music technology,
opera appreciation, science fiction, and
introductions to film and art. The Blyth
Music Centre offers lessons in piano, violin
and singing for students at all levels.
(NB: a charge applies for classes.)
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Careers support and advice


A postgraduate degree from
Imperial will provide you with
an excellent foundation for your
future and the Careers Service
is here to help you prepare for it.

Through our industry sector forums, seven annual


careers fairs and extensive programme of company
presentations, you will have access to hundreds
of potential employers on campus. Employers
also play an active part in our career development
programme, delivering careers lectures and
weekly skills workshops.

Professional
careers guidance

The Careers Service offers a free


professional service from the day you
arrive, to help you with your career plans
and to maximise your opportunities for
meeting potential employers.
All postgraduate students have access
to a wide range of services, from one-toone consultations with a trained careers
consultant to daily skills seminars that
are tailored to meet the different stages
of the recruitment cycle as they happen.
We also offer a free CV checking service.
And dont panic if your career plans change
after you leave the College you can
continue to use our services for up to
three years after graduation.

Careers resources

The Careers Information Room is an excellent


starting point for researching your career, with
a team of information staff on hand to help you.
We also maintain an extensive collection
of resources on the Careers Service website,
including psychometric practice tests,
downloadable careers talks, online careers
libraries, and useful tips and videos covering
every aspect of the recruitment process.
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Employer events on campus

The quality of our graduates and our central


London location make Imperial one of the most
targeted UK universities by graduate employers.
We organise a year-round programme of employer
events where you can learn more about different
professions, hone your skills for interviews
and assessment centres, and meet leading
recruiters face to face.

In addition, we organise drop-in recruiter-inresidence sessions throughout the year where you
can meet employers on a one-to-one basis, and
mock interview sessions delivered by representatives
from a wide range of graduate employers.

32,380
Average annual starting salary of graduates
with an Imperial postgraduate degree
DLHE survey, 2013

Career development
for PhD students

We run a tailored programme


of career development activities
for PhD students. This includes
a series of workshops and skills
seminars, PhD and career sector
forums, a careers fair for PhD
students, employer-led workshops,
and business activities to develop
your commercial awareness.

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/careers

Jobs, internships and placements

We publish around 4,000 vacancies a year


for full- and part-time jobs, placements, and
internships through our online vacancy service,
JobsLive. This system also:
ff sends

job matches direct to your inbox


you upload your CV for employers to view
ff contains a searchable employer directory
with over 7,000 registered employers
ff lets

If you need help finding an internship then you


can contact our Placement and Internship Unit
for advice. Our Charity Insights initiative gives
PhD students the chance to apply for a bursary
to complete a four-week internship with a
charity or statutory body.
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about imperial

what do imperial graduates do?


The answer is: just about anything!
The quality of an Imperial degree is
recognised worldwide, and the skills you
will gain, both personal and professional,
are transferable across many industries.
The graphs on these pages give a snapshot
of the destinations of our 2013 graduates
with a postgraduate degree, confirming
the portability of your qualification
across different industries.

89.6%
Imperial graduates with a postgraduate
degree who went on to further study or
employment within six months of graduating

business school
Masters students
24%
Other industries (including
accountancy, technical
consultancy and R&D)

27%
Other industries (including
technical consultancy
and R&D, NGOs, charities
and professional bodies)

42%
Education
(mostly research
assistants,
associates,
post-docs
and assistant
professors)

33%
Banking
and finance

5%
Manufacture

12%
Business and
management
consultancy
14%
IT and
communications

DLHE survey, 2013

Faculty of medicine
Masters students

Faculty of Engineering
Masters students

12%
Business
activities
(including
marketing,
law and
HR)

Faculty of medicine
research students
18%
Other industries (including
manufacturing, and technical
consultancy and R&D)

21%
Other industries (including
banking and finance, utilities,
and transport and education)

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28%
Technical
consultancy
and R&D

5%
Business
activities
(including
marketing,
law and HR)

11%
Technical
consultancy
and R&D
14%
IT and
communications

5%
Manufacture

Faculty of natural sciences


Masters students
46%
Education
(mostly
research
assistants,
associates,
post-docs
and assistant
professors)

24%
Other industries (including oil
and mining, banking and finance,
public administration, and defence)

47%
Education
(mostly research
assistants,
associates,
post-docs
and assistant
professors)

23%
Oil and
mining

9%
Manufacture

18%
Education
(mostly research
assistants, postdocs, associates,
and assistant
professors)

36%
Healthcare
30%
Other industries (including
business and healthcare)

13%
IT and
communications

Faculty of natural sciences


research students

15%
Technical consultancy and R&D

8%
Banking
and finance

31%
Healthcare

Faculty of Engineering
research students

21%
Others (NGOs, charities,
and professional bodies)

8%
Business
activities
(including
marketing,
law and HR)

31%
Other (including technical
consultancy and R&D, and
banking and finance)

53%
Education (mostly
research assistants,
associates, postdocs and assistant
professors)

16%
Technical
consultancy
and R&D
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about imperial
1 The Control Room in the Department of
Chemical Engineerings Carbon Capture
Pilot Plant, which is sponsored by ABB,
is built to the highest industry standards.
2 The advisory board of Imperials Plastic
Electronics CDT (see pages 3637)
includes several industrial representatives
such as BASF, DuPont and Cambridge
Display Technology, who offer advice
to help shape the programme.

Career connections
Imperials central London
location makes it easy for you
to engage with employers and
develop a valuable network
of professional contacts.

Networking

In London youll have every


opportunity to make professional
connections that could be invaluable
in the future. You will be ideally
placed to attend interviews, visit
companies and build a network of
useful business contacts at events
and company presentations.
Many professional societies
have their headquarters in London
including the British Medical
Association, the Royal Society, and
the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Its worth keeping your eye out
for public events run by these
organisations, such as lectures,
which are an opportunity to meet
prospective employers.

Global job market

Over 100 of Europes 500 largest


companies are headquartered
in central London, setting you at
the heart of a global job market.
This is reflected in the global
employers who regularly attend
events on campus, specifically
to recruit our students, and who
are popular employers of our
graduates, including:
ff ABB
ff BASF
ff Bloomberg
ff BP
ff GlaxoSmithKline

(GSK)

ff Google
ff Jaguar

Land Rover

ff LOral

Our Graduate School runs a training


course to help you maximise these
opportunities, equipping you with
the confidence and tools to network
effectively (see page 40).
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ff McKinsey

& Company

ff Rolls-Royce
ff Schlumberger
ff Teach

First

ff Unilever

75%

of Fortune 500
companies have
London offices

Work ready graduates

We work closely with employers to make


sure that our Masters degrees meet
the needs of employers. In particular,
we invite employers to sit on departmental
Industrial Advisory Panels to design
Masters courses that incorporate the
technical knowledge, expertise and
transferable skills that they are looking
for in their new recruits.
We also build career-orientated
activities into your degree to support
your professional development and
maximise the chances for you to interact
with potential employers.

INDUSTRY connections

The strength and number of our links


with industry, plus the concentration
of businesses in London, mean that
many of our Masters level courses offer
an opportunity to carry out a research
project in conjunction with industry.
This gives you the chance to apply your
research skills in a commercial setting.
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about imperial

celebrate

in style
What better way to celebrate your hard work
and achievement than to graduate in one
of the worlds finest concert halls?

The magnificent setting of the Royal Albert Hall


matches the pride and sense of accomplishment
our graduates feel as they mark the end
of their time at Imperial in style.

2,738
Imperial postgraduate
students graduated in the
Royal Albert Hall in May 2014

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about imperial

Alumni benefits

We have a dedicated Alumni


Office whose job is to make it
easy for you to keep in touch
with the College and with
your fellow alumni, wherever
they may be in the world.
The benefits include:

A lifelong relationship
Your relationship with the College
does not end when you graduate.
As an Imperial alumnus you will join
a community of over 170,000 former
students in 192 countries.

Its a community that includes prestigious


prize winners, inventors, business leaders,
scientists, engineers, doctors, journalists,
technologists and entrepreneurs united in
their shared experience of studying in London
at one of the best universities in the world.

A Global network

Becoming an Imperial alumnus opens up


fantastic opportunities for you to develop
a global network of professional contacts.

1
2

We have more than 60 alumni groups


and associations worldwide, bringing
together talented people for exclusive
networking activities ranging from dinners
and adventure trips to lectures and guest
speaker events.

alumnus
/lumnss/ noun
(pl. alumni /lumn/)

The word alumnus comes from the Latin term


alere, which means nourish. For our former
students (our alumni), this means having
access to continued support from the College
wherever life after your studies takes you.

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Some alumni groups use their get-togethers


as an opportunity to interact with current
and prospective students. For example,
students from Hong Kong can expect
a warm welcome on their return from
the Imperial College Alumni Association
of Hong Kong, which hosts an annual
reception for newly graduated students.
The College also organises a rolling
programme of alumni receptions across
the world and an annual Alumni Reunion
during the Imperial Festival at our
South Kensington Campus.

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/alumni

Imperial magazine
and news updates
ff Invitations to events
around the world
ff Alumni email address
ff Exclusive access to an alumni
lounge and meeting space
ff Discounts on evening classes,
gym membership and more
ff Use of our Central Library
ff

Alumni can keep connected


with each other and keep
up-to-date with the latest
developments from College
through dedicated pages on
LinkedIn and Facebook.

professional support

Not only is Imperial one of


the best possible places to
start your career or take it
further you can also continue
to receive support from our
Careers Service for up to
three years after you graduate
to help you maximise your
employability, including
one-to-one careers guidance
from our professional advisors,
and access to our online vacancy
service and careers events.

1 Alumni reunion in Singapore, July 2014


2 Our Alumni Visitor Centre in
South Kensington
3 A catch-up with old friends at the
Alumni Reunion, part of our annual
Imperial Festival in May

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about imperial

87m
Height of the Queens
Tower formerly part
of the Imperial Institute,
which was built to mark
Queen Victorias Golden
Jubilee in 1887

the heart of

college
life

The soaring presence of the Queens


Tower at our South Kensington Campus
is a reminder of the Colleges history
and heritage.
For our students, it plays a much
more everyday role as a place to meet,
to catch up with friends and to soak up
the sun on the steps, flanked by the
two stone lions that stand guard
at its base.

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our campuses

Our campuses
From our South Kensington base
where the College was founded in
1907, Imperials expertise now spreads
across nine campuses. Each campus
brings together students and staff
from around the globe, whose original
work may one day go on to change
the world. Find out more about
where it all starts to take shape!

campuses eight in
London and one in
Berkshire. See map
on page 110.
The facilities you can find at
our South Kensington Campus
include:
ff Library,

Our neighbourhood

South Kensington
campus

South Kensington is our main campus


and it is here that most postgraduate
activity takes place.
Its a compact site in the heart of
Albertopolis (see pages 5657) and
it has witnessed much expansion over
the years noticeable in the huge
range of architectural styles youll see
across campus, from the Edwardian
Royal School of Mines building to
the ultra-modern, Norman Fosterdesigned Business School.
Theres plenty of green space too,
including a beautiful landscaped
square and our very own secret garden
with a space dedicated to herbs, fruit
trees, flowers and vegetables planted
by our Environmental Society.

