FAQs for prospective students
FAQs for Postgraduate Taught Programmes - 2020/21 academic year entry
We have put together some answers to common questions below with regards to entry to our postgraduate taught programmes for the next academic year. If you have further queries please contact the relevant course administrator whose contact details can be found on the course pages and in the sidebar on this page.
Information from the College for applicants and offer holders with regards COVID-19 can be found on the College study pages where you will find a broader range of FAQs. See below for queries related to our own programmes.
Will my chosen programme still be offered in 2020/21?
Yes, Imperial College London remains open for business. The start dates for most of our programmes have not changed, however Allergy will now be starting in November to allow the previous cohort to complete. We look forward to welcoming all other students to your programmes in October 2020.
Suppose social distancing measures are still in force in the UK in October?
We are following UK government advice closely. We expect that social distancing measures will continue to be in place in the Autumn, so Term 1 will be delivered in a multi-mode format (primarily online with a component of on campus learning) before switching to face-to-face delivery in Terms 2 and 3 if safety guidelines allow.
Find out more on how we will be keeping you safe on the College wepbages.
Can I choose whether to study face-to-face or remotely in the Autumn term?
We will deliver the programme in a multi-mode format which is a combination of online and on campus learning. If you are unable to be in London in the Autumn term, because of visa issues or travel restrictions for example, we will ensure we offer any components that are delivered face-to-face for you online.
If the programme runs remotely, how will lab-based research projects be delivered?
The Research Project module is not offered in Term 1, but as below:
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Spring term (Term 2)
- Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells; Novel Therapies: Spring term (Term 2)
- Genomic Medicine: Summer term (Term 3)
- Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound): Spring term (Term 2)
We anticipate that access to labs will be available then, and you will be able to carry out research and progress with your project. We are currently in the process of re-opening our labs for current students and staff.
How will clinical components be offered if the programme is delivered remotely?
Clinical aspects of a programme that require face-to-face engagement will be moved to the Spring or Summer terms (Terms 2 or 3). For example:
- Allergy: skin-prick testing
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: clinic visits
- Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound): clinical placements/ scanning
This is to ensure you receive the clinical exposure and experience you require.
Can I defer my place until 2021/22?
Yes, you may apply for a deferral of entry, under exceptional circumstances, although we can assure you that the programme will run in 2020/21.
For up to date guidance see the College FAQs.
Will the fees be lower if the Autumn term is delivered remotely?
Developing and delivering academic and clinical material of sufficiently high quality remotely is complex and costly. Therefore, we will not be lowering our fees as we are dedicated to delivering excellent education.
I am an overseas student. What are my options if my government advises that it is not safe to travel to the UK, even though UK government advice is
If you are unable to travel to the UK to commence your studies, you will be able to defer your place to the following year, or study remotely for the Autumn term. More information on this on the College FAQ webpages.
I am an overseas student and will need a visa to study in the UK but visa centres are currently closed. What can I do?
You can keep up-to-date with relevant immigration information for international students by referring to Imperial College London’s webpages for International Students. You can also submit your queries to the International Student Support team through this form.
The College is also keeping their webpages on COVID-19 and your immigration status up to date with the latest information.
When is the latest date I can decide whether or not to accept my offer?
If you’ve received an offer, you have 28 days to consider and respond. If you don’t meet this deadline, your offer will be marked as ‘withdrawn’. If this has happened to you and you now wish to accept your offer, you can email the admissions team on email@example.com as soon as possible to ask about reinstating your offer.
I am still considering whether to accept my offer and cannot pay the deposit. What are my options?
If your offer has a deposit payment condition and you’re applying for funding – or unsure if you’ll be able to take up your place – you can request an extension to the deposit deadline by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. These requests will be subject to departmental approval.
I am keen to accept my offer but this is pending funding for which I am currently applying. What are my options?
If your offer has a deposit payment condition and you’re applying for funding, you can request an extension to the deposit deadline by emailing email@example.com. These requests will be subject to departmental approval.
I have an English language condition as part of my offer - how do I meet this?
Please see the latest guidance for postgraduates on the College FAQ webpages - under the heading 'I have an English language condition as part of my offer - how do I meet this?'.
How do I find accommodation in London?
Please refer to Imperial webpages under Accommodation for advice on how to find accommodation in our Halls of Residence or privately.
How do I find out more about my chosen programme?
You can refer to NHLI’s webpages on Postgraduate Taught programmes to find out more about the programme you are interested in. You can also direct your questions to the programme team; contact details can be found in the sidebar on this page, or at the bottom if viewing on a phone. The College also has guidance for all offer holders and applicants.
How do I apply?
Details of how to apply for postgraduate programmes at Imperial can be found on the College study pages.