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 in the first instance. If you are unable to travel to campus, multi-mode means that you will not be disadvantaged in your learning experience over the course of your programme.

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. 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 remotely to all students.

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.

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. Following the development of the multi-mode programme no changes to the module learning outcomes have been made. We are not anticipating changing the outline schedule of when particular modules will be taught.

Programme delivery

If you are able to come to campus in 2020/2021, your experience will be a mix of in-person and online tuition with the balance driven by boundaries set by social distancing and compliance with governmental guidelines.

All teaching activities will be delivered remotely in the 2020/2021, but some non-teaching in-person activities will be available.

Project options on this programme will be theoretical and/or software and/or simulation based, and can be completed 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 will be made available. Training and support for how to use other systems and software will be provided during the programme induction and through specific modules.

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. 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

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

On site in-person teaching will still be delivered at the South Kensington campus, or 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.  

We look forward to welcoming you to our community in October. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, based around the information in this letter.