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We understand the current situation is difficult and that you may have concerns about your future studies and next steps. We are open for the 2020/21 academic year and look forward to reopening the Imperial College Business School campus as soon as this is possible and safe.

We believe very strongly that this temporary situation should not mean you have to put your ambitions on hold – Imperial College Business School is here to help you succeed.

We are passionate about making sure you receive an excellent education and a fulfilling student experience; we look forward to warmly welcoming you to our community.

Health and safety on campus

Keeping all our students safe is a top priority for us. Government guidance in the UK is changing rapidly – but we are making plans for your safe arrival in the Autumn.

We are implementing a range of measures designed to protect the health and safety of our community. These can be found here.

What health and safety measures will be in place on campus? 

We are implementing social distancing requirements and other safety measures based on the official guidance and what’s appropriate for our locations. We are currently assessing how we can safely move about and work on campus within the social distancing guidelines and what needs to be done to maintain cleanliness. We will be repurposing some spaces in order to give our students and staff more space to work and move around. 

Wearing a face covering is now essential in most locations on campus. Face coverings should cover both your mouth and nose. View the guidance for students about safety on campus.

Does Imperial have any health service or support for international students? 

If you are moving home to take up your place at Imperial you will need to register with a new doctor (also know as a General Practitioner or GP) so that you can access NHS healthcare. More information can be found here

In line with current government advice with regard to COVID-19, the College is delivering all student support services remotely until further notice. 

All services will remain operational throughout the remote working period, although some services will be adapted to accommodate remote delivery. A summary of remote student support can be found in the Student Support Zone and full details can be found on each service webpage. The continued provision of advice and support to our whole student community is our absolute priority. 

What are the safety measures in place to ensure tracking and social distancing?  

We are introducing a local contact-tracing procedure at the College which will interface with the NHS’s Test and Trace service. This means that any local instances can be quickly dealt with and contacts traced to prevent further spread of the virus locally at the College, and also more widely, dependent on the situation. 

We are implementing clear signage and protocols to ensure you can go about your business while maintaining social distancing and good hygiene. Around the College and in teaching spaces, there will be hand sanitisers and multi-surface cleaning wipes for you to use, as well as plenty of hand-washing facilities. 

Your student experience

For the programmes commencing in September 2020, teaching for the Autumn term will be a combination of on-campus (in person) and remote learning (online). We call this “multi-mode” delivery and is designed to allow students to seamlessly integrate across modes depending on their individual preferences and circumstance

What is multi-mode delivery? 

Multi-mode delivery is a combination of on-campus and remote learning. We intend to offer a hybrid format of learning with a number of the on-campus academic experiential sessions seamlessly integrated with online content. 

If you can be on campus in the Autumn term, a majority of the teaching will occur remotely due to health and safety restrictions but where possible and practical some will be delivered on-campus.  

If you are unable to be on campus in the Autumn term due to restrictions or you don’t feel comfortable, your teaching will occur through the remote mode. 

It is our intention that students will have a joint learning experience through the multi-mode delivery. Our lecture theatres are designed to enable students to fully participate in class debates and discussion whether you are joining remotely or in person.  

We are working on timetables and modelling how our campuses can host a safe number of staff and students at any given time. It is important to understand that, depending on the guidance throughout the next academic year, the balance in the multi-mode offering may be subject to change. 

If I am unable to come to campus at the beginning of the term can I join at any point or only at the next semester? 

Transition points allow you to plan ahead when you will come to campus. These are the suggested dates when you can join the on-campus mode of teaching and they align with the teaching blocks of the modules within your programme. The transition points have also taken into consideration the disruption that some of our students are likely to experience in coming to the UK, and they allow you to focus on processing visas (if required), finding suitable accommodation, and travelling to London before needing to be physically on campus.

Find out more about transition points

Do I need to let you know which mode I would like to begin my programme on?

We will be in touch individually with every incoming student prior to the start of the programme to understand your current situation and how you plan to join the multi-mode delivery.

Will you provide full access to all the online resources for the remote mode?

All students will receive full access to the online resources as a member of the Imperial College Business School community.

Will the programme start on the advertised dates?

The programmes are scheduled to start as planned and we are not considering any delay to the academic start of the year.

What will the teaching experience be in the spring and summer terms?

We have not yet confirmed the teaching experience for the spring and summer terms. We plan to update our community in October. We will review the social distancing guidance and make further decisions in the best interests of our students and staff.

How will the programmes be assessed?

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. 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 assessments will be completed in a remote format. Details of individual assessments will be provided on the Hub.

What will happen to international field trips and experiential learning opportunities?

Our aim is to offer these where it is possible for the majority of students to participate, if this is not deemed possible from a health and safety perspective, the experiences will be postponed.

What will the student experience be like?

