Shock Physics PhD student and her supervisor

To help you get the most out of postgraduate study, we’ve brought together a comprehensive network of academic support so that there will always be help on hand if you need it.

Departmental support

Your main source of academic support during your studies will come from your department, including:

  • your course director (taught students) or academic supervisor (research students), who will be your primary point of guidance and support throughout your time here
  • a dedicated Postgraduate Tutor and Director of Postgraduate Studies, who are responsible for the overall smooth running of your department’s postgraduate teaching and research
  • a personal tutor (for Master’s students on larger courses) or members of your research group (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.

Subject librarians

We have subject librarians for every department who can offer expert advice on finding resources for your subject area and help with using the Library’s collection of e-journals and e-books.

English for international students

Students at the Centre for Academic EnglishThe Centre for Academic English offers a range of support for Master's and PhD students studying science, engineering and medicine, whose first language is not English.

There are a range of courses at all levels, as well as one-to-one consultations to respond to your language needs.

The Centre also offers a range of pre-sessional English courses for applicants holding an offer for postgraduate study in science, engineering or medicine, who need to meet the College's Standard English language entry requirement.

Support blocks

Disabilities and specific learning difficulties

Every department has a Disability Support Officer who is the first point of contact for disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

Where appropriate, they can apply for special exam arrangements on your behalf and will facilitate other forms of support within the department.

Additional support and confidential advice is available from the College’s Disability Advisory Service.

Study skills

Our Success Guide for postgraduate students brings together a wealth of advice and resources to help you achieve academic excellence at Imperial. This covers everything from presentations and effective research to wellbeing and professional development. Different sections of the guide are designed to be useful at different points during your degree.

The Graduate School also runs interactive face-to-face workshops on a variety of study skills for both taught and research postgraduate students.