The undergraduate degree courses in Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial contain a strong core of applied Physics and Chemistry. Teaching focuses on applied science, with a grounding in theory and a great emphasis on practical work. You’ll be expected to take part in challenging experiments with advanced equipment. The degree deals with the fundamentals of matter, both its structure and its properties. You’ll learn how to manipulate existing materials and how to develop new and improved ones. You will also study engineering and business skills to help you take the first steps into industry.
First and Second year
In the first two years of any degree with us you will cover all the fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering through a series of core modules. These core modules are essential in giving you a broad understanding of Materials Science and Engineering (about both the physical and application aspects). They will open as many opportunities as possible for you to choose from a range options in the third and fourth years of your degree. These modules also include business elements.
Materials Chemistry and Biology
Mathematics and Computing
Microstructure and Properties of Materials
Core and optional modules
Materials Engineering Portfolio, including Engineer in industry, Design Study and Literature Review, Business Plan, IP and QA Essay
Options - Choose 3
Electronic Structure and Optoelectronic Behaviour
Ceramic and Glasses
Polymers and Composites
A course offered by the Centre for Co-Curricular Studies or Imperial College Business School
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Minimum A-level grades
• A in Mathematics
• A in Physics
• A in a third A-level (Chemistry and Biology are the most common)
Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA including Maths and Physics
IB: 38 overall with 6 in Maths and Physics at Higher level
Advanced Placements (AP):
• 5 in Calculus BC
• 5 in Physics B or C
• 5 in Chemistry
We also require an English qualification, for example at least a B grade at GCSE, 6.5 at IELTS, or 5 out of 7 at subsidiary level IB.