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Our campus is surrounded by some


of Londons most famous cultural
treasures. Just a five-minute walk
will take you to the door of three
of the citys finest museums: the
Science Museum, the Natural History
Museum and the Victoria & Albert
Museum. Our students union,
meanwhile, sits in the shadow of
the magnificent Royal Albert Hall.
Its prime sightseeing land,
so you may find yourself rubbing
shoulders with tourists on Exhibition
Road on the approach to campus,
though you have the advantage of
being able to visit these attractions
at your leisure. The busyness
of the area and its beautifully
maintained surroundings also
make it feel really safe.

The Colleges main


entrance opens onto
Exhibition Road,
a Victorian thoroughfare
which is home to some
of Londons finest
cultural institutions.

with year-round
24-hour opening
ff Ethos sports centre, with free
gym and swimming facilities
ff Imperial College Union,
including the postgraduate
arm, the Graduate
Students Union
ff Student Hub a one-stop
shop for all key student
services, including the
accommodation team
ff Catering outlets, including
two dedicated social spaces
for postgraduate students
and staff
ff Health Centre and
Dental Surgery
ff Disability Advisory Service
ff Early Years Education Centre,
caring for children aged six
months to five years

Find out how you can explore our South


Kensington Campus, in person or online:

www.imperial.ac.uk/visit

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live, learn,
be inspired and
entertained all
in one place...
Imperial and its neighbours form
the beating heart of Albertopolis,
the realisation of Prince Alberts
vision for an area where science
and the arts would come together.
More than 100 years of history have
done nothing to diminish this legacy:
today engineering meets design in
our double Masters degrees with the
Royal College of Art; taxonomy meets
biodiversity in our joint Masters
course with the Natural History
Museum; and all of our students
see their time at Imperial come to a
spectacular close with graduation
ceremonies at the Royal Albert Hall.

explore the future


of design...
at the annual graduate
show for our two unique
double Masters degrees in
engineering design, run jointly
with the Royal College of Art.
Past projects include
a pop-up micro factory and
an eye-tracking camera.
6 mins

Walking time (minutes)


from the Queens Tower

 Discover Imperial and this beautiful


area of South Kensington through
360 photos, video tours and slideshows:

FREE
soak up the sunshine...
in Hyde Park and Kensington
Gardens, two of the citys eight
Royal Parks. The former regularly
hosts major live music and
sporting events while the latter
is home to the Serpentine
Gallery, displaying modern
and contemporary art.

www.imperial.ac.uk/interactivemap

7 mins

enjoy performances...
by some of the worlds finest
artists in the stunning Royal
Albert Hall, where all Imperial
students also graduate. The Proms
is one of the highlights in the
calendar with standing places
available for as little as 5.

feed your spirit


of adventure...
at events at the
Royal Geographical
Society.
4 mins

learn German...
from scratch or
build on existing
skills in classes
at the GoetheInstitut.
3 mins

5 mins

FREE

FREE
explore SCIENCE THROUGH THE AGES...
in the Science Museum, with the original
model of DNA and the Apollo 10 command
module among the displays.
3 mins

take a ballet class...


at the English National
Ballet, catering for all
levels, with concessions
available for students.
5 mins

ENTER THE WORLD


OF MUSIC...
through the Royal
College of Musics
event series.
4 mins

Queens Tower
The heart of our
South Kensington
Campus

enjoy art spanning 3,000 years


of history...
in the worlds largest museum
of decorative arts and design, the
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).
4 mins

FREE
SEE Natural History COME TO LIFE...
in the award-winning Natural History Museum,
home to around 70 million specimens,
including some collected by Darwin.
4 mins

our campuses

1 Beit Quad, home of Imperial College Union


2 Study floor in the Central Library
3 Visitors at the annual Imperial Festival,
which celebrates the best of science
and arts on offer from Imperial staff
and students (see pages 1011).
The Festival attracts over 12,000 people
to our South Kensington Campus.

1
2

4 The Senior Common Room,


a social and eating space
exclusively for postgraduate
research students and staff
5 Royal School of Mines,
one of Imperials original
constituent Colleges
6 Imperial College Business
School caf and meeting space
7 The Faculty Building in
Dalby Court
8 Stone lions at the base
of the Queens Tower

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our campuses

Medical
campuses
Medical teaching and research takes place
across Imperials six medical campuses.
Each campus is based around a hospital with
excellent transport links to and from our main
campus in South Kensington. Most of our
students are based at one of the following:
ff Charing

Cross Campus, Hammersmith


Campus, East Acton
ff Royal Brompton Campus, Chelsea
ff St Marys Campus, Paddington
ff Hammersmith

1
3

We have close research collaborations with


NHS staff based at Ealing, Hillingdon, Harefield,
West Middlesex and Ashford Hospitals, along
with mental health trusts and primary care
providers across North West London.
Our medical campuses are home to a
number of world-leading research facilities,
which support our work to find solutions to
some of the worlds biggest health problems,
like our new medical imaging facility at the
Hammersmith Campus, which is tackling
a range of research questions such as the
biological basis of dementia. There are also
medical libraries at five of our campuses,
which cover general medicine as well as a
wide range of specialisms (varies by campus).

1 St Marys Campus, Paddington


2 Imperial Centre for Translational
and Experimental Medicine,
Hammersmith Campus, East Acton
3 Erica Buckeridge, PhD student,
measuring forces on athletes
joints at the musculoskeletal
biodynamics lab at the Charing
Cross Campus, Hammersmith
4 Alumnus Stella Andronikou
(MSc Human Reproductive
Biology 2004), an embryologist
at Chelsea and Westminster
Hospital in Chelsea
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A small number of students are based


at the Chelsea and Westminster Campus
(Chelsea) and the North West London
Hospitals Campus (Northwick Park and
St Marks Hospitals in Harrow and Central
Middlesex Hospital in North Acton).

Three of our sites have fitness gyms and


there is a swimming pool at St Marys,
all of which are free for our students to use
(see pages 6869). The strong sporting
tradition at our medical campuses is reflected
in the number of sports teams for medical
students, 10 of which compete in our annual
varsity tournament against College teams.

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
silwoodparkcampus

Silwood Park,
Ascot
Postgraduate students of ecology, evolution
and conservation biology are based at our
Silwood Park Campus. This is located approximately
25 miles west of central London in the village
of Sunninghill, near Ascot in Berkshire.
About 150 academic and research staff and
160 full-time postgraduates work at Silwood,
which is set in a landscape of grassland,
marshland and woods, with its own lake.
The campuss facilities include ecological field
and laboratory facilities, lecture theatres, sports
facilities, halls of residence, a catering outlet
and a dedicated natural sciences library.
Silwood is a small and friendly campus
with a particularly strong postgraduate student
community. The campus Students Union and
committee within the halls of residence organise
a wide range of sports and social events
throughout the year, including Silfest,
an annual music festival.

Imperial West
launch: 2016
Imperial West is our new 25-acre
campus in White City. It will be a first
for London as a base for researchers,
businesses and healthcare to work
alongside each other, with the aim
of accelerating the translation of
our research into tangible social
and economic benefits.
Our nearby Hammersmith Campus
allows unique opportunities to
further the Colleges extensive
work in healthcare translation and
collaborations with the NHS.
Imperial West will house a range
of state-of-the-art facilities, the
centrepiece of which will be the
Research and Translation Hub with
space for 1,000 researchers and
50 spin-out companies.
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Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/library

Campus libraries

study
resources

There are smaller specialist


medical libraries at the Charing
Cross, Chelsea and Westminster,
Hammersmith, Royal Brompton
and St Marys campuses.
Each library has books relating
to general medicine, as well as
its own specialist collection,
covering areas such as:

As a postgraduate student
you will be expected to spend
much of your time working
independently. But that doesnt
mean toiling in isolation without
access to help.
Our study resources are set up
with you in mind to make sure
that you not only have access
to first class materials and
facilities you need to advance
in your studies, you also have
the support required to make
the most of them.

Free
document delivery service to help you
source books and articles from around
the UK and the rest of the world

84,000
electronic journals part of our extensive
e-resources collection including e-books
and databases, most of which can be
accessed on and off campus.
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ff Medical

ethics

ff Neuroscience
ff Psychiatry
ff AIDS
ff Emergency

medicine
surgery
ff Paediatrics
ff Radiology
ff Plastic

library services

The Central Library at South Kensington is the


primary home for our print collections and is open
24 hours a day almost all year round. The long
opening hours make it a popular place to study
with computers and wi-fi throughout the building;
silent, quiet and group study areas; bookable
rooms for project work and presentation practice;
and a caf serving food until late. You can borrow
up to 40 items at any one time with automatic
renewals to help you stay on top of your loans.

Training and support


Our library team are on hand to recommend
the best information resources, deliver one-to-one
or group training sessions to develop your
search skills, and provide advice and guidance
on publishing, copyright and plagiarism. We also
have subject librarians for every department to
provide tailored help and support with research
relevant to your subject area. Disabled students
can access dedicated services including
longer book loans, specialist software
and one-to-one sessions.

Silwood Park Campus has its own


life sciences library, specialising
in ecology, evolution, biodiversity,
conservation, plant and animal
biology, and entomology.

It support

Our Service Desk offers yearround support, advice and


information for students with
IT problems. We can help with
anything from accessing email to
using printers. Students can also
get free and discounted software
through our Software Shop.

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/ict

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our campuses

Supporting our students


We are focused on creating
an environment where our
postgraduate students can
reach their full potential.
So when it comes to your
health and wellbeing, we invest
in support at every level to take
you from strength to strength.

Departmental support

Every department has a comprehensive system of


academic and pastoral care in place to make sure that
you always have someone to turn to. This includes:
ff your

course director (taught students) or


academic supervisor (research students) who
will be your primary point of guidance and
support throughout your time here
ff a dedicated Postgraduate Tutor and Director
of Postgraduate Studies, who are responsible for
the overall smooth running of your departments
postgraduate teaching and research
ff a personal tutor (for Masters students on larger
courses) and members of your research group
in the case of research students
You have the power to make real changes to your
academic experience by providing feedback via
the representative for your course or department,
elected each year from amongst the student body.

