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.

Support & Feedback

Academic Support

The support available if you have any questions or concerns regarding the lecture and laboratory courses.

Pastoral Care Structure 18-19‌ 

Guidance on who you can talk to when you require advice or support.

Student staff committee

Have a suggestion to improve the courses? View the members of the Student Staff Committee and their roles.


Find out how you can provide feedback on lectures and laboratory modules.

Student Services Centre

What is the Student Services Centre?

All the courses provided by the Chemistry Department are constantly evolving. Constant sources of ideas for improvement come from student feedback - particularly via the Student Staff Committee and from the student feedback in SOLE.

Induction Procedures

During the 1st few weeks of a Degree Programme, both the College and Department put on detailed induction programmes. Many resources are made available by the Department and College to students during the first few weeks of a degree programme

Details of the Departmental arrangements are provided in the Chemistry Welcome Handbook 2018-19‌.

student handbook 
Download the Chemistry Student Welcome Handbook


ChemSoc and the Buddy Scheme

All incoming first year Chemists are automatically enrolled into ChemSoc, the Imperial College Chemistry Society. ChemSoc is run by a student committee and hosts many departmental social and career events throughout the academic year.

Starting at University may be daunting for many, therefore ChemSoc has a buddy scheme - otherwise known as the 'Mums and Dads' scheme. All incoming first years are assigned into small groups (Chemistry siblings) and each group is allocated to two older students (Chemistry mum and dad) in the first week of term.

The aim of the buddy scheme is to help the new students settle in where the older students can offer advice, experiences and support.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

The Chemistry programmes at Imperial are generally very intensive. You will encounter a wide range of assessment methods including traditional closed book examinations and marked laboratory/coursework. Many of these assessments are summative which means that they count towards your final result - i.e. they are designed to measure your achievement.

The concept of academic integrity is fundamental to your student experience at Imperial, particularly your conduct relating to summative assessments, so as to ensure that your academic achievements are a true reflection of your abilities.

Additionally, the Department and College take plagiarism very seriously. The Chemistry Department has a Departmental Plagiarism Policy Document. This policy incorporates a specific series of examples of how to correctly cite sources within an original piece of work (Addendum 3).

For further details and guidance, see the Chem Central module on Blackboard Learn for current students.

Mitigating Circumstances and Special Needs

The Department and College have well defined policies and protocols to take into account students’ Mitigating Circumstances and special needs. These include:

  • Absence from college
  • Complaints and appeals
  • Disabilities and Special needs
  • Extenuating or mitigating circumstances
  • English language support
  • Health, safety, welfare and other support services

For further details and guidance, see the Chem Central module on Blackboard Learn for current students.