We are aware that coming to Imperial College Business School is not just about the educational experience – it’s about making new friends, having fun and being part of a vibrant community. We are proud that we have one of the largest varieties of student-led activities at a university in the UK, with over 380 clubs, societies and projects. We’re working hard, together with the Imperial College Union, to make sure that you have an extraordinary experience beyond the classroom whether you are with us, or still at home at the start of the year. 

Regardless of whether you are in the lecture theatre or participating remotely, every student will be able to benefit from close engagement with our faculty; access our exceptional careers offering; network with Imperial’s global community of students, alumni and thought leaders; and enjoy a full suite of student experience activities.

You can find more information here about life at Imperial College Business School and here for the wider Imperial College student experience.


What are the minimum technical requirements for remote learning?

Where teaching will be a combination of on-campus and remote learning (online) due to COVID-19, your device and internet access are the most important components of a rewarding remote or online experience.

We want to make certain that you have all the necessary resources available to make the most of your experience. You can find out more on our technical requirements page.

What will happen to student induction?

We recognise that the student induction at the beginning of your programme is an immersive and insightful experience that helps you discover Imperial College Business School, your programme and the wider community. We are working hard to deliver an enhanced induction for all incoming students across both modes of delivery.

For students of our online programmes (Global Online MBA, MSc Business Analytics and MSc Strategic Marketing) the on-campus induction at the start of the programme will now be delivered entirely online. We are working towards scheduling an on-campus experience in the first year of these programmes when it is safe to do so, and all students can attend.


Online applications from prospective students are being accepted as usual. The entire application process is delivered online, so there is no interruption in your ability to apply to join us in the future.

If you have questions about applying, you can contact our Recruitment team. They will be happy to discuss your application and individual circumstances with you. There is also additional guidance here on the Imperial College London site for applicants and admitted students.

I can’t take an English language test as the test centres are closed – what should I do?

We understand that English language test centres have been closed in many regions, delaying test dates. We recommend that applicants review the information on our Imperial College London COVID-19 FAQs on how to meet our English language requirement.

I can’t take a GMAT/GRE test as the centres are closed – what should I do?

Strong GMAT/GRE scores can strengthen your application and are recommended if your degree is in a non-quantitative subject.

Candidates for MSc International Management who meet our standard academic requirements don’t need to include a GMAT or GRE score in their application, but it is a condition of any offer made. We recommend you do not delay your application.

If you do not meet our standard academic requirements, you would need to provide a GMAT or GRE score at application to be considered for a place. Please contact us and we will discuss timelines and options with you.

GMAC and GRE are now offering alternative testing options for candidates.

  • GMAT Online
    GMAC is now offering the GMAT Online, an interim alternative to the test centre GMAT exam. Imperial College Business School will be accepting these scores as equivalent to the in-person test centre GMAT. For more information and to register, visit the GMAT Online website.
  • GRE General Test at Home
    ETS is temporarily offering a GRE General Test at home option in selected areas. Imperial College Business School will be accepting these scores as equivalent to the in-person GRE test. For more information, visit the ETS website.

My university is closed, what should I do?

We understand that with universities across the world closing, this may be causing confusion or concern as to how this will impact your application. Please get in touch with the Recruitment team and we can support you with next steps and further guidance.

  • I can't get supporting documents for my application
    We don't need hard copies or original documents when you first apply, so please do not delay your application. If you are offered a place on one our programmes, we will work with you to submit the relevant documentation.

If I'm not able to meet the conditions of my offer due to the impact of COVID-19, will I be able to get a deposit refund?

If you cannot take an English, GMAT or GRE test or receive your degree award in time to meet the conditions of your offer due to the impact of COVID-19, you will be able to get a deposit refund. Read more about the Imperial College London application deposit policy here.

If you have further questions about submitting a deposit refund request, please get in touch with the Recruitment team.

Can I defer my place?

In fairness to future applicants, so that all of next year’s applicants can be considered equally, we are currently only offering deferrals in very exceptional circumstances, based on a change of circumstances that is outside your control, and could not have been foreseen, that will prevent you from taking up your offer.

If you would prefer to study with us next year, we would welcome your application when we re-open admissions to the 2021/22 academic year and would provide an application fee waiver.

If you would like to request a deferral due to your exceptional circumstances, please contact Admissions.


How can I complete the academic condition of my offer?

Please refer to our admitted students page on meeting your offer conditions for details of how and where to send your academic documents.

How can I complete the English condition of my offer?

Please refer to our admitted students page for details of how and where to send your English language results.

Visas and arriving in the UK

When will the CAS be issued and what is the timeline of the visa application?

Our Central Admissions team will normally provide your CAS to you 6-8 weeks prior to your programme start date. In order to be eligible, you must have:

  • Met all conditions of your offer of admission
  • Provided a copy of your passport to our Admissions team
  • Paid your deposit

You are not able to make a Tier 4 application more than three months before your formal programme start date so no CAS will be produced earlier than that.