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/helpme

College-wide support

The academic and pastoral support


provided by your department
is complemented by a network
of people and places that are
dedicated to supporting you:
ff College

Tutors who can offer


confidential advice to all students,
regardless of their subject
ff NHS Health Centre and Dental
Surgery at South Kensington;
students living outside the
Health Centres registration
area are advised to register
with a local GP Practice
ff Advice Centre in Imperial College
Union, for free and impartial
advice on topics including
housing, finance, employment
rights and legal matters

Counselling Service, for students who


need further professional support
on a one-to-one or group basis
ff Student Financial Support and
Tuition Fees teams for advice on
funding, fees and budgeting to help
you stay on top of your finances
ff Multi-faith Chaplaincy, with Chaplains
from many different religions to
support your spiritual and religious
life, as well as prayer rooms, and
information on places of worship
ff Occupational Health Service,
which runs health clearance for
certain courses and vaccinations
(if needed) to protect you during
your research or project work or if
your studies involve travel abroad
ff Nightline, a confidential support and
information service, run by student
volunteers through the night
ff

disability advice service

Student Hub
The Student Hub brings together all of our
key support services in one place on the South
Kensington Campus, including: accommodation,
admissions, exam arrangements, exchange
programmes, student finance and tuition fees,
student records, visas, and wellbeing.
Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/studenthub

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Disabled students and those with a


specific learning difficulty or enduring
health or mental health condition can
access free confidential advice and
support from our Disability Advice
Service. We encourage you to meet with
us in advance to discuss your needs.

Students with children

The Early Years Education Centre


provides 130 places at the South
Kensington Campus for children
aged six months to five years.
Part-time places are available.
You may also be able to access
financial help towards the costs.
Please note, a waiting list applies.
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our campuses

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
international

International
Student support

A warm welcome

More than half of Imperial


postgraduate students come from
outside the UK. This helps to create
a culturally rich student community,
enhanced by the sheer diversity
of nations represented amongst
our students currently 127.

To help you adjust quickly to


life in the UK and at Imperial,
we organise welcome events for
all new international students,
including an international welcome
reception where you can meet other
new international students and
find out about key College support
services and other useful contacts.

The International Student Support


team provide a range of dedicated
support services and activities to
make sure our international students
feel at home, including:

The College also subscribes to


a number of external organisations
that offer further support:
ff UKCISA

ff pre-arrival

newsletters to all
offer-holders to help them prepare
for the transition to Imperial life
ff cultural trips to places of interest
in London and around the UK
ff a dedicated network for
international PhD students bringing
their families with them to London
ff advice on a wide range of visa
and immigration issues as well
as regular visa workshops by our
trained advisors (see page 88)

(UK Council for International


Student Affairs), which offers online
information and telephone advice
ff International Students House
(ISH), which organises a variety
of social events, talks, and trips
within the UK and Europe for
students from a large number
of London institutions
ff HOST UK, through which you can
arrange to spend a weekend with
a British family in a part of the UK
that you would like to visit

2
1 Students
catching up in
one of our many
catering outlets
on campus
2 Alumni reception
in Hong Kong,
May 2013

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Elsa Sotiriadis is an International Joint PhD


candidate and scholarship recipient, who
divides her research between Imperials Centre
for Synthetic Biology and Innovation and the
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University
of Hong Kong. Her PhD focuses on the development
of a biotechnological screening system that will
aid in the discovery and evaluation of new,
more effective and affordable compounds
for cancer therapy and research.

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our campuses

facilities

Sport and fitness

South Kensington Campus


ff 25-metre swimming pool
ff Fitness gym, exercise studio

and climbing wall

We support all of our students to


enjoy an active lifestyle by providing
free access to gym and swimming
facilities across all of our campuses.
So whether youre a serious athlete
or youre simply looking to keep fit,
its easy to make sport part of your
downtime away from studying.
Ethos sport centre

Students based at our South


Kensington Campus have easy access
to state-of-the-art facilities in our
sports centre, Ethos. It played host
to some of the worlds top athletes
during the London 2012 Olympics
and Paralympics. You can follow
in their footsteps free of charge*
throughout your time here.
* A one-off fitness orientation fee
applies (35 in 201314) before you
can use our high-spec gym equipment.
Once completed you can use the gym
at any of our campuses for free (see right).

We have around 100 sports clubs,


welcoming beginners through to
semi-professionals. The range spans
both modern and traditional sports
as well as over 10 different martial
arts, including archery, badminton,
cricket, fencing, hockey, Judo, Kung
Fu, Muay Thai, mountaineering,
polo, riding, rowing, rugby, skating
and snowsports. Imperial College
Union contributes towards the cost
of our clubs to make it a little bit
cheaper to keep doing a sport you
love or to try something new.

sports scholarships

Our sports centre,


Ethos, is just across
the road from our South
Kensington Campus,
so is perfect for a quick
swim or workout.

ff Strength and conditioning facilities


ff Sauna, steam room and spa
ff Two squash and five badminton

Sports clubs

If you are aspiring to be, or already


are, competing at national or
international level you may be
eligible for a scholarship to help
you continue performing at the
highest level.

court sports hall

www.imperial.ac.uk/sports

ff Sports injury treatments


ff Caf and sports

merchandise outlet
Charing Cross Campus
ff Fitness gym

Health and fitness

Our Active Lifestyles team organise


a range of activities that prioritise
fun and fitness over competition to
make sure that sport is no barrier to
anyone who wants to stay in shape.
Fast classes in the gym, boot camps,
nutrition workshops, and a wellbeing
programme are just some of the
options available to motivate you.
You can also take part in a huge
range of dance and exercise classes,
take on a climbing challenge on our
9 metre climbing wall, or engage
a qualified personal trainer to put
you through your paces.

Hammersmith Campus
ff Recently refurbished fitness gym

St Marys Campus
ff 20-metre swimming pool
ff Fitness gym and

rehabilitation service

1st
Our overall ranking
in the inter-university
British Universities
and Colleges Sport
(BUCS) leagues in
London, 201314

Silwood Park Campus


ff Fitness gym and outdoor
fitness trail
ff Squash and outdoor
multi-purpose court
Boathouse, Putney
ff Fitness gym and workshop,

with racking
ff Coaching, physiotherapy

and sports therapy


Harlington sports ground
ff Floodlit grass and hockey

Astroturf pitches, plus 3G


Astroturf training areas
ff Ten soccer, three rugby
and two lacrosse pitches
ff Two cricket squares
ff Pavilion with bar/function room
Heston sports ground
new for 2014
ff Fitness and weights gym
ff Five squash courts, basketball
and badminton facilities
ff Five football pitches
and two rugby pitches
ff Six grass and six hard
floodlit tennis courts
ff Two floodlit netball courts
ff Three cricket nets
ff A shooting range
Mountain Hut, North Wales
ff Climbing, canoeing and

mountain biking
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our campuses

Students Union

Every student at Imperial is a


member of Imperial College Union,
which works closely with the College
to make sure that your student
experience is the best it can be.
Make things happen

One of the Unions most important roles is


to stand up for the interests of its members.
The views of our postgraduate students are
represented by the Graduate Students Union (GSU),
the Unions postgraduate arm. Elected by you
and working alongside the Unions main decision
makers, their job is to amplify the voice of our
postgraduate community to the College and beyond.
There are hundreds of volunteer positions available
each year so its easy to get involved, including
over 300 postgraduate Course Representatives
and a variety of campaigning roles if you want
to raise an issue thats important to you.

Union services

The Union offers a variety of places to eat, drink


and socialise on our campuses, including the
h-bar for postgraduates and staff. Discounts are
available with your ID card. The Union also runs
a shop and newsagent on campus, staffed by
students and selling a variety of essentials.

Support and advice

The Union is not just there for the good times.


The Advice Centre provides a year-round service
of confidential advice and support to students based
at South Kensington, as well as a mobile service
for students studying further afield. See page 65.

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1 Fencing

society members have
won many medals with both first
teams regularly coming top of the
BUCS leagues.
2 
The Snooker and Pool society play
on the top floor of the Union Building.
3 The Cheese society meet for a
sociable lunch of cheese and crackers.
4 The Fellwanderers society organise
regular weekend trips throughout
the year.

Every penny you spend in Union outlets is


reinvested back into our services for the
benefit of the entire student body.

Take time out

The pace and intensity of


postgraduate study at Imperial can
be demanding so its important to
find time for outside interests.
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5 The Musical Theatre society


offers an exciting mix of acting,
singing and dancing, as well
as backstage roles.
6 Learn to dance whatever your
skill level with the Dance society.
7 Chess society members play
weekly and compete regularly
in tournaments.
8 The Parkour, Free Running
and Gymnastics society offers
full training and instruction.

The Union oversees and funds


over 320 student-led clubs, societies
and projects. This is one of the largest
ranges of any UK university so you
will have hundreds of opportunities
to meet new people, learn new skills
and try things you have never done
before, from sailing to skydiving,
debating to drama.

9 The Karate Shotokan Club


welcomes everyone from beginners
to experienced black belts.
10 Imperial College Symphony Orchestra
is regarded as one of the best
university orchestras in the UK.
11 C&G Motor Club students work
on their fleet of karts.
12 The Science Fiction and Fantasy
society runs its own library with
9,000 books, 2,000 DVDs and
videos, and 500 graphic novels.

For an AZ of student clubs,


societies and projects:

imperialcollegeunion.org/
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12

about
GradPadimperial
Wood Lane

a place to call

home

Whether you prefer accommodation thats


been designed with postgraduates in mind
or you are considering Londons huge range
of private housing options, we can help you
find a home thats right for you.

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life in london

Postgraduate
accommodation

Visit gradpadlondon.com
for more details, photos
and floorplans

Please note that all prices relate


to academic year 201415.
Please check the website for prices
relating to 2015 entry when these
are updated in the spring term 2015.

how to apply
gradpad

To book a room/studio, visit the GradPad website:


Pick your desired GradPad location
Pay a 100 booking fee (non-returnable)
ff Pay a 400 deposit (returnable if your plans
change and you inform GradPad in writing
before your first payment date (10 days before
your contract start date)
ff
ff

GRADPAD
GRIFFON STUDIOS

GRADPAD
ORIENT HOUSE

GRADPAD
WOOD LANE STUDIOS

SILWOOD PARK,
ascot

566 self-contained studio


apartments with kitchenette
and private shower room.
Located directly across the
road from Clapham Junction
railway station for access
to Imperials west London
campuses and Silwood Park
(via Sunningdale station).

184 rooms ranging from en suite


bedrooms with shared kitchen
and lounge facilities to selfcontained studio apartments.
Located in Fulham, close to
Imperial Wharf overground
station and within easy
travelling distance of Imperials
west London campuses.

606 self-contained studio


apartments, all with a double
bed, study area, kitchenette and
en suite shower room. Part of
our Imperial West Campus and
close to Hammersmith medical
campus in White City for easy
access to the hospital.

Students studying at Silwood


Park can choose from single and
couples accommodation in five
halls of residence. The campus
is set in parkland, making it the
perfect setting for ecological field
experiments, while still enjoying
a good social life, facilitated by
Silwood Park Campus Union.

