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    I was looking at the courses offered by Imperial College London and I realised for the Life Sciences courses (Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology) say, "Generally, we do not hold interviews." This seemed to me to be rather bizarre particularly for such a selective and high-ranking university. Does anyone know whether there is a reason for this?
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    I don't think they're as competitive for these subjects as compared to say, mechanical engineering.
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    (Original post by Azzer11)
    I was looking at the courses offered by Imperial College London and I realised for the Life Sciences courses (Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology) say, "Generally, we do not hold interviews." This seemed to me to be rather bizarre particularly for such a selective and high-ranking university. Does anyone know whether there is a reason for this?
    When I was flicking through the prospectus I wondered this as well as it seemed extremely odd to me. I'm not too sure if that is a good or a bad things that they don't interview.
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    When I was flicking through the prospectus I wondered this as well as it seemed extremely odd to me. I'm not too sure if that is a good or a bad things that they don't interview.
    Yeah that's how I noticed to so I went on their website to find out more. Apparently it's not as competitive but I don't really know for sure.
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    (Original post by Azzer11)
    Yeah that's how I noticed to so I went on their website to find out more. Apparently it's not as competitive but I don't really know for sure.
    Are you in year 12 or 13?
    I found it very strange too, I heard 75% get offers or something.
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    Are you in year 12 or 13?
    I found it very strange too, I heard 75% get offers or something.
    Wow that seems very high for such a competitive university. I'm in year 12.
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    (Original post by Azzer11)
    Wow that seems very high for such a competitive university. I'm in year 12.
    Me too, I'm hoping to study biological sciences - how about you?
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    Just because they don't hold interviews for a particular course, it doesn't mean the course isn't reputable. I got offers from Imperial and UCL without interview and both courses are reputable. Also to mention, LSE do not hold interviews (from what I heard).
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    Me too, I'm hoping to study biological sciences - how about you?
    I'm considering a few science-based courses at the moment such as Natural Sciences, Biochemistry and biological sciences too.
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    (Original post by Raymat)
    Just because they don't hold interviews for a particular course, it doesn't mean the courses isn't reputable. I got offers from Imperial and UCL without interview and both courses are reputable. Also to mention, LSE do not hold interviews (from what I heard).
    That's true but it seemed unusual to me how they ask for interviews for most of the other courses but not that particular one. May I ask which courses you got an offer for at Imperial and UCL?
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    (Original post by Azzer11)
    I was looking at the courses offered by Imperial College London and I realised for the Life Sciences courses (Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology) say, "Generally, we do not hold interviews." This seemed to me to be rather bizarre particularly for such a selective and high-ranking university. Does anyone know whether there is a reason for this?
    Interviews cost money and staff resources to hold. The university has to look at how much interview performance predicts uni performance and what % of decisions will the interview change compared to if there was no interview. These will vary by course. If there isn't a large benefit of holding an interview, why bother given the cost?


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    (Original post by Azzer11)
    That's true but it seemed unusual to me how they ask for interviews for most of the other courses but not that particular one. May I ask which courses you got an offer for at Imperial and UCL?
    Imperial-Biotechnology BSc (J700)
    UCL-Engineering (Biochemical) BEng (H811)
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    (Original post by Asklepios)
    Interviews cost money and staff resources to hold. The university has to look at how much interview performance predicts uni performance and what % of decisions will the interview change compared to if there was no interview. These will vary by course. If there isn't a large benefit of holding an interview, why bother given the cost?


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    Yes that's true I guess
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    Imperial-Biotechnology BSc (J700)
    UCL-Engineering (Biochemical) BEng (H811)
    What type of work experience did you get / extra curriculars? As they don't interview I assume they place a lot of importance on predicated grades and personal statement.
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    What type of work experience did you get / extra curriculars? As they don't interview I assume they place a lot of importance on predicated grades and personal statement.
    I just mentioned a 2 week work placement at a Pharmacy. I also mentioned volunteering for a charity. That is all.
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    (Original post by Raymat)
    I just mentioned a 2 week work placement at a Pharmacy. I also mentioned volunteering for a charity. That is all.
    Last question, but did you have impressive grades then? I'm paranoid about my grades and work experience etc... letting me down.
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    (Original post by BIOCH3M)
    Last question, but did you have impressive grades then? I'm paranoid about my grades and work experience etc... letting me down.
    I have very good grades but I don't really want to mention it. I'm very advantaged due to a few reasons; I am the first in my family to go university. I come from a poor borough that performs badly in education. I come from a poor background. I attended an academically poor school which had pass rate of 41% for my year so I can understand how I got these offers.
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    Hi, I am currently in my final year of Biochemistry at Imperial College London. As far as I know, the students that got admitted usually have at least one A* and 2As for their A-level. Additionally they also have work experience. They particular pay attention to your predicted grades and your references, I think. Hope this helps!
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    Hi, I am currently in my final year of Biochemistry at Imperial College London. As far as I know, the students that got admitted usually have at least one A* and 2As for their A-level. Additionally they also have work experience. They particular pay attention to your predicted grades and your references, I think. Hope this helps!
    1) How hard is Biochemistry?
    2) Do you find the course interesting?
    3) How does it compare to Biotechnology?
    4) What are the job prospects for a Life Sciences degree from Imperial? Where can it lead me to?
    5) Are you guaranteed a job after graduation?
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    (Original post by faezhafez)
    Hi, I am currently in my final year of Biochemistry at Imperial College London. As far as I know, the students that got admitted usually have at least one A* and 2As for their A-level. Additionally they also have work experience. They particular pay attention to your predicted grades and your references, I think. Hope this helps!
    Ah okay, I guess that's good as it retains a high standard but it also takes off the pressures of interviews. How have you found it at Imperial?
 
 
 
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