Autumn term 2020-21

Courses will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing new and returning students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). This ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

To ensure each programme of study can be delivered safely, we'll be making some changes to our courses for 2020-21. Read about the changes to our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, and to MRes and PhD courses.

Find out more about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus on our COVID-19 pages for current students and offer holders.

Labs lectures and exams


labs Laboratory classes (including theoretical and mathematical methods laboratories, workshops and IT laboratories) are a key part of our student’s experience.

The aim of these laboratory classes is to develop your practical skills, gain confidence in numerous experimental techniques as well as analytical skills.

Laboratory classes are held in the afternoons of every weekday apart from Wednesday and are scheduled between 11.00am until 5.30pm depending on your year and lab groupings. Academic staff and postgraduate demonstrators are always present during these teaching lab classes.


Chemistry lectures and problem classes are typically scheduled in the mornings between 9am and 12pm and are held in the Pippard Lecture Theatre (Sherfield Building) or in the RSC1 building.

Lectures for ancillary subjects may be held elsewhere and may be scheduled by other departments, particularly for languages/humanities.

Lecture notes and course material for almost all individual Chemistry and Ancillary modules are provided to Students via the College's comprehensive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard. Access is restricted to Imperial College Staff and Students.


Written exams are held in January and either May or June each year. For each question the 1st marker provides a paragraph summarising the cohort’s performance on that question. This is uploaded to Blackboard as soon as the provisional grades are posted similarly. examsAdditionally, for each exam paper an example of an excellent answer is also posted on Blackboard to show how an excellent answer would be constructed. 

The Registry is responsible for processing and releasing formal exam results. These final number grades are usually released after the end of the academic year in July. Your exam results can then be viewed on Student e-Service.

More information on examinations can be found on the Examinations Pages.