From 200 per week,


all inclusive

From 220 per week,


all inclusive

From 84 per week,


all inclusive

price
From 210 per week,
all inclusive

features
GradPad accommodation has been purposely built for postgraduate students studying in London. All three
GradPad locations offer easy access to public transport, making it easy for you to travel to and from the
College and make the most of studying in one of the worlds most exciting cities.
ff Broadband
ff 24hr

security
ff CCTV monitoring
ff Secure bike storage
ff En suite rooms

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ff Free

on-site gym
(excluding Orient House)
ff Garden area
ff Shared lounge
ff Female only corridor

ff Couples

rooms available
laundry
ff Quiet study room
ff On-site

ff Broadband
ff Shared

kitchen and
bathroom facilities
ff On-site laundry
(John Smith Hall)
ff Free access to campus
sports facilities
ff Car parking
(with permit)

If you want to arrange a guided tour of a show flat


at your chosen site before you book, call +44 (0)20
3489 5853 or email info@gradpadlondon.com.
For answers to common queries about GradPad
accommodation see: www.gradpadlondon.com/faq

silwood park

Once you have accepted an academic offer from


Imperial for studies at Silwood Park, you will receive
an email with instructions of the Colleges online
application process. This allows you to choose
room type and price band combinations.

Accessible accommodation

Griffon Studios and Wood Lane Studios have large


rooms suitable for disabled students book before
1 August to secure them. Accessible accommodation
is also available within Mary Flowers Hall at
Silwood Park. If you are disabled or have special
requirements that will affect your choice, please
contact our Disability Advisory Service for advice:
disabilities@imperial.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 759 49755.

Other options

If these housing options are not for you, we can help


you find privately rented accommodation elsewhere.
See pages 7677 for more details.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?

Contact our Student Hub team. See page 77.

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/accommodation

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life in london

Private accommodation
Help with your search

Where do I start
my search?

Many postgraduate students find


accommodation in shared houses,
flats or studio flats. London has
a huge range of privately rented
housing but dont panic if you dont
know where to start as Imperials
Student Hub team can provide
plenty of advice and support.
Accommodation costs will account
for a large part of your living
expenses so its important to be
realistic about what you can afford.
Also be aware of journey times to
and from the College and make
sure that you balance price with
practicality. The London Rents Map
provides a useful overview of rent
rates: www.london.gov.uk/rents

Some of the popular areas for


Imperial students within easy
travelling distance of our South
Kensington Campus are shown
on the map below.
The speed in which the private
rental market moves in London
means you do have to act fast if you
find somewhere you like. However,
other properties will always become
available so dont feel pressured
to accept a property that will
stretch your budget too far.
Also dont forget about the
additional bills that you may face,
including electricity, gas, TV licence
and internet charges.

To help you navigate Londons


huge choice of properties, we run
an online property search website
exclusively for Imperial students.
Imperial Home Solutions is a great
tool for finding rented properties
offered by private landlords or other
students. You can search by type
and size of property, price, area
and travel time, and create your
own property shortlist.
Imperial Home Solutions is also
useful for connecting with potential
flatmates via the messageboard, as
well as accessing useful information
to help with your search, from
a checklist of what to look for when
viewing properties to advice on
contracts and deposits.

www.imperialhomesolutions.co.uk

Popular areas to live


white city

south
kensington
campus

shepherds
bush

hammersmith

earls
court

Find out more:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
accommodation/
livinginprivateaccommodation

west
kensington

river thames
battersea

fulham

putney

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clapham
junction

Visit the student hub

We strongly recommend being


in London to conduct your search
for privately rented property as
you will need to go on viewings
and explore the surrounding
area before you can make
an informed decision.
Being in London also means
you can benefit from the range
of practical help and advice that
Imperials Student Hub team can
provide from their base on our
South Kensington Campus.
The Hub is open during
office hours on weekdays,
including lunchtimes.

For further advice,


talk to our friendly team:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
studenthub

The Hubs range of services


includes:
ff Private

Housing Guide, with


hints and tips on house hunting
ff Lists of estate agents properties
ff Detailed advice on tenancy
agreements
ff Area guide and postcode maps
ff Details of estate agents,
hostels and hotels
ff Annual housing events to
assist with your search
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a tale of

two cities
London may be western Europes biggest
city but as one of the people lucky enough
to live here, you will soon feel like you are in
on a secret: that the city is more like a series
of villages. Each village has its own character
and vibe and once you know your way round,
you will find it easy to escape the crowds
and enjoy being part of village life.

Chelsea Embankment,
just a short bus ride from
our South Kensington Campus

life in london

Living in London
Theres no better time to experience
life in London than as a student with
discounts on everything from clothes
to travel. And the even better news
is that life on a student budget doesnt
mean sacrificing your social life as
many of the citys best attractions
are cheap or free (see pages 8485).

Home to over 300 languages and people


of all different faiths and backgrounds,
London is a place for everyone. And
despite the size of the city, you might
be surprised at how quickly youll feel
at home, while still being able to buy
goods from all over the world.
Dont fear if youre an international student
seeking an authentic British experience,
however, as the city is brimming with
Britishness, from its four UNESCO World
Heritage sites (the Tower of London,
Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace
and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew),
spanning hundreds of years of British
history, to its many royal attractions,
including Kensington Palace within
walking distance of campus.

THEATRE

Travel

Londons comprehensive transport network


makes it easy to get around. Options
include the Tube, DLR, Overground, trams,
buses, ferries, and even a cable car. And
with many buses (and, from 2015, some
weekend tubes) running 24 hours a day,
a taxi home is usually a luxury rather than
a necessity. You can get 30 per cent off adult
rate Travelcards and Bus and Tram Passes
with an 18+ Student Oyster photocard
see: www.tfl.gov.uk/photocard.

1
2

1 The British Museum, one of the citys


top free attractions (see pages 8485)
2 
The 330m-long London Millennium
Footbridge links St Pauls Cathedral
on the north bank of the Thames with
Tate Modern on the south bank

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Cycling is increasingly popular as a way


to stay fit and save money. We have secure
cycle storage on campus and you can buy
locks at a heavily discounted price from
our Security Service. London is also home
to an extensive pay-as-you-go bike hire
scheme. You can use our Imperial Mobile
app to find the nearest available bikes.

The magnificent
Hackney Empire
theatre in East London
is one of the citys
many fringe venues.

With over 40 theatres in the


West End alone, plus a huge choice
of fringe venues, London is world
famous for its theatre. Musicals are
a mainstay of the citys theatreland,
but its dramas and comedies also
draw much critical acclaim.
Back on campus, our students are
keen to uphold the citys dramatic
tradition. Imperial College Dramatic
Society (DramSoc) performs at least
two major productions each year
while our Musical Theatre Society
sings and dances its way through
an annual musical. Auditions are
open to all and if you prefer to
stay out of the limelight, there are
opportunities for you to have a go
at set design, lighting and sound,
costume, props, and make-up.

Cinema

If London feels familiar,


its probably because youve spent
years exploring its streets on the
big screen. The citys iconic scenery
makes it a top filming location, from
Portobello Road market in Notting
Hill to the deserted Westminster
Bridge in 28 Days Later.
With close to 800, London is home
to over a fifth of all of the UKs
cinema screens so youll be spoilt
for choice. The city also regularly
attracts Hollywoods biggest stars
for premieres in Leicester Square.
You can make your own contribution
to film at Imperial by getting
involved in the Unions student-run
cinema, with roles ranging from
projection to advertising.
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Piccadilly Circus in
Londons West End

life in london

Eating and Drinking

Student discounts

Londons reputation as a trendsetter is no more


evident than in its ever-expanding food scene.
Your wallet will no doubt welcome the abundance
of discounts in the well-known chains, but in
a city where street food from around the world
thrives, enjoying new food experiences doesnt
necessarily mean blowing your budget.

Imperial students dont have to go far to find the


freshest market fare as a farmers market is held
at our South Kensington Campus every week.

And its not just street vendors that will tempt you:
the citys huge choice of pop-up restaurants and the
explosion of the supper club scene means its easy
to be adventurous. But dont worry if youd prefer to
stick with familiar favourites as you can find cuisine
from just about every country across the city,
including many international supermarkets.

Your student card is a passport to


all kinds of discounts, from cinema
tickets to clothes, restaurants to
mobile phone deals. Many of the
catering outlets on campus offer
discounts for Imperial students,
as well as seasonal special offers.
It also pays, when planning your
weekly shopping or entertainment,
to check out discount sites such
as www.studentbeans.com to find
the most cost-effective ways of
enjoying life in the capital.

Student safety

For a city of its size and population


(more than 8 million people), the
level of crime in London is relatively
low: over three quarters of crime is
opportunistic so there are precautions
you can take to stay safe.

Music

Pop-up venues, star-studded festivals, free gigs,


classical concerts, arena tours its hard to sum
up a musical scene which has nurtured such
homegrown talents as Adele, Coldplay, David
Bowie and the Rolling Stones, while welcoming
acts from all over the world. The huge choice
of venues is as diverse as the acts they host,
from iconic venues like the Royal Albert Hall,
the Roundhouse in Camden and the O2 Academy
in Brixton to the thousands of lesser-known pubs
and clubs hosting soon-to-be-famous bands.

The Royal Albert Hall, next to Imperial College


Union, plays host each year to the worlds largest
classical music festival, the BBC Proms.

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Musicians at Imperial will find their talents are


well catered for, from music bursaries worth 100
per year towards instrumental or vocal lessons
to our free lunchtime professional concert series.
The Blyth Centre on the South Kensington Campus
has 11 music practice rooms and the students union
is home to a wide range of student bands, groups
and societies that you can join (see pages 7071).

We have our own Security Service


within the College who are dedicated
to making our campuses safe places
to live and work: we have campus-wide
CCTV, monitored live by our 24-hour
control room staff; access control in
all buildings and residences; and an
emergency response team on standby
at all times. We also work closely
with police liaison officers to deliver
safety briefings throughout the year
and personal safety campaigns with
Imperial College Union.

Imperial is the safest


university in central
London (Zone 1), according
to The Complete University
Guides Crime in University
Cities rankings

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free
to

about imperial

explore

84

Many of Londons
top attractions cost
nothing to enjoy.

Explore iconic artefacts such as the


Rosetta Stone at the British Museum.
Take a stroll down the South Bank to visit
the Tate Modern gallery, the Southbank
Centre and the Millennium Bridge.

Take in the fantastic sights


and smells at one of Londons
famous markets, from gourmet
food at Borough Market to the
worlds largest antiques market
at Portobello Road.

Enjoy the spectacle of the Changing


of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Attend debates in the historic Houses
of Parliament. And discover such treasures
as Leonardo da Vincis Notebook and
original Beatles lyrics in the British Library.

imperial college london

5,000
acres in which to walk, ride,
rollerblade, picnic or play in
Londons eight Royal Parks,
including nearby Hyde Park
and Kensington Gardens
all in the heart of the city.

