Autumn term 2020-21

This student handbook is designed to assist you as enter the Physics Department at Imperial College as taught masters student. It contains some important information about rules, regulations and services and links to key areas of our website; including the structure of how our courses will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). This ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Physics will not be able to offer all of its services as stated in the Student Handbook. For example, there will be fewer staff in the Blackett Laboratory with the others working remotely and some rooms might be closed off to students. To ensure each programme of study can be delivered safely, we'll be making some changes to our courses for 2020-21. Read about the changes to our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, and to MRes and PhD courses.

College has produced a Covid-19 Code of Conduct and Covid-19 Guidance for Students. The Physics Department advise all students to make themselves familiar with this information.

Find out more about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus on our COVID-19 pages for current students and offer holders.

The Department of Life Sciences offers excellent facilities for advanced taught courses in a wide range of subjects considered to be essential aspects of the life sciences.  As a recognised centre of excellence in both training and research, we receive one of the highest levels of funding in the country. This enables us to support a large number of research groups with a diversity of research interests.

Many of our postgraduate courses and most of our staff are based at the South Kensington Campus (SK), but several of our postgraduate courses are held at Silwood Park (SP), our campus in Berkshire near Ascot.  The latter have formal links and joint appointments with both the Natural History Museum (London), the Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew), the zoological Society of London and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Masters courses

The full list of the Masters courses within the Department can be found below. Please see each course description page for further details.

 Course nameDegree typeCampus
  Biosciences and biotechnology

Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology

MSc South Kensington

Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology

MSc South Kensington


MRes South Kensington

Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution

MSc or MRes Silwood Park

Conservation Science


MSc Silwood Park
Ecological applications

Ecological Applications

MSc Silwood Park

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

MSc or MRes Silwood Park

Ecosystem and Environmental Change 

(formerly Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment)

MRes Silwood Park
  Molecular and cellular

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

MRes South Kensington
  Molecular plant

Molecular Plant and Microbial Sciences

MRes South Kensington
  Strucutral biology

Structural Molecular Biology

MRes South Kensington
  synthetic biology

Systems and Synthetic Biology 

(hosted by the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology)

MRes South Kensington

Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution

MSc South Kensington
  Tropical forest

Tropical Forest Ecology

MRes Silwood Park