FAQs for Postgraduate Taught Programmes - 2020/21 academic year entry

We have put together some answers to common questions below with regards to entry to our postgraduate taught programmes for the next academic year. If you have further queries please contact the relevant course administrator whose contact details can be found on the course pages and in the sidebar on this page.

Information from the College for applicants with regards COVID-19 can be found on the College study pages.


1. Will my chosen programme still be offered in 2020/21?

Yes, Imperial College London remains open for business and we look forward to welcoming you in October 2020.

2. Suppose social distancing measures are still in force in the UK in October?

We will follow the UK government advice closely. If social distancing measures continue to be in place in the Autumn, we will deliver the teaching remotely that term.

3. When will you be able to tell me whether the programme will be delivered on campus or remotely?

We cannot provide you with a specific date as we do not know how the pandemic will develop. We will follow the guidance provided by the UK government closely and will make a decision on the delivery mode as soon as soon as it is feasible to do so.

4. Can I choose whether to study face-to-face or remotely in the Autumn term?

No, we can only deliver the programme in one format. Remote delivery necessitates the preparation and presentation of content in a manner which is different to that for face-to-face delivery. In order to maintain the quality of our programmes, we need to focus on one or the other format and cannot make both available. We will be in touch again, when the situation becomes clearer, about the format we will be using.

5. Can I defer my place until 2021/22?

Yes, you may, although we can assure you that the programme will run in 2020/21.

6. Will the fees be lower if the Autumn term is delivered remotely?

Developing and delivering academic and clinical material of sufficiently high quality remotely is complex and costly. Therefore, we will not be lowering our fees as we are dedicated to delivering excellent education.

7. I am an overseas student. What are my options if my government advises that it is not safe to travel to the UK, even though UK government advice is

If you are unable to travel to the UK to commence your studies, you will be able to defer your place to the following year.

8. I am an overseas student and will need a visa to study in the UK but visa centres are currently closed. What can I do?

You can keep up-to-date with relevant immigration information for international students by referring to Imperial College London’s webpages for International Students. You can also submit your queries to the International Student Support team through this form.

9. When is the latest date I can decide whether or not to accept my offer?

If you’ve received an offer, you have 28 days to consider and respond. If you don’t meet this deadline, your offer will be marked as ‘withdrawn’. If this has happened to you and you now wish to accept your offer, you can email the admissions team on medicine.pg.admissions@imperial.ac.uk as soon as possible to ask about reinstating your offer.

10. I am still considering whether to accept my offer and cannot pay the deposit. What are my options?

If your offer has a deposit payment condition and you’re applying for funding – or unsure if you’ll be able to take up your place – you can request an extension to the deposit deadline by emailing tuition.fees@imperial.ac.uk. These requests will be subject to departmental approval.

11. I am keen to accept my offer but this is pending funding for which I am currently applying. What are my options?

If your offer has a deposit payment condition and you’re applying for funding, you can request an extension to the deposit deadline by emailing tuition.fees@imperial.ac.uk. These requests will be subject to departmental approval.

12. My offer is conditional on my passing an English language test but I am struggling to arrange a test, as many centres have closed.

You can find the latest guidance on how to meet English conditions on the College’s Coronavirus Information page.

Imperial College London is also now offering two online Presessional English programmes:

  • a 6-week programme to help you meet your English language condition
  • a 3-week programme for applicants who already meet the required standard but feel that they will benefit from some extra tuition before starting their main programme.

Full details of both new programmes will soon be published by the Centre for Academic English. As both programmes are now fully online, you don’t need a UKVI SELT to apply and we can accept a much wider range of English qualifications for you to take the course.

13. How do I find accommodation in London?

Please refer to Imperial webpages under Accommodation for advice on how to find accommodation in our Halls of Residence or privately.

14. How do I find out more about my chosen programme?

You can refer to NHLI’s webpages on our Postgraduate Taught programmes to find out more. We will also be holding a virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 20th May - you can register now on our webpages.

15. How do I apply?

Details of how to apply for postgraduate programmes at Imperial can be found on the College study pages.