Imperial has some 16,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is one of the world’s leading universities, offering degrees in the fields of science, engineering, medicine and business.

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  • To find out more about education at Imperial, visit the Study web pages.
  • For information on how to refer to each of the qualifications that can be gained at Imperial, and how to abbreviate these, see Appendix 3 at the bottom of this page.
  • For the approved spelling of some terms relating to education, see Appendix 4.


In 2014, the UK Research Excellence Framework found 91 per cent of research at Imperial to be of a ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ standard. Imperial’s research was also ranked as first in the country for its impact.

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  • To find out more about research at Imperial and its impact, visit the Research and Innovation webpages, or the College’s News site.
  • For the approved spelling of some terms relating to research, see Appendix 4.

Translation, partnership, consultancy and commercialisation

Partnership with business, academia, non-profit and healthcare organisations and government is a key priority for the College. ‘Translation’ is a term used to describe the conversion of research outcomes into significant technologies. A ‘corporate partnership’ is any relationship between an academic or an academic team and an industry partner, established to further research or education aims and to benefit wider society. ‘Consultancy’ allows external parties to access the expertise, facilities and/or equipment available at Imperial. And ‘commercialisation’ refers to the process by which successful businesses emerge out of academic research, often through technology transfer, intellectual property licensing and protection, company incubation and investment.

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