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applying

Making an
application

How to apply
We welcome applications
from all over the world via
our online application system.
Here is the information you
need to take the next steps.

www.imperial.ac.uk/
pgprospectus

You will need to upload documents with your


application. This may include your CV, transcripts
or degree certificates, relevant professional
qualifications, evidence of your English language
ability, and contact details for two referees.

Choosing your course

For a full list of our courses and contact details


for each department see pages 96107. You can
find details of our courses online and dont forget
to explore our departmental websites for more
comprehensive information about research
and studying.

Applicants for a doctoral degree should only apply


if a potential academic supervisor has expressed
sufficient interest in your application.

Entry requirements

The Colleges minimum entry requirement for


a Masters degree is a UK Bachelors degree at
2:2 or equivalent, but the majority of programmes
have higher requirements and in practice most
successful applicants have a UK Bachelors
degree at 2:1 or above, or the equivalent.
For admission to a PhD, MPhil, MD(Res), or EngD
research programme, the Colleges minimum
entry requirement is a UK Bachelors degree at 2:1
or equivalent plus a UK Masters degree. Some
programmes require a First at Bachelors level.

Please check with your chosen Department for


their specific requirements before submitting
an application.
For advice on the academic requirements from
specific overseas institutions, see:
www.imperial.ac.uk/entryrequirements/
graduate/countryindex
All applicants must also meet the Colleges minimum
English language requirements (see page 89).

Apply online

All applicants must apply online at:


http://apply.embark.com/grad/imperial/grad

5
please note
We aim to process
all applications
within six to eight
weeks but it may
take longer during
busy periods.

Attend an interview

Where this applies, we will contact you to arrange


an interview. This could be in person or via Skype.

Track your application

Use our Student e-Service to track the progress of your


application. We will email you to let you know of any
changes to the status of your application, including
if we make you an offer. You can accept or decline the
offer online and you need to do so within a time limit.
If you wish to defer your place, you need to make a
written request to the appropriate admissions team.

Pay your course deposit

Taught course and research Masters offer holders


need to pay a deposit as part of the offer condition(s)
to be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

Prepare for London life

Explore our range of postgraduate accommodation


(pages 7475) or get help from our Student Hub
team to find your own. Also, find out more about
living in London on a student budget (pages 8085).

For help with your application:

admissions.enquiries@imperial.ac.uk

Application fee for business school


A non-refundable fee applies to Imperial College Business School
applications: US$150 for MBA applications and US$75 for MSc
programmes. There is no fee for the ICBS Doctoral programme.
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applying

Academic Technology
Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Overseas students applying for a


Masters or PhD/doctoral degree in
certain subjects may need to apply for
an Academic Technology Approval Scheme
(ATAS) certificate before they can apply for
a Tier 4 student visa. If required, this will
be specified in your academic offer from
Imperial. Your visa application, or extension
of stay, will automatically be refused if you
need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide
one.You can apply for an ATAS certificate
up to six months before you plan to apply
for your visa. Please be aware that an ATAS
application can take at least 20 working
days to be processed. Find out more at:
www.gov.uk/academic-technologyapproval-scheme

Applying for a visa

International students from outside the


UK or EU usually must apply for a study
visa under Tier 4 of the points-based
immigration system. The International
Student Support team provides up-to-date
guidance and support on a wide range of
UK visa and immigration issues, including:

ff applying for a visa to come to the UK


for the first time
ff extending your visa to continue
your studies in the UK
ff applying for visas for dependants
to visit or join you in the UK
ff information on immigration options
for employment after graduation

Find out more about the visa


services offered by the International
Student Support team:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
international

English language
requirements

All applicants to Imperial must


prove that they have a good level
of written and spoken English as
part of the application process.
These standards reflect the
demands of our challenging
academic environment and the
high level of English language
proficiency expected by the
worlds top employers.
If you have a first degree
taught in English and awarded
by a University within one of
the following countries and
regions, you will automatically
satisfy our English language
requirements for postgraduate
study: Australia, Canada,
Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand,
South Africa, UK, USA and
the West Indies.
All other students need to
demonstrate their proficiency
in English. We accept a wide
range of English language
qualifications including:
GCSE, IGCSE (English as a
first language only), GCE
O-level or equivalent (English
Language Grade B); WAEC
(English Language Grade 1 4);
and Cambridge Certificate of
Proficiency in English (Grade B).
We also accept test scores
obtained via a College-approved
testing system such as IELTS.
The College considers scores
from such tests to be valid for
two years from the date the test
was taken to the start date of
your academic course of study.
www.imperial.ac.uk/registry/
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Please note: You should refer


to the relevant departmental
webpage for details about
the specific English language
entry requirements for your
chosen degree.

English language programmes


If you have not reached the
required IELTS score (or recognised
equivalent) for your chosen
course and hold a conditional
offer, you can attend a full-time
academic English Pre-sessional
programme at the Colleges
Centre for Academic English (CfAE)
before starting your degree:
www.imperial.ac.uk/
academic-english/presessional
If you achieve a pass score in
the final assessment of the CfAEs
12- or six-week course, you will
automatically satisfy the Colleges
English language requirement.
There is a three-week course for
students who have already met the
conditions of their College English
language requirement.
Once you have started your degree,
you can take advantage of free
In-sessional language support.
This includes:
ff Speaking

and listening classes


clinics with an
academic English tutor to work
on a piece of your academic
writing or oral presentation
ff Courses and workshops targeting
specific academic language
and skills
ff Self-study resources in the virtual
learning environment, Blackboard
ff Language Pair Scheme pairing
you with a native English speaker
who wants to learn your first
language for conversation practice
ff One-to-one

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applying

Funding your studies


Completing a postgraduate
qualification at Imperial requires
a sustained commitment to your
studies right from the start.
We recommend budgeting for
student life well in advance to
make sure that funding issues
are not a barrier to you getting
the most out of your experience.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fee will cover everything you need to


achieve your degree, including the cost of tuition;
world class teaching and research facilities; and
a comprehensive network of campus services, like
professional careers guidance. The cost of tuition is
generally subsidised by the UK Government for Home/
EU students; the fee for overseas (non-EU) students
is not subsidised so is higher. If youre applying for
funding, you should budget for a five per cent increase
in costs per year. This includes an inflationary increase
in your tuition fees, unless otherwise specified.

Course deposits

Find out more about tuition fees, available


funding and postgraduate scholarships:

www.imperial.ac.uk/studentfinance

Living costs

It can be costly to live in any big city, but


thousands of students move to London each year
and, with sensible planning, it is possible to enjoy
London life on a budget. This table is a rough
guide to the reasonable amounts you should
expect to spend to live in comfort, although
actual costs will vary according to your lifestyle.
Estimates cover accommodation, food and travel
within London but exclude tuition fees.
If you are studying full-time, you will be
exempt from Council Tax. You can also get
a 30 per cent discount on certain Transport
for London season tickets and travelcards
with an 18+ Student Oystercard.
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Applicants for taught courses and research


Masters programmes, who are made an offer from
Imperial, will be required to pay a deposit as part
of the offer condition(s). This will be deducted
from the balance of your tuition fees.

Approximate living costs for


academic year 201516
weekly

52 weeks

Accommodation

150

7,800

Food and utilities

55

2,860

Travel*

26

1,028

Personal and leisure

50

2,600

Books and
course costs

10

520

291

14,808

Total

* Zones 13 with 18+ Student Oyster card

Scholarship recipient Justin Chung


is currently undertaking a PhD in the
Department of Materials. His research
focuses on developing biomaterials
for bone and cartilage regeneration.
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applying

Funding
options

Aishwarya,
a research
postgraduate
studying
microbiology,
is an Imperial
College PhD
Scholarship
recipient.

There are many sources of


postgraduate funding you can
explore, both from the College
and from external providers.

Scholarships

Imperials Student Financial


Support team administers a variety
of scholarships. Its possible to
search these all in one place using
our Scholarships Database.

Other sources
of funding

Other potential sources of


funding, particularly for Masters
students, include:
To search for current studentships
offered by departments at Imperial:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
studentfinance/scholarships

www.imperial.ac.uk/employment/
phdstudentships

Imperial College
PhD Scholarships

Studentships

Studentships encourage students to undertake


a PhD on a particular topic. They normally cover
your tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate) and
provide an annual stipend for living costs.

This scheme is funded by our


global network of alumni who
are committed to supporting
the next generation of research
stars. It gives the most talented
students from around the world
the chance to compete for one
of 50 full scholarships.
Successful candidates receive
funding for their tuition fees and
a stipend of 20,400 per year for
up to 3.5 years to work within their
chosen research field. We also
provide 2,000 per year for up to
three years towards costs such
as presenting at conferences.

www.imperial.ac.uk/
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Centre for Doctoral Training (CDTs)


studentships
Imperial has 12 CDTs which offer fully funded
studentships for research in a particular field.
To find out what opportunities are currently
available, contact the CDT directly. See pages
3637 for details.

Research Council studentships



Imperial
College PhD scholarship recipient,
Jack Hare, is using the Mega Ampere Generator
for Plasma Implosion Experiments (known as
MAGPIE), a TeraWatt pulsed power generator
used for dense z-pinch experiments.
Jacks work, for the Department of Physics
Plasma Physics group, focuses on nuclear
fusion as an energy source, and the physics
of plasmas relevant to astrophysics.

Studentships from the relevant Research Council


are awarded to the College for a specific activity in
a particular subject area. These are a major source
of funding for UK and EU research students.
To be considered for an award you should contact
the department at Imperial in which you intend
to study they will provide application forms
to students who they wish to nominate for the
award. Research Councils do not accept funding
applications direct from individual students.

ff Government

sponsorship
overseas students may
approach their government
for sponsorship (often through
the Ministry of Education
in their home country)
ff Professional and career
development bank loans
that you can use to help pay
for work-related learning.
Eligibility criteria apply.
See: www.gov.uk/
career-development-loans
ff Employer sponsorship
students entering further
study from employment
might be able to get help from
their employer to study for
a vocational qualification
ff Teaching assistantships
a number of our departments
offer teaching scholarships
for PhD applicants
ff Charities and trusts can
contribute up to a few hundred
pounds for specific items
ff Sports scholarships
designed to assist students
who are aspiring to be, or
already are, competing at
national or international level
(see page 68)
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Chelsea Embankment,
just a 30-minute walk from
the South Kensington Campus

Professor Sanjeev Gupta examining rock


specimens in the Royal School of Mines
with Earth Science and Engineering research
students (from left to right): Francesca
Oggioni (Marine Geophysics), Kate Goddard
(Planetary Geomorphology) and Chris Mark
(Tectonic Geomorphology)

Y Duration of course (years)


FT Full-time study
PT Part-time study

courses

AZ Masters
course directory

For more information


about our courses:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
pgprospectus

For Doctoral study opportunities, see pages 100107.