Your CAS will be valid for a six month period from the date that it is produced. This means that you can make your Tier 4 visa application at any time during that validity UKVI have confirmed that students will be able to submit Tier 4 applications overseas later than the programme start date specified on the CAS. This means that you can apply for your visa later based on the date you intend to travel to the UK for the first required on-campus activity. 

More information can be found here.

When should I plan to arrive in the UK?

You should aim to be in the UK prior to your programme starting however due to the impact of COVID19 we recognise there are global travel restrictions creating severe disruption that may prevent you from travelling or arriving in the UK.

We recommend that you should come to the UK when you feel comfortable and are able to travel. We are monitoring the UK government travel recommendations and updating incoming students over the coming weeks with key information regarding your move to the UK.

If you are unable to be on campus for the start of the programme, we will be delivering your academic experience via our remote mode. This will ensure that when you are able to arrive in the UK you will be able to seamlessly integrate into the on-campus mode of teaching.

If I am unable to come on-campus how will this impact the Graduate Worker Route Visa?

The UK Government have announced a new visa which will allow international graduates to stay in the UK to work upon completion of your studies. The Graduate Worker Route is due to be launched in Summer 2021.

To be eligible for the Graduate Worker Route you must have studied in the UK on Tier 4 visa. The UK Immigration Rules require students on full-time Master’s programmes to have a Tier 4 visa for their time in the UK. As Tier 4 is a multiple-entry visa it will also enable you to travel home and re-enter the UK on a later date should this fit with the programme design.

If commencing studies remotely due to Covid-19, you must be in the UK before 6 April 2021 in order to qualify under the scheme. More information can be found here.

What if I’m from the EU, do I need a visa?

The UK leaves the European Union on 31 December 2020.  If you are from an EU national country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and your programme begins before the end of this year, you will need to apply for UK immigration status under the EU settlement Scheme. 

You must be a resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 in order to be eligible to apply.

More information can be found here.

What if I need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK?

If you are travelling from certain countries you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK. Please refer to the UK Government guidance on this requirement. It is your responsibility to check if you are required to self-isolate and to follow the UK Government guidance carefully. All travellers to the UK are also required to provide your journey and contact details before you travel by completing this online form.

You can find further information and guidance around quarantining on arrival here.


How is the employment market changing graduate opportunities?

The current situation is having an impact on the recruitment market in a variety of ways, depending on the sector and company. We are seeing disruption in recruitment, with some companies putting their plans on hold while they focus on business-critical activities at this challenging time, while others are continuing to recruit. Some companies are decreasing the number of opportunities they will offer this year while others are actively increasing them. We have seen demand grow in industries such as technology, e-commerce, online platforms and healthcare, and an increase in opportunities in roles including logistics, e-payments and digitalisation. We continue to share opportunities with students via the Symplicity jobs board.

Recruitment trends have also varied across regions. For example, in mainland China spring recruitment has been very strong, and we have been sharing suitable internship opportunities with our students.

Imperial College Business School Careers is closely monitoring the situation as it evolves; we are working closely with employers as well as the Institute of Student Employers and other relevant organisations to keep students updated on the latest news.

How can I prepare for the recruitment process?

Most of the recruitment process has been moved online, including assessment centres and interviews, as companies adapt to social distancing measures.

Students should continue to use the resources available via Careers to prepare for every step of the recruitment process. Resources include access to the Careers Primer, industry-specific courses on the Hub, a range of online resources such as VMock (to help with your CV and LinkedIn profile), Wall Street Prep (for financial modelling support) and PrepLounge (to help with case study interviews).

Students also have access to our online mock interview module via Symplicity, which provides them with the opportunity to practice video interviews. We have set up mock interviews tailored to each key industry sector and there is a strength-based interview available too.

Finally, students can continue to access full support from our career consultants remotely, including 1-2-1 appointments, mock interviews, workshops and webinars. You can sign up for these, and access our online resources, via Symplicity.

How is Imperial College Business School Careers supporting students at this time?

We have created a series of webinars to help students understand how the current situation may affect their job search, to highlight opportunities, and to remind them of the support available.

For MSc students, our COVID-19 webinar series is sector-focused and looks at how the current situation changes the recruitment process, how students can stand out virtually and prepare for an online interview, and what the impact of the situation might mean for their sector of choice.

For MBA students, the COVID-19 webinar series covers a range of topics, including:

  • Impact on your job/internship search
  • Opportunities in this "new market"
  • Mastering virtual interviews
  • Refocusing your job search virtually

Students continue to have full access to Careers support, which is now being delivered remotely. Students can sign up for 1-2-1 appointments, workshops and webinars via Symplicity and continue to have access to a range of online resources and Careers modules via Symplicity and the Hub.