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 continuing students as part of the multi-mode format, we will continue to be able to deliver these elements to all continuing 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.  

 

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. 

We are not anticipating changing the outline schedule of when particular modules will be taught. 

Some optional modules in third and fourth year may be available only to students who are not remote. 

 

Programme delivery 

If you are able to come to campus in the autumn term, your experience will be a mix of in-person and online tuition. 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. Scheduled in-laboratory hours will be replaced by remote practical work. Otherwise, the overall scheduled contact hours, including synchronous in-person, synchronous online and asynchronous online will be unchanged. In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity during the autumn term, all teaching activities will be delivered remotely. 

From January 2021, for students able to come to campus and where government guidance allows it, labs/practicals will be delivered in person, tutorials will be delivered in person and lectures will be a combination of both in-person and remote delivery. The overall scheduled contact hours, including synchronous in-person, synchronous online and asynchronous online will be unchanged. In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity at this time all teaching activities will be delivered remotely.  

If you are unable to come to campus, 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.  Third and fourth year non-theory students doing projects can choose computational, theoretical or simulation based projects if they are not able to attend on campus.  Most experimental projects can be adapted to accommodate at least some remote working, and if necessary it will be possible to change to a different project that is suitable for remote working. 

To access the content of the programme remotely you are expected to have access to a computer, reliable internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Teams. Your College IT account provides you with free access to the Office365 suite of tools. Training and support for how to use other systems and software will be provided within individual modules. 

 

Year abroad programmes 

Your year abroad (or partial year abroad) may be cancelled or rescheduled.  The College will need to adhere to partner institutions’ requirements as well as to UK travel advice during the period of your year abroad. You will be entitled to transfer to the version of your programme without the year abroad option. 

 

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. 

 

Professional accreditation  

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

 

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 in the COVID FAQs on our website.