Programme Title

duration

Department

Campus

MSc

Computational Methods in
Ecology and Evolution

1Y FT

Life Sciences

South Kensington

MRes

Computational Methods in
Ecology and Evolution

1Y FT

Life Sciences

Silwood Park

MSc

Computing Science

1Y FT

Computing

South Kensington

MSc

Computing
(Artificial Intelligence)

1Y FT

Computing

South Kensington

MSc

Computing
(Computational Management Science)

1Y FT

Computing

South Kensington

MSc

Computing (Machine Learning)

1Y FT

Computing

South Kensington

MSc

Computing (Secure Software Systems)

1Y FT

Computing

South Kensington

MSc

Computing (Software Engineering)

1Y FT

Computing

South Kensington

MSc

Computing (Visual Information Processing)

1Y FT

Computing

South Kensington

Programme Title

duration

Department

Campus

MSc

Concrete Structures

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

1YFT

Aeronautics

South Kensington

MSc

Concrete Structures
and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Concrete Structures
and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

Advanced Aeronautical Engineering

MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering

1YFT

Chemical Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering


with Biotechnology

1YFT

Chemical Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering


with Process Systems Engineering

1YFT

Chemical Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering


with Structured Product Engineering

1YFT

Chemical Engineering

South Kensington

Advanced Computational Methods


for Aeronautics, Flow Management
and FluidStructure Interaction

1YFT / 2Y PT

MSc

Aeronautics

South Kensington

MSc

Conservation Science

1Y FT

Life Sciences

Silwood Park

MSc

Control Systems

1Y FT

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

South Kensington
South Kensington

MRes

Controlled Quantum Dynamics

1Y FT

Physics

MRes

Diabetes and Obesity3

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Medicine

South Kensington

MRes

Drug Discovery and Development:


Multidisciplinary Science for
Next Generation Therapeutics

1Y FT

Chemistry

South Kensington

MRes

Advanced Computing

1YFT

Computing

South Kensington

MSc

Earthquake Engineering

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

Advanced Computing

1YFT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

Computing

South Kensington

MSc

Ecological Applications

1Y FT

MSc

Advanced Materials Science


and Engineering

1YFT

Life Sciences

Silwood Park

Materials

South Kensington

MSc

Advanced Mechanical Engineering

1YFT / 2YPT / 3YPT

Mechanical Engineering

South Kensington

PG Cert

Allergy1

9 months PT

Medicine

St Marys

MSc

Allergy1

2YPT / 3YPT

Medicine

St Marys

MRes

Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine


and Intensive Care2

1YFT

Surgery and Cancer

South Kensington

MSc

Analogue and Digital Integrated


Circuit Design

1Y FT

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology

1Y FT

Life Sciences

South Kensington

MSc

Applied Mathematics

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Mathematics

South Kensington

MRes

Bacterial Pathogenisis and Infection2

1Y FT

Surgery and Cancer

South Kensington

MSc

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Life Sciences

Silwood Park

MRes

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Research

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Life Sciences

Silwood Park

MSc

Economics and Strategy for Business

1Y FT

Business School

South Kensington

MSc

Environmental Engineering

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Environmental Engineering
and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Environmental Engineering
and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Environmental Technology

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Centre for Environmental Policy

South Kensington

MSc

Epidemiology

1Y FT

School of Public Health

St Marys

MSc

Epidemiology, Evolution and


Control of Infectious Diseases2

1Y FT

Surgery and Cancer

South Kensington

MRes

Bioengineering

1Y FT

Bioengineering

South Kensington

MRes

Experimental Neuroscience

1Y FT

MRes

Bioimaging Sciences

1Y FT

School of Public Health

Hammersmith

Chemistry

South Kensington

MSc

Finance

1Y FT

MSc

Bioinformatics and Theoretical


Systems Biology

1Y FT

Business School

South Kensington

Life Sciences

South Kensington

MSc

Biomedical Engineering

1Y FT

Bioengineering

South Kensington

MRes

Biomedical Research2

1Y FT

Surgery and Cancer

South Kensington

MRes

Biosystematics

1Y FT

Life Sciences

South Kensington

MRes

Cancer Biology

1Y FT

Surgery and Cancer

Hammersmith

MRes

Catalysis: Chemistry and Engineering

1Y FT

Chemistry

South Kensington

MRes

Chemical Biology: Multi-Disciplinary


Physical Scientists for Next-Generation
Biological, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical
Research and Development

1Y FT

Chemistry

South Kensington

MRes

Clinical Research

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Medicine

South Kensington

MRes

Clinical Research Design


and Management3

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Medicine

South Kensington

MSc

Communications and Signal Processing

1Y FT

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Composites: the Science, Technology


and Engineering Application of
Advanced Composites

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Aeronautics

South Kensington

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MSc

Finance and Accounting

1Y FT

Business School

South Kensington

MSc

Future Power Networks

1Y FT

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

South Kensington
South Kensington

MSc

General Structural Engineering

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

MA/MSc

Global Innovation Design4

2Y FT

School of Design Engineering

South Kensington

MRes

Grand Challenges in Ecosystem


and the Environment

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Life Sciences

Silwood Park

MRes

Green Chemistry, Energy


and the Environment

1Y FT

Chemistry

South Kensington

MSc

Health Policy

2Y PT

Institute of Global Health Innovation

St Marys

MSc

Human Molecular Genetics

1Y FT

School of Public Health

Hammersmith

MRes

Human Nutrition3

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Medicine

South Kensington

MSc

Hydrology and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Hydrology and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Hydrology and Water Resources


Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Immunology

1Y FT

Medicine

Hammersmith

MA/MSc

Innovation Design Engineering4

2Y FT

School of Design Engineering

South Kensington

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Y Duration of course (years)


FT Full-time study
PT Part-time study

courses

Programme Title
MSc

Innovation, Entrepreneurship
and Management

duration
1Y FT

Department
Business School

Campus
South Kensington

Programme Title

duration

Department

Campus

MRes

Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science2

1Y FT

Surgery and Cancer

South Kensington

MSc

Risk Management and


Financial Engineering

1Y FT

Business School

South Kensington

MSc

International Health Management

1Y FT

Business School

South Kensington

MSc

Investment and Wealth Management

1Y FT

Business School

South Kensington

MSc

Science Communication

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Centre for Co-Curricular Studies

South Kensington

MSc

Management

1Y FT

Business School

South Kensington

MSc

Science Media Production

1Y FT

Centre for Co-Curricular Studies

South Kensington

MSc

Mathematics and Finance

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Mathematics

South Kensington

MSc

Soil Mechanics

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MRes

Mathematical Sciences

1Y FT

Mathematics

South Kensington

MSc

Soil Mechanics and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MBA

MBA5

1Y FT

Business School

South Kensington

MSc

Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MBA

MBA (Executive weekdays)5

2Y PT

Business School

South Kensington

MSc

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MBA

MBA (Executive weekends)5

21 months PT

Business School

South Kensington

Soil Mechanics and Environmental


Geotechnics

MBA

MBA (Global)

2Y PT

Business School

South Kensington

MRes

Medical Device Design


and Entrepreneurship

1Y FT

Bioengineering

South Kensington

MSc

Strategic Marketing

1Y FT

Business School

South Kensington

MRes

Medical Robotics and


Image-Guided Intervention

1Y FT

Institute of Global Health Innovation

St Marys

MRes

Structural Molecular Biology

1Y FT

Life Sciences

South Kensington

MSc

Medical Ultrasound6

1Y FT / 2Y PT

National Heart and Lung Institute

Various

MSc

Structural Steel Design

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

South Kensington

MSc

Structural Steel Design


and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Structural Steel Design


and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Metals and Energy Finance

1Y FT

Earth Science and Engineering

MRes

Microbiome in Health and Disease2

1Y FT

Surgery and Cancer

South Kensington

MRes

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

1Y FT

Life Sciences

South Kensington

MSc

Molecular Biology and Pathology


of Viruses

1Y FT

Medicine

St Marys

MSc

Soil Mechanics and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Statistics

1Y FT

Mathematics

South Kensington

MEd

Surgical Education

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Surgery and Cancer

St Marys

MSc

Surgical Science

1Y FT

Surgery and Cancer

Hammersmith

MSc

Molecular Medicine

1Y FT

Medicine

Hammersmith

MSc

Sustainable Energy Futures

1Y FT

Energy Futures Lab

South Kensington

MRes

Molecular Plant and


Microbial Sciences

1Y FT

Life Sciences

South Kensington

MRes

Systems and Synthetic Biology

1Y FT

Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology

South Kensington

MRes

Nanomaterials

1Y FT

Chemistry

South Kensington

MSc

Systems Engineering and Innovation

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Laing ORourke Centre for Systems


Engineering and Innovation

South Kensington

MSc

Nuclear Engineering

1Y FT

Materials

South Kensington

MSc

Taxonomy and Biodiversity

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Life Sciences

South Kensington

MSc

Optics and Photonics

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Physics

South Kensington

MSc

Theory and Simulation of Materials

1Y FT

Physics

South Kensington

PG Cert

Paediatrics and Child Health7

9 months PT

Medicine

St Marys

MRes

Translational Medicine3

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Medicine

South Kensington

PG Dip

Paediatrics and Child Health7

2Y PT

Medicine

St Marys

MSc

Transport11

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Paediatrics and Child Health7

2Y PT / 3Y PT

Medicine

St Marys

MSc

Transport and Business Management11

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MRes

Personalised Healthcare2

1Y FT

Surgery and Cancer

South Kensington

MSc

Transport and Sustainable Development11

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

Civil and Environmental Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Petroleum Engineering

1Y FT

Earth Science and Engineering

South Kensington

MRes

Tropical Forest Ecology

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Life Sciences

Silwood Park

MSc

Petroleum Geophysics

1Y FT

Earth Science and Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Petroleum Geoscience

