Imperial College London

Motto: Scientia imperii decus et tutamen (Latin) - Knowledge is the adornment and protection of the Empire (English)

London, United Kingdom

No. Students: 13,400 No. of Academic staff: 8,000
Funding type: Public
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Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.


Rated as the world's fifth best university in the THES World University Rankings 2007, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Strategic Intent

* To remain amongst the top tier of scientific, engineering and medical research and teaching institutions in the world.
* To harness the quality and breadth of our research capability, across multiple disciplines, to address major challenges.
* To continue to attract and develop the most able students and staff worldwide.
* To develop our range of academic activities to meet the changing needs of society, industry and healthcare.
* To communicate widely the significance of science in general and the purpose and ultimate benefits of our activities in particular


Imperial College embodies and delivers world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering and medicine, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare. We foster interdisciplinary working internally and collaborate widely externally.


The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 201314: * 3rd in Europe and 10th in the world overall
* 4th in Europe and 9th in the world for engineering and technology
* 3rd in Europe and 10th in the world for life sciences
* 4th in Europe and 13th in the world for physical sciences
* 3rd in Europe and 4th in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health

Shanghai Jiao Tong: * Academic Ranking of Top 500 World Universities - 4th in UK; 22th in World (August 2014)


Services include:

* Building Maintenance Services
* Business Development Service
* Campus Services
* Careers Service
* Customer Services Centre (Estates Facilities)
* Disability support (students)
* Health & Safety
* Statistical Advisory Service

Student life

Student Hub The Student Hub has brought all your key student support to one central place. We are here to help you and ensure you no longer need to walk around campus to get the answers to all your questions. Areas covered include:

* Accommodation
* Finance and tuition fees
* Exams
* Student financial support and bursaries
* Student records
* Admissions
* International Office and UROP Office

About Clubs & Societies So, you're at Imperial, one of the premier academic institutions in the country, and youre trying to figure out what to do with all the time youre going to have on your hands. You could spend it in lectures, listening to someone with a beard droning on about how exciting his algebra is, or you could spend it having fun. This is where clubs and societies come in.

The Union facilitates over 250 student Clubs & Societies with more than 10,000 members, were sure to have something on offer that you want to do. Of course, if we dont have the right club, then well help you start one. As a member of the Union you may join any Union club or society. There are no restrictions on who may join a particular club or how many clubs you may join (though you are likely to have to pay a membership fee for most clubs).

All clubs are run by elected students who represent the members interests. You will have a great say in the direction the club takes, the activity it takes part in and your level of involvement. For this reason, nearly every club will provide some form of activity to suit members at every possible level.

Whilst the Union will try to engage, enable and encourage student activity, your experience is ultimately up to you. Take as little or as much as you like. Of course everyone is at Imperial to learn (and its much less fun playing football when your tutor is chasing after you about your coursework), but how you spend your social time defines you as a person. The easiest way to make friends is to have something in common, whether thats musical taste, sharing a faith, a mutual love of an art form, or just a way of life.

Imperial College Union clubs and societies are separated into groups based upon common themes and the A to Z list and category links on the right hand side of this page should help you decide which youre interested in joining.
Remember , whatever happens , however much or little you choose to do , the most important thing is to have fun !

Sport Facilities Sport Imperial manages a variety of different sports facilities from our new flagship sports centre, Ethos, at the South Kensington campus, to our first-rate Boathouse on London's Putney Embankment, to high quality sports grounds.

Music at ImperialThere are loads of opportunities to get involved in music at Imperial College, whether you're a student or a member of staff, an orchestral violinist or a jazz drummer, an experienced singer wanting to join a choir or a guitarist wanting to start a band, or maybe someone who just wants to enjoy listening to other people making great music.

There are five orchestras, four choirs, a string ensemble, a wind band, two jazz big bands and a musical theatre society at Imperial, as well as many smaller ensembles.

If you're a pianist, a violinist or a singer and are interested in having lessons within College we have a number of teachers who give lessons in the Blyth Centre

If you're thinking of coming to study at Imperial and are already an accomplished musician you can apply for a music scholarship - this gives you the opportunity of having lessons at the Royal College of Music. If you are already a student here you can apply for a music exhibition.

Our lunchtime concert series is one of the jewels in Imperial's crown, with world-class performers such as the Belcea, Maggini and Tippett Quartets, pianists Noriko Ogawa and Charles Owen, and period instrument ensemble Florilegium. Concerts take place at 1 pm every Thursday during term time on the South Kensington campus, and regularly on Tuesdays on the Hammersmith campus. All of the lunchtime concerts are free.

Visual Arts at ImperialThe focus of visual art activities at Imperial College is the Blyth Gallery, curated by Mindy Lee. The gallery hosts in-house and visiting artist exhibitions throughout the year. In addition to running the Gallery, Mindy organises workshops on various facets of visual art practice.

Eating and DrinkingAt Imperial College, catering outlets and restaurants have a great range of food and drinks for you to choose from throughout the day.

In all our catering outlets on campus we aim to provide choice, value and convenience.

Imperial College is a Fairtrade University and we believe that by becoming a Fairtrade University we will be able to improve social and cultural awareness amongst staff and students. Imperial College members have a wide social responsability to support high standards of ethical and environmental influences in future global trading.

You will find Fairtrade Cafe Direct hot beverages and a wide range of ethical products in all our catering outlets.

Master's Programmes at Imperial College London

Science Communication, Translation and Languages

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