We are looking forward to welcoming you to Imperial this autumn. We are writing to update you on some amendments to your programme which 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 format. 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 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.

Institutional guarantees

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.

Departmental induction

All departmental induction activities for your programme will take place remotely.

Further details 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.

The programme level outcomes have been amended for multi-mode delivery format, and you can view the amended programme specification online.


Some modules’ (or parts of modules’) teaching and/or assessment(s) may be rescheduled to be delivered in a different term than originally advertised.

Programme Delivery

Autumn term

All activities in this term will be delivered remotely. These include:

  • All large-class teaching (lectures) will be delivered in a real-time remote form. Some lectures will be further supported by pre-recorded materials and recordings of the session for further self-paced learning.
  • Small class academic and computing tutorials will be delivered in a real-time remote form. 
  • All group pastoral support sessions will be conducted online. We will endeavour to further deliver 1-on-1 pastoral support sessions with a member of academic staff if circumstances allow.
  • Laboratory exercises and group-based coursework.

January 2021 onwards

All activities in this term will also be delivered remotely in the same manner as the autumn term.

Support for remote learning

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 will be made available to you.

Training and support for how to use other systems and software will be provided during the programme induction and through specific modules.

MSc projects

Some projects can be delivered and completed remotely. Other projects will require in-person attendance to undertake lab work. You will be able to choose your project, and there will be enough projects which can be completed remotely for all students in the cohort.

If you selected and are allocated a project which requires in-attendance to undertake lab work, you will be required to attend campus in the Summer Term from May 2021 to undertake the work. To mitigate against the impact of a restriction of activities during the period of project work from summer term onwards, projects requiring in-person work will have a remote alternative which can be switched to quickly if necessary.

Potential suspension of on-campus activity

In the event of a temporary suspension of on-campus activity due to an escalation of the current outbreak or a new outbreak of COVID-19, we will deliver content to all remotely.  This may require the re-scheduling of some of the activities.

Programme assessment

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 in 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.

Additional costs

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.

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation for this programme remains in place even though it is being delivered in multi-mode format for next year.


In-person activities will still be delivered at the South Kensington campus, or in exceptional circumstances in accommodation within the South Kensington neighbourhood.

Student experience

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. View how we will deliver these, considering current social distancing restrictions, as well as a full lockdown, on our website.