MSc Applied Computational Science and Engineering
We are looking forward welcoming you to Imperial this Autumn. We are writing to update you on some amendments to your programme we will be making in order to ensure that it can be delivered safely, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your programme would normally be delivered in-person on campus. In 2020-21, we plan to deliver it in multi-mode. Multi-mode means that your experience will be a mix of in-person and remote activities. It is important to recognise that, depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the balance in the multi-mode offering may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus learning activities throughout the year.
If you are unable to, or choose not to, travel to campus you will not be disadvantaged in your learning experience, and you will be provided with a remote alternative of any in-person activities.
Further details on the mix of in-person and remote activities and support available to you in your department are provided in the programme delivery section of this letter.
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. In the event of suspension of on-campus activity, in-person activities will be delivered to all students remotely/as a remote alternative that delivers the same learning outcomes.
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 and there will be no requirement to visit the campus in-person to begin your studies.
All departmental induction activities for your programme will take place remotely. Further details on induction activities will be provided nearer to the start of your programme.
Content of the programme
We have reviewed the learning outcomes for your programme to ensure these can be taught and assessed in a multi-mode format.No changes to the programme or module learning outcomes have been made as a consequence of moving to a multi-mode format.
We are not anticipating changing the term of when modules will be taught or assessed.
Whether you attend remotely or in person, there will be no difference in the content, quality, learning outcomes, contact hours, degree title, transcripts, assessment and fees.
The key features of our remote teaching approach are:
- All lectures will be interactive, streamed live and recorded. The schedule will take into consideration the different time zones of remote students.
- During live lectures and specified office hours, lecturers and teaching assistants will engage interactively with you to support and enhance your learning.
- GTA-led study groups will establish a peer support network for students.
- Online teacher-student engagement will be encouraged, even if students attend in-person, as this allows the whole class to benefit from academic discussion.
All teaching activities will be delivered remotely in the Autumn term.
January 2021 onwards
From January 2021, dependent on the current UK Government guidance in place and all teaching activities will be delivered remotely, but the following non-teaching activities will be available in person:
- GTA-led study groups
- Group projects
- Independent Research Projects
If you are unable to come to campus from January 2021, all in-person activities outlined above will be delivered to you remotely/as a remote alternative that meets the same learning outcomes.
In the event of suspension of on-campus activity, in-person activities outlined below will be delivered to all students remotely/as a remote alternative that delivers the same learning outcomes.
Support for remote learning
To participate with the programme remotely you will be expected to have access to a computer with at least 8GB RAM and an Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor or better, as well as a good microphone. You will also need a 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 is available on the ICT website.
Training and support for how to use other systems and software will be provided during the programme induction and through specific modules.
More details on recommended specifications and required software for the Applied Computational Science and Engineering MSc are provided on the ACSE website.
MSc Independent Research Projects
All projects available can be delivered and completed remotely.
Suspension of on-campus activity
In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity due to an escalation of the current outbreak or a new outbreak of COVID-19, then we will deliver content remotely.
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.
Length of the programme
We anticipate you will be able to complete the programme within the timescale previously advertised.
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.
In-person activities will still be delivered at the South Kensington campus, or in exceptional circumstances 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.