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.  

 

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 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.  

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) may be rescheduled to be delivered in a different term than originally advertised.

 

Programme delivery 

If you intend to come to campus in the Autumn term, your experience will be a mix of in-person and online tuition. If you are unable to come to campus in the Autumn term your on-line activities will deliver the same learning outcomes. 

Lectures, tutorials and non-lab/practical activities will be delivered remotely. Some labs/practicals will be available in person, and some will be delivered as remote alternatives that will deliver the same learning outcomes. In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity during the autumn term all teaching activities will be delivered remotely. 

If you are unable to come to campus, tutorials and non-lab/practical activities in the Autumn and Spring Term will be delivered remotely, and you will also be given a remote alternative to the lab/practical activities that delivers the same learning outcomes. 

Projects will be conducted in the Summer Term.  Some project options on this programme are software and/or simulation based, and can be completed remotely. Other options require in-person work in our laboratories or other specialist spaces at the Natural History Museum. Students will be able to use the laboratories and collections at the Natural History Museum for their projects subject to scheduling requirements. If you choose a project that requires in-person work to be undertaken, then you will be required to attend our campus in 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, 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)or 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). 

 

Online access to programme content 

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. 

 

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. 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 and Spring terms 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 which is 12 months full-time.  

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 be delivered at the South Kensington campus and the adjacent Natural History Museum.  For the ‘quantitative’ modules held at the Silwood Park we will proceed in multi-mode, and in-person options will be available. 

 

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