1Y FT

Earth Science and Engineering

South Kensington

MRes

Photonics

1Y FT

Physics

South Kensington

MSc

Physics

1Y FT

Physics

South Kensington

MSc

Physics with Extended Research

2Y FT

Physics

South Kensington

MSc

Physics with Nanophotonics

1Y FT

Physics

South Kensington

MSc

Physics with Shock Physics8

1Y FT

Physics

South Kensington

MRes

Plant Chemical Biology: Multidisciplinary


Research for Next Generation Agri-Sciences

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Chemistry

South Kensington

MRes

Plastic Electronic Materials

1Y FT

Physics

South Kensington

PG Cert

Preventive Cardiology

9 months PT

National Heart and Lung Institute

St Marys

PG Dip

Preventive Cardiology

2Y PT

National Heart and Lung Institute

St Marys

MSc

Preventive Cardiology

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

National Heart and Lung Institute

St Marys

PG Cert

Process Automation, Instrumentation


and Control9

6 months 2Y PT

Chemical Engineering

South Kensington

PG Dip

Process Automation, Instrumentation


and Control9

1Y3Y PT

Chemical Engineering

South Kensington

MSc

Process Automation, Instrumentation


and Control9

2Y 5Y PT

Chemical Engineering

South Kensington

MPH

Public Health10

1Y FT

School of Public Health

St Marys

MSc

Pure Mathematics

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Mathematics

South Kensington

MSc

Quality and Safety in Healthcare

2Y PT

Surgery and Cancer

St Marys

MSc

Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Physics

South Kensington

PG Cert

Reproductive and Developmental Biology

6 months FT

Surgery and Cancer

Hammersmith

MSc

Reproductive and Developmental Biology

1Y FT

Surgery and Cancer

Hammersmith

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Notes

For tuition fees, see: www.imperial.ac.uk/studentfinance


1 Applicants to the PG Cert have the option, on successful completion, to progress to the MSc. This is the only entry point to this higher course.
2 These are streams within Biomedical Research. The title of the degree awarded will be Biomedical Research with the name of the stream chosen.
3 Applicants should apply for the MRes in Clinical Research as the umbrella course and specify their preferred pathway in their application.
4 Double degree course with the Royal College of Art (RCA) all applications must be made direct to the RCA.
5 Start dates: October (full-time MBA); December (weekday Executive MBA); April (weekend Executive MBA).
6 The title of the degree awarded will be Medical Ultrasound or Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography), according to the subjects studied.
7 Applicants should apply to the PG Cert in the first instance. On successful completion, they have the option to progress to the PG Dip
and then the MSc. This is the only entry point to these higher courses.
8 This is a stream within MSc Physics. Students choosing this stream graduate with an MSc in Physics with Shock Physics.
9 See note 7.
10 Specialist stream available in Global Health.
11 Joint course with University College London (UCL).
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Y Duration of course (years)


FT Full-time study
PT Part-time study

courses

Course directory
by department

programme title

For more information


about our courses:

www.imperial.ac.uk/
pgprospectus

Faculty of Engineering
programme title

duration

Advanced Aeronautical Engineering

1Y FT

MSc

Advanced Computational Methods


for Aeronautics, Flow Management
and FluidStructure Interaction

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Composites: the Science, Technology


and Engineering Application of Advanced
Composites

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

PhD

Advanced Structural Engineering


MSc

Concrete Structures

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

Concrete Structures
and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

Concrete Structures
and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

Earthquake Engineering

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

General Structural Engineering

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

Structural Steel Design

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

Structural Steel Design


and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

Structural Steel Design


and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

contact details

t +44 (0)20 7594 5066


eaero.msc-admissions
@imperial.ac.uk

Environmental Engineering
MSc

Environmental Engineering

1Y FT / 2Y PT

www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
aeronautics

MSc

Environmental Engineering
and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Environmental Engineering
and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Hydrology and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Hydrology and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Hydrology and Water Resources Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT

PhD/
EngD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

Bioengineering
MRes

Bioengineering

1Y FT

MSc

Biomedical Engineering

1Y FT

MRes

Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship

1Y FT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

MSc admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5122
ebe.mscadmissions@imperial.ac.uk
MRes/PhD admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 1500
ebe.phdadmissions@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
bioengineering

Chemical Engineering
MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering

1Y FT

MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering


with Biotechnology

1Y FT

MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering


with Process Systems Engineering

1Y FT

MSc

Advanced Chemical Engineering


with Structured Product Engineering

1Y FT

PG Cert

Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control9

6 months2Y PT

PG Dip

Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control9

1Y3y PT

MSc

Process Automation, Instrumentation and Control9

2Y5Y PT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

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MSc admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 2978
echemeng-msc-admissions
@imperial.ac.uk
PhD admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5560
echemeng-phd-admissions
@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
chemicalengineering

contact details

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Aeronautics
MSc

duration

MSc admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5929 / 5931
ecvpgo@imperial.ac.uk
PhD admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5929
ecivil.pgr@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
civilenvironmentalengineering

MSc admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5929 / 5931
ecvpgo@imperial.ac.uk
PhD admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5929
ecivil.pgr@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
civilenvironmentalengineering

Geotechnics
MSc

Soil Mechanics

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Soil Mechanics and Business Management

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Soil Mechanics and Environmental Geotechnics

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Soil Mechanics and Sustainable Development

1Y FT / 2Y PT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

MSc admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5929 / 5931
ecvpgo@imperial.ac.uk
PhD admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5929
ecivil.pgr@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
civilenvironmentalengineering

Transport
MSc

Transport11

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

Transport and Business Management11

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MSc

Transport and Sustainable Development11

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

MSc admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5929 / 5931
ecvpgo@imperial.ac.uk
PhD admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 5929
ecivil.pgr@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
civilenvironmentalengineering

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Y Duration of course (years)


FT Full-time study
PT Part-time study

courses

programme title

duration

contact details

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Computing
MRes

Advanced Computing

1Y FT

MSc

Advanced Computing

1Y FT

MSc

Computing Science

1Y FT

MSc

Computing (Artificial Intelligence)

1Y FT

MSc

Computing (Computational Management Science)

1Y FT

MSc

Computing (Machine Learning)

1Y FT

MSc

Computing (Secure Software Systems)

1Y FT

MSc

Computing (Software Engineering)

1Y FT

MSc

Computing (Visual Information Processing)

1Y FT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

programme title
MSc admissions
t +44 (0) 20 7594 8303
edoc-mscadmissions
@imperial.ac.uk

Metals and Energy Finance

1Y FT

Bioimaging Sciences

1Y FT

MRes

Catalysis: Chemistry and Engineering

1Y FT

PhD admissions
t +44 (0) 20 7594 8220
ephdadmissions@imperial.ac.uk

MRes

Chemical Biology: Multi-Disciplinary Physical Scientists


for Next-Generation Biological, Biomedical and
Pharmaceutical Research and Development

1Y FT

www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
computing

MRes

Drug Discovery and Development: Multidisciplinary Science


for Next Generation Therapies

1Y FT

MRes

Green Chemistry: Engineering, Energy and the Environment

1Y FT

MRes

Nanomaterials

1Y FT

MRes

Plant Chemical Biology: Multidisciplinary Research


for Next Generation Agri-Sciences

1Y FT / 2Y PT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

MSc

Petroleum Engineering

1Y FT

MSc

Petroleum Geophysics

1Y FT

MSc

Petroleum Geoscience

1Y FT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

MSc admissions
t +44 (0) 20 7594 7333
PhD admissions
Samantha Symmonds,
PhD Administrator
t +44 (0)20 7594 7339
esam.symmonds@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
earthscienceengineering

Electronic and Electrical Engineering


MSc

Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design

1Y FT

MSc

Communications and Signal Processing

1Y FT

MSc

Control Systems

1Y FT

MSc

Future Power Networks

1Y FT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

t +44 (0) 20 7594 6166


eadmit.eee@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
electricalengineering

Materials
MSc

Advanced Materials Science and Engineering

1Y FT

MSc

Nuclear Engineering

1Y FT

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

PhD /
EngD

t +44 (0) 20 7594 6726


emtpgadmit@imperial.ac.uk

contact details

Chemistry
MRes

Earth Science and Engineering


MSc

duration

MRes admissions
Dr Michael Ray,
MRes Programme Coordinator
t +44 (0)20 7594 2678
emichael.ray@imperial.ac.uk
PhD admissions
Doris Pappoe,
Postgraduate Administrator
t +44 (0)20 7594 5864
ed.pappoe@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
chemistry

Life Sciences
MSc

Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology

1Y FT

MSc

Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology

1Y FT

MRes

Biosystematics

1Y FT

MSc

Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution

1Y FT

MRes

Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution

1Y FT

MSc

Conservation Science

1Y FT

MSc

Ecological Applications

1Y FT

MSc

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MRes

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Research

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

MRes

Grand Challenges in Ecosystem and the Environment

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MRes

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

1Y FT

MRes

Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences

1Y FT

MRes

Structural Molecular Biology

1Y FT

MSc

Taxonomy and Biodiversity

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
materials

MRes

Tropical Forest Ecology

1Y FT / 2Y PT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

Kate Lewis,
Postgraduate Office Administrator
t +44 (0) 20 7594 7022
ekate.lewis@imperial.ac.uk

Mathematics

MRes and MSc admissions


Lucy York, Postgraduate Course
Administrator
t +44 (0)20 7594 1538
el.york@imperial.ac.uk
PhD admissions
James Ferguson, Postgraduate
Research Administrator
t +44 (0)20 7594 6407
ejames.ferguson@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
lifesciences

Mechanical Engineering
MSc

Advanced Mechanical Engineering

PhD /
EngD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
mechanicalengineering

SCHOOL OF DESIGN ENGINEERING


MA/MSc

Global Innovation Design4

2Y FT

MA/MSc

Innovation Design Engineering4

2Y FT

t +44 (0) 20 7594 8888


edesign.engineering@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
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MSc

Applied Mathematics

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Mathematics and Finance

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MRes

Mathematical Sciences

1Y FT

MSc

Pure Mathematics

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Statistics

1Y FT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

MSc Maths and Finance admissions


emathfin@imperial.ac.uk
MSc Pure and Applied Maths
admissions
emathsmsc@imperial.ac.uk
MSc Statistics admissions
estatsmsc@imperial.ac.uk
MRes in Mathematical Finance
admissions
emres.inmaths@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
mathematics

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Y Duration of course (years)


FT Full-time study
PT Part-time study

courses

programme title

duration

contact details

Physics

programme title

duration

contact details

Epidemiology and MPH admissions


t +44 (0)20 7594 3455
emsc-epidemiology@imperial.ac.uk
e j.tite@imperial.ac.uk (MPH)

School of Public Health

MRes

Controlled Quantum Dynamics

1Y FT

MSc

Epidemiology

1Y FT

MSc

Optics and Photonics

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Human Molecular Genetics

1Y FT

MPH

Public Health10

1Y FT

PhD /
MDRes

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the School directly for details

MRes

Photonics

1Y FT

MSc

Physics

1Y FT

MSc

Physics with Extended Research

2Y FT
1Y FT

MSc

Physics with Nanophotonics

MSc

Physics with Shock Physics8

1Y FT

MRes

Plastic Electronic Materials

1Y FT

MSc

Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Theory and Simulation of Materials

1Y FT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

Loli Sanchez Rey,


Postgraduate Administrator
t +44 (0)20 7594 7512
el.sanchez@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
physics

Department of Surgery and Cancer

duration

contact details

institute of clinical sciences


PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Institute directly for details

t +44 (0)20 8383 8253


estudents@csc.mrc.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
clinicalsciences

