Short courses are units of study which are delivered by the College but do not lead to an award of the College, such as a degree. Short courses may or may not be assessed and are occasionally taken for credit.

Further details are available from the Academic Regulations for Short Courses [pdf].

Imperial College offer a diverse range of short courses, providing the most up to date developments in specific areas of interest. Below is a non-exhaustive list of the types of courses offered by the College:

  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Pre-sessional
  • Summer Schools
  • Outreach

Programme Directors wishing to offer existing modules as CPD courses should read the guidance, Guidance regarding Masters level modules as short courses [pdf].

Accordion

For existing courses

Course organisers will need to complete a the following for each of the proposed courses:

The course proposal should outline the rationale for the introduction of the course, market demand, planning, marketing strategies, and admissions. The form also acts as a declaration for strategic approval from the departmental/faculty.

The course specification should provide a definitive record of the main features of the programme, including teaching strategies and learning outcomes. Once approved, course organisers should make the course specification public by linking the document from their own webpages. 

If you intend to submit a number of short courses for approval at any one time, please email short.courses@imperial.ac.uk for some additional guidance on this process.

For any other queries on this process, please also email short.courses@imperial.ac.uk

For new courses

Course organisers will need to complete a the following for each of the proposed courses:

The course proposal should outline the rationale for the introduction of the course, market demand, resources, quality, planning, marketing strategies, and admissions. The form also acts as a declaration for strategic approval from the departmental/faculty.

The course specification should provide a definitive record of the main features of the programme, including teaching strategies and learning outcomes. Once approved, course organisers should make the course specification public by linking the document from their own webpages. 

If you intend to submit a number of short courses for approval at any one time, please email short.courses@imperial.ac.uk for some additional guidance on this process.

For any other queries on this process, please also email short.courses@imperial.ac.uk

The approval process

Normally, short courses (whether credit bearing or non-credit bearing and with the exception of summer schools) will need to be reviewed at the next available Programmes Committee. If the proposal is supported by the committee, the short course may be approved at that meeting and will be reported to the next Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee (QAEC) for information. Summer schools will go through a similar process but will require final approval by Senate

For any queries on the approval process, please email short.courses@imperial.ac.uk

The Registry will maintain a database of the College's short course provision and course specifications will also be accessible via the programmes specifications page on the Registry website. 

All existing courses will be reviewed periodically and course organisers will be asked to submit a course evaluation/feedback report as part of the review.

For queries on this process, please email short.courses@imperial.ac.uk.

Why do we do it?

The quality assurance approval procedures are intended to monitor and enhance the quality of short courses offered by the College. The process also ensures that short courses are appropriately costed, that the courses meet the needs of the target customers, that professional standards associated with developing and running courses are considered, that course organisers have a clear understanding of copyright and intellectual property, and that course evaluation processes are in place for feedback purposes. Quality assurance is also an essential part of maintaining good practice across the College and to protect the global reputation of the College, as well as ensure the experience of the participants. In addition, the process can ensure all short courses are publicised in a consistent and professional image.