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Your studies

We’ll deliver our programmes through a blend of in-person and online education, with the emphasis on face-to-face teaching.

You’ll need to be at our campuses  to study, but we will provide materials online if you can’t be here because you:

Some teaching and learning resources are physical and can’t be provided online. Your senior tutor will discuss this with you if it affects you.

If you find yourself unable to join us on campus, you will need to let us know. We contacted students in late August asking you to complete a form with your arrival details, the course you are studying, and where you are travelling from

If you need to study online and don’t have access to a computer, ask us about applying for a hardship fund for new students.

Meeting with your tutors

You’ll be able to meet your senior and personal academic tutors online, or face-to-face in a space that meets social distancing requirements.


Our lab staff and management have started safely re-opening our laboratories and they will be ready for the start of the new academic year.

If things change

We’re getting ready to welcome you to our campuses so you can study safely. But if you don’t feel safe or the situation with coronavirus changes, you can choose to temporarily suspend your studies.

We usually allow students to suspend their studies for up to 12 months.

If you consider suspending your studies:

  1. Get in touch with your personal academic tutor, or other appropriate member of staff. Postgraduate research students should speak with their main supervisor. If you don’t know who your Personal Academic Tutor is please check Banner Self-Service.
  2. Apply in writing to your faculty office or equivalent.
  3. Follow any procedures required by your faculty.

Changing your mind after signing an accommodation contract with us

We will refund your pre-payment if you change your mind and let us know before 1 September 2020. If your contract is with a private landlord, you might be held to your contract.

Field trips and travel

Our primary aim is to keep staff & students safe. We will endeavour to run international and UK field trips where government guidance allows and it is practical and safe to do so. Each trip will be considered on a case by case basis.

We won’t ask you to travel abroad anywhere the government advises against.


Researchers, including postgraduates and supervisors, can find relevant information here:

Can I defer my scholarship award to 2021 if I defer my offer?

Please contact the admissions office (

Can I request a refund for the deposit I paid for my Masters’ degree, because of COVID-19?

You can defer your place to 2021, and your deposit will be offset against the tuition fees due in that year. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund other than for the reasons set out in our deposit terms and conditions.

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