MSc Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology 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 COVID19 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 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. Some modules’ or parts of modules’ teaching and/or assessment(s), in particular the group project, may be rescheduled to be delivered in a different term than originally advertised.
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.
Nearly all formal lectures are in the Autumn term. All lectures, tutorials and most computational practical activities will be delivered remotely. Some individual help guidance (about 4 hours) will be available in person on campus. In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity during the autumn term all teaching activities will be delivered remotely.
After the examinations in January, there are three research projects. We aim to provide an on-campus experience for these research projects, but supervision can be delivered remotely. Some projects may be offered with supervisors who can only work with you remotely. In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity in 2021, all activities will be delivered remotely.
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 essential that you install this prior to the term start.
Training and support for how to use other systems and software will be provided during the programme induction and through specific modules.
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. In several locations on-campus, we will aim to provide monitors (along with the necessary cables, keyboards and mouse devices) for connecting to your laptops. If your laptop does not have a built-in video-out port such as HDMI and Display Port (e.g. new Macbooks only have a USB-C port), you may wish to ensure that you have an appropriate adapter. Ideally, obtain an HDMI adapter. If you need advice on obtaining an appropriate adapter, please contact us. There are no other expected additional costs (beyond those previously advertised) to participate in the programme if you choose to study remotely.
We will endeavour to schedule the synchronous on-campus teaching for the convenience of the MSc students and teaching staff. However, as it may not be possible for all sessions to be held at the Department of Life Sciences (South Kensington campus), appropriate arrangements will be made for such sessions to be held remotely via MS Teams.
Students undertaking research projects can be in groups located across many of the Imperial Campuses including South Kensington, St Mary’s Hospital Campus, Hammersmith Hospital Campus, the White City Campus and the Silwood Park Campus. Research projects cannot be undertaken at non-Imperial locations.
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.