We are looking forward to welcoming you to Imperial this Autumn. We are writing to update you on some amendments to your MSc programme in Engineering Fluid Mechanics for the Offshore, Coastal and Built Environments which we will be making in order to ensure that it can be delivered safely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Your MSc programme would normally be delivered in-person on-campus. In 2020-21, we are implementing amendments that are designed so that you will be able to complete your MSc programme in multi-mode format.  Multi-mode means that you will be able to successfully complete all activities within the MSc programme with a combination of “on-campus” (in-person) and remote “off-campus” (online) participation, or entirely through off-campus participation. Our plans are intended to be flexible to allow your MSc programme to proceed in accordance with evolving official UK government advice and any travel conditions imposed by your own nation’s government. Accordingly, the balance of on-campus and off-campus activities in the multi-mode format is flexible so that it can respond to official UK government advice. We hope to increase the offering of on-campus learning activities as the academic year progresses. 

If you prefer not to or are unable to travel to campus, your MSc programme will be delivered with off-campus activities. These off-campus activities will be delivered online and have been carefully designed to maintain the learning outcomes for all modules in your MSc programme. 

Further details on the mix of on-campus and off-campus 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, and 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. 

No changes to the programme or module learning outcomes have been made as a consequence of moving to a multi-mode format. 

 

Scheduling  

We are not anticipating a need to change the timing (i.e. Autumn Term, Spring Term, Summer Term) in which modules will be taught or assessed. 

 

Programme Delivery  

- Autumn term 

If you are able to come to campus, your Fluid Mechanics MSc programme will be delivered through a mixture of on-campus (in-person) and off-campus (online) activities in the Autumn term i.e. via the multi-mode format. These activities include lectures, tutorials and laboratory demonstrations. All laboratory demonstrations that cannot be attended in-person will be available online in the form of videos.  

We intend that a range of learning and pastoral activities will be delivered on-campus where possible and in accordance with UK government requirements. The remaining activities will be delivered online. The balance of on-campus and off-campus activities will vary across modules. 

If you prefer not to or are unable to come to campus in the Autumn term, all on-campus activities outlined above will be delivered to you online while maintaining the same learning outcomes.  

In the event of suspension of on-campus activity, the in-person activities outlined above will be delivered to all students online while maintaining the same learning outcomes. 

- January 2021 onwards  

From January 2021, dependent on the current UK Government guidance, and if you are able to come to campus, your Fluid Mechanics MSc programme will be delivered through a mixture of on-campus and off-campus activities in a manner similar to the Autumn term. These activities include lectures, tutorials and laboratory demonstrations. All laboratory demonstrations that cannot be attended in-person will be available online in the form of videos. 

As in Autumn term, we intend that a range of learning and pastoral activities will be delivered on-campus where possible and in accordance with UK government requirements. The outstanding activities will be delivered remotely off-campus. The balance of on-campus and off-campus activities will vary across modules. 

If you prefer not to or are unable to come to campus in January 2021, all on-campus activities outlined above will be delivered to you online while maintaining the same learning outcomes.  

 

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 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. 

 

MSc Projects 

For your Summer Term research project, you will be able to choose between research projects that can be delivered remotely or research projects that require experimental work in the Hydrodynamics Laboratory and there will be enough projects which can be completed remotely for all students in the cohort. 

The Summer Term research projects that can be delivered and completed remotely include modelling, theoretical, or data analysis studies. The Summer Term experimental laboratory-based projects will require in-person attendance in the Hydrodynamics Laboratory. Therefore, choosing one of the experimental research projects will require you to be on-campus from May 2021 to undertake the work. To mitigate against the impact of a restriction of activities during the period of project work from May 2021 onwards, projects requiring in-person work will have a remote alternative which can be switched to quickly if necessary.

 

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 to all remotely.  This may require the re-scheduling of some of the activities.  

The amendments made to your MSc programme for the 2020-2021 academic year have been designed so that no delays to the completion of your degree are anticipated providing all programme requirements have been met successfully. 

 

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. 

 

Location 

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.   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