Choosing a course
We offer a wide range of courses at Imperial, and it can be daunting knowing which to choose – especially as many of the subjects on offer may be ones that your son or daughter hasn’t studied before.
By looking at our course profiles you and your child will be able to get an idea of the modules offered on each programme; and the Key Information Sets will help you to compare courses. Things that you may want to consider include:
- how many contact hours your son/daughter can expect
- how the course is assessed – by exam, coursework, practical exams, or a mixture
- how successful graduates of the course have been
- levels of student satisfaction
- whether the course offers the opportunity to study abroad or undertake a work placement
More detailed course information may also be available on departmental websites, and your son/daughter can always email the relevant department(s) if they need more information.
Your son/daughter can apply for up to five courses (from a mixture of universities) so they don't have to narrow down their choice too much at the application stage. A maximum of four of their course choices can be in any one of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or veterinary science.
Applying for more than one course within the same department at Imperial will count as a separate UCAS choice. However, applications may only be considered once by the department in some cases, especially if the entry requirements for the courses are the same. If your son or daughter is considering making multiple applications to one department, we advise them to contact that department first for advice.
What options are there for changing course?
At Imperial, many degrees within the same department have a common structure for the first year or two, so transfer to a different course within the same department is usually possible, although cannot be guaranteed.
Transferring to a course in another department is more complicated and will depend on many different factors, including availability of places and similarity of course content.
If your son/daughter is currently studying at Imperial and thinking about changing their course, he/she should speak to their department as soon as possible. If they are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on their Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.
What's the gender balance like at Imperial?
Our specialist focus on ‘traditionally male’ subjects is reflected in the current gender balance. As is the case at most other UK universities, female students are under-represented in Engineering.
However, the male to female ratio is different for different subjects, for example Chemistry is more evenly split, while the Department of Life Sciences is home to more female undergraduates than male.
In real numbers, there are over 6,000 female students at the College.