We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Imperial this Autumn for your final MSc Year.  

We appreciate you may not need to attend any Imperial campuses as part of your final year, but we wanted to provide you with an update on how the College is planning to support a safe return to study for students should you wish to make use of any the on campus resources at any point during the year.   

Institutional guarantees 


Our priority is for you to experience everything our campuses and London has to offer.  However, you will be expected to adhere to the safety measures in place for the College.  This may include requirements to undertake regular testing if attending campus and to report the outcome of this testing to the College and strong expectations to have been vaccinated.  The completion of the required safety measures will ensure that we can keep the College community safe and satisfy the UK government and UK Public Health Authorities that we can continue with in-person on-campus activities, wherever possible. 

On Campus Activities 

As you can appreciate, it is not entirely clear what circumstances we will be working with for the coming academic year but the College’s intent is to return to a substantial amount of on-campus teaching and activity over the 2021-22 academic year. 


All Viva’s are planned to take place online for the 2021-22 academic year.  


If you do come to campus you will be required to follow the safety requirements put in place on campus and in all College buildings (including halls) to ensure we keep the campuses and the Imperial community safe and to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, particularly in our ability to deliver your degree programme and to offer you a full student experience.  There will be requirements and expectations placed on you and other members of the College community to follow the safety measures put in place by the UK government and national and local public health authority.  Failure to follow the safety measures and report them to College may result in restrictions being imposed on the delivery of your degree programme and on your access to the wider student experience. 

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 Students’ Union to ensure that we are able to provide, enhance and facilitate all areas of your student experience in 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 and College-wide induction arrangements, considering current social distancing restrictions, as well as a full lockdown, are set out on our COVID 19 pages.  

Delivery of your Programme of Study 

Content of the programme 

We have reviewed the learning outcomes for your programme.  

No changes to the programme or module learning outcomes have been made. 


We are not anticipating changing the term of when modules will be taught or assessed. 

Programme Delivery 2021-22 

The MSc year of your programme will be delivered as usual at your chosen project location (external to the college).  

Your thesis will be submitted electronically on-line and we will not require a hard copy.  

In the event of a lockdown access to your laboratories may be curtailed. Please be aware that this may be the case and we cannot at this time predict this will occur. We advise all students undertaking their MSC project to consider the nature of their prosed project in advance and mitigate for possible interruptions. Where this cannot be avoided the submission deadline will be re-considered and/or supervisors and students encouraged to re-imagine the project/dissertation.  

Length of the programme 

We anticipate you will be able to complete the programme within the timescale previously advertised.  

Support for online learning 

To access the content of the programme online you will be expected to have access to a computer (comparable to the laptop we offer for loan; HP EliteBook 840 G7, i5-10310U processor, 16Gb RAM, 256Gb solid state disk, 14” HD screen, Windows 10 Pro 64, webcam; see https://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=4AA7-6811ENUC), reliable internet connection with a minimum of sustained 10 MBps down/upload speed  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 at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/admin-services/ict/self-service/connect-communicate/office-365/apps/microsoft-teams/ . 

Training and support for how to use other systems and software will be provided during the programme induction and through specific modules. 

Additional costs 

You will be expected to have access to a computer, webcam, microphone 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. 

Visas and Immigration  

If you require a visa to study in the UK, it is important that you have read the guidance provided by the International Student Support Team at the College at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/visas-and-immigration/ 

Imperial has a team of specialist immigration advisers who can provide specific advice on your immigration situation and on the best options for you. They can be reached by email on international@imperial.ac.uk . It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct immigration permission for your studies in the UK.  

Stay safe and well. 


Deena Shefali Patel, Course Director 

On behalf of Wendy Barclay, Head of the Department of Infectious Disease