MSc Ecological Applications 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. If you are unable to travel to campus for the Autumn term 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 and there will be no requirement to visit the campus in-person to begin your studies.
We will offer mixed-mode delivery of all programme content. For each module we will have both “in-person” options for students able to attend campus and “remote” options for students who are unable to do so.
In the case of in-person instruction: we will follow government and college guidance on social distancing and in implementing other safety measures. In order to meet these requirements, lectures may be delivered via Teams with live question-and-answer sessions delivered in small groups and/or online. Laboratory and field practicals will be delivered in smaller group sizes to allow for appropriate distancing. Student participating in-person must follow College Health and Safety policies, which may include using personal protective equipment (PPE).
In the case of remote instruction: we will offer recorded online lectures and live question-and-answer sessions via Panopto, Blackboard, or Teams. We will use instructional videos in place of live demonstrations for practicals. Students working remotely will be provided access to relevant data sets generated as part of the practicals, and additional question-and-answer sessions will be organised to ensure there is an understanding how the data were generated.
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. The learning outcomes for the programme remain unchanged.
Some of the module titles have been amended and rescheduled to be delivered at different times in the year, specifically, the following modules Conservation and Decision Making, Social context and policy, Ecological impact assessment now are Landscape ecology and conservation, Behavioural ecology, Ecology and Global change and Agritech and Agroecology.
Students will have the opportunity to undertake laboratory or field-based research at Imperial College London as part of their independent project so long as they adhere to college regulations for accessing laboratory and field sites. We will additionally be providing a wide range of computational or data-based projects that can be conducted remotely if needed. Students will be provided with standard study skills through the induction programme, coupled with continuous guidance from support services and teaching staff. For example, students will receive comprehensive guidance on the use of the virtual learning environment (Blackboard) and how to complete remote assessments.
If you are unable to come to campus in the Autumn term, tutorials and non-lab/practical activities will be delivered remotely, and you will also be given a remote alternative to the lab/practical activities that delivers the same learning outcomes.
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 some content remotely and seek to re-schedule lab/field/practical activities to later in the year.
Some project options on this programme are software and/or simulation based, and can be completed remotely. Others require in-person work in our laboratories or other specialist spaces. If you chose a project that requires in-person work to be undertaken, then you will be required to attend our campus during the Summer term. In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity at this time due to an escalation of the current outbreak or a new outbreak of COVID-19, if your project is software/simulation based it will also be possible to complete this remotely. If your project requires in-person presence on campus, you will be offered to switch to an alternative project capable of being completed remotely (depending on how much of your project has already been completed). Alternatively you may extend your registration and complete your project on-campus at a later date. The College will not charge any additional tuition fee in respect of completion at a later date, but you will be responsible for your own living costs, and the College is unable to guarantee providing you with accommodation beyond your original completion date (if you are living in College provided accommodation).
Please note: If you are an international student and require a Tier 4 / Student visa in order to study in the UK, you will be responsible for any visa application fees which may be incurred should your programme length be extended. Full support and guidance on visa and immigration issues is provided by our International Student Support Team (www.imperial.ac.uk/study/visas).
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 is available online. 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. For the Autumn term 2020-21 all assessment will be completed in a remote format. Details of individual assessments will be provided in the Programme Handbook.
Length of the programme
The length of the programme 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 Silwood Park campus, or in accommodation within the Silwood Park 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.