Imperial College of London was founded by Prince Albert, it is located in London, England. Imperial College of London is a public University that is extensively concerned with research, it is located at the center of London, which makes it very accessible to people from all walks of life.
The motto is ‘Scientia Imperiidecus et tutame’ (Latin) which means ‘Knowledge is the adornment and protection of the Empire’
As at 2004, imperial College has a total of 3,692 academic staff and 7,240 Administrative staff, it also has a total number of 17,035 students which consist of 9,240 undergraduates and 7,795 post graduates.
Like other prominent Colleges, imperial College London has produced notable and successful alumni’s who have tremendously excelled in their respective field of study among them are;
- Nobel laureate chemist, sir Alexander Fleming
- Brain May a Famous Guitarist
- H.G Wells,
- Thomas Henry Huxley
- Roger Bannister
- Rajiv Gandhi, the former prime minister of India
- William Kitchen Parker, a Physician and Zoologist
- Sir Andrew Huxley, a Nobel laureate in Physiology and medicine
- Shao Xianghua, a metallurgical engineer
- George Mercer Dawson, a surveyor
Imperial College of London is highly rated in the world, its mission is to add value to the society by pursuing excellence in science, engineering, medicine and business.
Learning in Imperial College is aimed at sharing ideas, technological expertise in other to find the right answers to ground-breaking scientific questions and tackle global challenges.
Imperial College of London is solely concerned with research, it seeks to find solutions to environmental, health and technological problems plaguing our societies.
Imperial has focus on four major areas, Science, Engineering, Medicine, and business and its faculties are organized around these areas.
Imperial College London has a wide range of course that can be selected by students, it currently offers 100 undergraduate courses which ranges from aeronautics to medicine, and geophysics to biology, hence, every student irrespective of his/her desired course is guaranteed a place in Imperial College London. Some of the courses offered by Imperial College London includes;
- Aeronautical engineering
- Biological science
- Biomedical engineering
- Nuclear engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Computing civil engineering
- Ecology and environmental biology
- Electrical and electronic engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Medical biosciences
- Petroleum geoscience
- Molecular bioengineering
Imperial College London is the only in the United Kingdom that specializes solely on Science, engineering, medicine and business. Imperial College is exclusively for these fields
Imperial College is known to offer its students global opportunity that makes them have an edge over other students in the world, the mental horizon and capacity of the students is also broaden through their all-pervasive and all-encompassing learning process.
QS world University ranking currently ranks Imperial University of London as the 8th best University in the world, the times higher education also ranks Imperial College as the 9th best school in the world, in the year 2015, imperial College was placed as the most innovative College in Europe.
it was ranked by Qs as the 4th best school in Europe.
APPLYING FOR IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
For any prospective student to apply into Imperial College of London, he/she has to apply through UCAS (universities and College admissions service)
An intending student has the to apply for 5 programmes of which only 4 out of the five programmes can be clinical.
International applicants will also have to register through UCAS, an application fee of £13 for a single choice and £24 for more than one choice must be paid, every academic reference will be attached to the application, every application must be by 15th January except for medicine which will must be submitted by 15th October.
To apply for a post graduate study in Imperial College of London, intending applicant must possess a minimum requirement of a UK lower Second Class honour or its equivalent, this is only one of the factors that is taken in consideration in Imperial College of London, having this minimum does not guarantee acceptance into Imperial College of London, other factor or requirements are taken consideration, factors such as applicants suitability for the course applied for, proficiency in English, references and the ideal work experience among others.
For a post graduate applicant, one of the ways to meet the English requirement is to excel in Imperial College pre sessional English programme, this will ensure that every international student is adept at English language literacy and skills, another means is to take an English proficiency test
One of most important requirement that must be taken into consideration for both international students and students in London before applying to Imperial College London is proficiency in English, every intending student must have passed an approved English test, the approved test for Imperial College London are:
- Pearson test
Other acceptable English qualification includes;
- Cambridge advanced English
- European baccalaureate
- GCE O level
- West African Examination Council (WAEC)
- Irish leaving certificate
- Singapore Cambridge A/O levels
- USA advanced Placement Examination
The tuition for new and returning students vary in accordance to the course of study, to get the accurate tuition for each department, intending students are advised to go to the school official website.
Prospective students should note that Imperial College tuition is usually reviewed annually.
COST OF LIVING
The cost of living in London is quite expensive, most especially for student who live ostensibly. Below is a breakdown of the estimated cost of living as a student of Imperial College London
accommodation and other services £6,669
European union Students can apply for maintenance loan form their government to ease the burden of cost of living, these loans are paid back after graduation, when the student starts earning.
Imperial College London is a College that is well acclaimed for its outstanding record in ensuring that its students add value to the society as whole, they have produced student who function in every area in the society.