MSc Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology Offer Holders
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to ensure that your programme of study can be delivered safely, we will be making some amendments to your programme.
Your programme would normally be delivered in-person on campus. In 2020-21, we plan to deliver it in multi-mode for the Autumn term in the first instance, but this may extend from January onwards as required. If you are unable to travel to campus at any time during the academic year, multi-mode means that you will not be disadvantaged in your learning experience over the course of your programme.
We plan to offer your programme in-person on campus in 2021. We have contingency plans in place in case of further disruption as a result of COVID-19 and associated restrictions.
All on campus provision will be subject to the requirements of the current Public Health advice from the UK Government, College guidelines on social distancing and any additional health and safety measures. In the event that there is an escalation of the current outbreak or a new outbreak of COVID-19 during your programme then, in line with Public Health Advice from the UK Government, we may be forced to suspend on-campus activity. This may be in connection with either national or local requirements. Since we will already be delivering the taught elements of your programme remotely to some students as part of the multi-mode format, we will continue to be able to deliver these elements to all students remotely.
The College will deliver your programme to ensure the approved learning outcomes are met and will take steps to make alternative arrangements in any extreme circumstances where this is not possible. The College is also developing community building activities to support the multi-mode experience for students.
College-wide induction and enrolment activities will operate in a remote format at the start of the academic year. The departmental induction activities for your programme will take place online, but these will be supplemented with some in-person induction activities which you may choose to attend. Further details will be provided nearer to the start of the programme.
Content of the programme
The College has reviewed the learning outcomes for your programme to ensure these can be taught and assessed in a multi-mode format. No changes to the module learning outcomes have been made as a consequence of moving to the multi-mode delivery format.
Over the year we aim to deliver a mixed model of remote teaching and an on-campus experience. If you are unable to come to campus at any time during the academic year, you will be able to continue the course remotely.
Formal lectures are in the Autumn and Spring terms. All lectures, tutorials and most computational practical activities will be delivered remotely. Some activities such as guided literature reviews, group exercises and practicals, will be presented as in-person options, with an online option available. In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity during the Autumn and Spring terms all teaching activities will be delivered remotely.
The tutored dissertation in April and May 2021 will be carried out independently by the students and physical contact with the assigned academic tutor is not necessary. Your tutor will meet with you remotely via Teams.
Research activities start in June 2021. We assume these will not be affected but contingencies have been made to ensure that students would encounter the same learning objectives in case of continued lockdown. These include remote data analysis, in silico research projects, and formative experiences on hypothesis driven research proposals.
To access the content of the programme remotely you will be expected to have access to a computer, reliable internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Teams. Your College IT account will provide you with free access to the Office365 suite of tools, and further information about how to use Microsoft Teams with additional information is available online. It is advisable that you install this prior to the start of term.
Training and support for how to use other systems and software will be provided during the programme induction and through specific modules as required.
The College has agreed that the default alternative arrangement for any on-campus formal written examinations is to provide a timed remote assessment. For other types of assessment, the method may be amended to accommodate the multi-mode arrangements. All students participating in a piece of assessment will do this is the same way, whether they choose to come to campus or study remotely. Oral presentations may be on campus or remote as appropriate. Details of individual assessments will be provided in the Programme Handbook.
Length of the programme
We anticipate you will be able to complete the programme within the timescale previously advertised which is 12 months full-time.
To study remotely you will be expected to have access to a computer and to a reliable internet connection, and you will need to cover any associated costs for these. There are no other expected additional costs (beyond those previously advertised) to participate in the programme if you choose to study remotely.
On site in-person teaching will still be delivered at the South Kensington campus, or in accommodation within the South Kensington neighbourhood
Your experience at Imperial goes beyond just your academic studies. With the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), Imperial has been working with your Union to ensure that we are able to provide, enhance and facilitate all areas of your student experience under all eventualities. We identified key pillars of the wider student experience: academic experience; research culture and environment; amenities and accommodation; student community; wellbeing support; co-curricular activities and extra-curricular activities. Information on how we will deliver these, along with information on our Library Services, considering current social distancing restrictions, as well as a full lockdown, are set out on our website.