Department of Medicine
PG Cert

Allergy1

9 months PT

MSc

Allergy1

2Y PT / 3Y PT

MRes

Clinical Research3

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MRes

Clinical Research Design and Management3

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MRes

Diabetes and Obesity3

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MRes

Experimental Neuroscience

1Y FT

MRes

Human Nutrition3

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Immunology

1Y FT

MSc

Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses

1Y FT

MSc

Molecular Medicine

1Y FT

PG Cert

Paediatrics and Child Health7

9 months PT

PG Dip

Paediatrics and Child Health7

2Y PT

MSc

Paediatrics and Child Health7

2Y PT / 3Y PT

MRes

Translational Medicine3

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

PhD /
MDRes

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

Masters courses admissions


Christopher Neill,
Education Manager
t +44 (0)20 8383 1939
ec.neill@imperial.ac.uk
PhD admissions
edom.researchdegrees
@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
medicine

National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI)


MSc

Medical Ultrasound6

1Y FT / 2Y PT

PG Cert

Preventive Cardiology

9 months PT

PG Dip

Preventive Cardiology

2Y PT

MSc

Preventive Cardiology

1Y FT / 2Y PT / 3Y PT

PhD /
MDRes

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Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Institute directly for details

imperial college london

PhD admissions
T +44 (0)20 7594 3373
ee.grant@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
publichealth

Faculty of Medicine
programme title

Human Molecular Genetics


t +44 (0)20 7594 6515
edeborah.jones@imperial.ac.uk

Dr Emma Watson, Education Manager


T +44 (0)20 7594 1427
ee.watson@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
nhli

MRes

Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care2

1Y FT

MRes

Bacterial Pathogenisis and Infection2

1Y FT

MRes

Biomedical Research2

1Y FT

MRes

Cancer Biology

1Y FT

MRes

Epidemiology, Evolution and Control of Infectious Diseases2

1Y FT

MRes

Microbiome in Health and Disease2

1Y FT

MRes

Personalised Healthcare2

1Y FT

MSc

Quality and Safety in Healthcare

2Y PT

PG Cert

Reproductive and Developmental Biology

6 months FT

MSc

Reproductive and Developmental Biology

1Y FT

MRes

Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science2

1Y FT

MSc

Surgical Science

1Y FT

MEd

Surgical Education

1Y FT / 2Y PT

PhD /
MDRes

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Department directly for details

Susan Farrell
Postgraduate Education Manager
t +44 (0)20 7594 0894
esusan.farrell@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
surgeryandcancer

Imperial College Business School


programme title

duration

contact details
MBA admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 9206
emba@imperial.ac.uk

MSc

Economics and Strategy for Business

1Y FT

MSc

Finance

1Y FT

MSc

Finance and Accounting

1Y FT

MSc

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management

1Y FT

MSc

International Health Management

1Y FT

MSc

Investment and Wealth Management

1Y FT

MSc

Management

1Y FT

MBA

MBA5

1Y FT

MBA

Executive MBA Weekdays5

2Y PT

MBA

Executive MBA Weekends5

21 months PT

MBA

Global MBA

2Y PT

MSc

Risk Management and Financial Engineering

1Y FT

MSc

Strategic Marketing

1Y FT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Business School directly for details

Admissions for Economics, Health,


Innovation, Management, and
Strategic Marketing
t +44 (0)20 7594 5656
ebusiness.school@imperial.ac.uk
Admissions for Finance, Finance and
Accounting, Investment and Wealth
Management and Risk Management
t +44 (0)20 7594 9167
ebusiness.school@imperial.ac.uk
PhD admissions
t +44 (0)20 7594 0930
edoctoral@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
businessschool

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courses

Y Duration of course (years)


FT Full-time study
PT Part-time study

Centres and Institutes

programme title

duration

contact details

Science Communication/
Science Media Production admissions
Liam Watson, Group Administrator
t +44 (0)20 7594 8753
eliam.watson@imperial.ac.uk

centre for co-curricular studies


programme title

duration

contact details

Centre for Environmental Policy


MSc

Environmental Technology

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Centre directly for details

1Y FT / 2Y PT

t +44 (0)20 7594 9347


eenquiries.env@imperial.ac.uk

MSc

Science Communication

1Y FT / 2Y PT

MSc

Science Media Production

1Y FT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available in science communication and


languages contact the School directly for details

Languages MPhil/PhD admissions


t +44 (0)20 7594 8833
elanguages@imperial.ac.uk

www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/cep

www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/cfccs

Energy Futures Lab


MSc

Sustainable Energy Futures

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Energy Futures Lab directly for details

1Y FT

t +44 (0)20 7594 5816


emscinsef@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
energyfutureslab

Notes

For tuition fees, see: www.imperial.ac.uk/studentfinance

Grantham Institute Climate Change and the environment


PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Institute directly for details

Dr Daniel Farrell, Senior Teaching Fellow


t +44 (0)20 7594 8457
egranthamphd@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
grantham

Institute for Security Science and Technology


PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Institute directly for details

t +44 (0)20 7594 8864


esecurityscience@imperial.ac.uk

1 Applicants to the PG Cert have the option, on successful completion, to progress to the MSc. This is the only entry point to this higher course.
2 These are streams within Biomedical Research. The title of the degree awarded will be Biomedical Research with the name of the stream chosen.
3 Applicants should apply for the MRes in Clinical Research as the umbrella course and specify their preferred pathway in their application.
4 Double degree course with the Royal College of Art (RCA) all applications must be made direct to the RCA.
5 Start dates: October (full-time MBA); December (weekday Executive MBA); April (weekend Executive MBA).
6 The title of the degree awarded will be Medical Ultrasound or Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography), according to the subjects studied.
7 Applicants should apply to the PG Cert in the first instance. On successful completion, they have the option to progress to the PG Dip
and then the MSc. This is the only entry point to these higher courses.
8 This is a stream within MSc Physics. Students choosing this stream graduate with an MSc in Physics with Shock Physics.
9 See note 7.
10 Specialist stream available in Global Health.
11 Joint course with University College London (UCL).

www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
securityscience

Institute of Biomedical Engineering


PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Institute directly for details

Students in the Institute will enrol in the


home department of their supervisor.
For enquiries please contact those
departments.
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
biomedicalengineering

Institute of Global Health Innovation


MSc

Health Policy

2Y PT

MRes

Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Intervention

1Y FT

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Institute directly for details

eighi@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/
pgprospectus/ighi

Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology


MRes

Systems and Synthetic Biology

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Institute directly for details

1Y FT

t +44 (0)20 7594 6226


eiossbenq@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/iossb

Laing ORourke Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation


MSc

Systems Engineering and Innovation

PhD

Doctoral opportunities available


contact the Centre directly for details

1Y FT / 2Y PT

Laura McKay,
Centre Administrator
t +44 (0)20 7594 5995
el.mckay@imperial.ac.uk
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/
systemsengineering

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the small print

Provision of courses
Details of courses, including ECTS units, may change following
publication. For up-to-date information, please check the relevant
pages on our website.
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus
The College will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver courses
in accordance with the descriptions set out on the website. However,
it reserves the right to make variations to the content of methods
of delivery of courses, to discontinue courses and to merge or combine
courses, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary
by the College in the context of its wider purposes. If the College
discontinues any course, it will use reasonable endeavours to
provide a suitable alternative course.
Website redesign
Were currently working on an exciting redesign of the College
website to make it even easier to find the information you need
about studying at Imperial. The web redesign will involve some
restructuring of content which will affect some of the web addresses
printed here, though we will ensure that redirects are in place
when the new-look site launches at the end of 2014.
Equivalent and lower qualifications
From 200910, the government has withdrawn funding for second
degree students who are studying for a qualification that is at
equivalent or lower level than a qualification that they have already
been awarded. This change means that institutions may charge
a supplementary fee for such students in order to compensate for
the withdrawal of government funding. At present Imperial makes
no extra charge although this is subject to change.

Payment terms
All new taught postgraduate entrants will be required to pay a
deposit as a condition of their offer. The deposit is set at 10 per cent
of the previous years course fee and will automatically be deducted
from the full fee invoice. An invoice for the deposit, which will clearly
show the date by which payment must be made, will be sent to the
candidate via email within five working days of their acceptance of
a conditional offer. An invoice for the balance of the fees will then
be sent to the candidate via email within five working days of full
and final (unconditional) acceptance by the College.
For sponsored candidates, receipt of the original of an official letter
from the sponsoring organisation, indicating what the sponsorship
covers and addressed to Imperial College London, will be required.
In such cases, different arrangements for payment may apply.
Data Protection
Imperial College London processes certain personal data
of its staff and students for standard university administrative
processes. Any processing of personal data by the College will
be made in accordance with the Colleges Data Protection Policy
and the Data Protection Act 1998.
For further details see:
www.imperial.ac.uk/legalservicesoffice/dataprotection
External websites
Imperial College London is not responsible for the content
of external websites listed in this publication.

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An undergraduate and PhD student working


in a zebrafish lab. They are researching
the impact of a Western-style diet on
inflammation and immunoregulation,
using zebrafish larvae.

london campuses

Discover Imperial
come and visit us

opportunities include open


Days at our South Kensington
and Silwood park Campuses
and weekly guided campus
tours with a current student.
www.imperial.ac.uk/visit

Additional photography
Imperial is grateful to all the
generous people who let us
use their photos in this years
prospectus. The following
additional photographs were
provided courtesy of:
f Ian Gillett: p68 Henley

imperial visits you

Regatta, p71 ICSO

Find out more about our


regular programme of visits to
study fairs across the world.
www.imperial.ac.uk/
international/prospective/visit

f p7: London Mathematical

Society, Dr Eva-Maria Graefe


f p18: European Space Agency

(ESA)/AOES, JUICE mission


f p30: STFC, CERN
f p51: Lim Yaohui, Alumni

reception in Singapore
f p61: Voreda, Imperial West
f p63: Research Information

imperial Festival
and Fringe

Network, Library

Talk to our researchers and watch


our research come alive through
hands-on demonstrations.
www.imperial.ac.uk/festival

f p65 Leena Barrett,

contact us

f p80: London on View,

For admissions queries or for


help with your online application,
contact our Admissions team:
admissions.enquiries
@imperial.ac.uk

Student Hub
f p69: Sean Gannon, Hockey
f p71: Alexander Yip, Musical

Theatre Society
f p74: Berkeley First/GradPad,

GradPad accommodation

imperialcollegelondon
@imperialcollege
imperial.ac.uk

The information given in this printed prospectus, including that relating to the availability
of courses, is current at the time of going to press, october 2014, and is subject to alteration.
For the latest information, see:
www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus
Wed love to hear what you think about our prospectus get in touch:
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IMpeRIaL coLLege London

thank you
Principal photography:
Thomas Angus; FJ Gaylor;
Dave Guttridge/
The Photographic Unit.
Arranged and directed by
Imperial College London.

British Museum
f p81, London on View,

Hackney Empire Theatre


f p83, London on View/Pawel

Libera, Piccadilly Circus lights


f p85, London on View,

Tate Modern gallery

Designed, edited and produced


by the Student Recruitment and
Outreach and Communications
and Public Affairs Divisions,
Imperial College London 2014.

Imperial College London


South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ

Discover more online:

www.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus