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The FAQs below are relevant to those starting a postgraduate course at St George's, University of London in Autumn 2020.

If you are currently living outside the UK, or you are an international student, please also see our FAQs for international applicants. 

If you are an undergraduate applicant or offer holder please see our FAQs for undergraduates applicants and offer holders.

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Academic guidance

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What will happen if my qualification results are delayed? How will my application be affected?

We are aware of the disruption caused to colleges and universities, resulting in delays in exams and exam results. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. We are not currently planning on adjusting any of the conditions listed in our offers. If you have concerns that you will not be able to sit an exam needed to meet the conditions of your offer, please contact Admissions on pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk to discuss your situation.

If you have applied to us and not heard back?

If you are waiting to hear the outcome of your application, please note we are continuing to assess applications and make offers to eligible applicants using the entry requirements published on our website. We aim to have communicated a decision to all applicants within two weeks of submission of an application or an interview if part of the requirements. 

If you have received an offer from us  

If you are an offer holder, we will wait until we have received your final results before proceeding. We will continue to follow our standard practice of matching your results to your offer conditions. We understand that these are exceptional circumstances - if you are not able to meet the conditions outlined in your offer then we will consider other elements of your application or performance during the admissions process. This may include reviewing your previously achieved qualifications, interview scores (where applicable), personal statement and reference to inform the outcome of your application. 

If you would like to study at St George’s, please respond to your offer by the deadline list in your offer letter. You can accept or decline your place via the applicant portal. We will assume you are declining your place if we do not hear from you, so do not hesitate to contact us on pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk if your situation prevents you from responding by the deadline.

The latest update to all Postgraduate offer holders was sent on Tuesday 23 June, you can read it here:

We encourage you to check this website regularly, but please be assured that we will always email you directly with updates to your application.

One of my offer conditions is to meet English Language requirements, but the test centre is closed. Do I still need to take a test?

Offer holders are still required to meet the English Language conditions of their offer, as set out in their offer letter. We are in contact with English Language test providers and will update applicants in due course should there be any changes. 

One of our most frequently requested English Language tests is IELTS, who are publishing country-specific updates, with many test centres around the world re-opening. Further information can be found here. 

A list of alternative English Language tests that we accept can be found on our website. This includes the internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) which you are able to complete from home. More information about this test can be found on the TOEFL website. Please email the Admissions team on pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk if you intend to take the internet-based TOEFL in order to meet the conditions of your offer.

If you are unable to take an any of the alternative English Language tests listed on our website, we may consider the IELTS Indicator test. Please contact Admissions on pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk to discuss your situation before proceeding.

My offer is conditional on meeting Fitness to Practise requirements (Occupational Health and Police Check). When will I receive more information about these?
We are working to ensure our applicants can meet our Fitness to Practise requirements whilst following social distancing. We will email all firm offer-holders shortly with further details.  
Will I need a health check before I enrol on my course in September, even if it’s not a condition of my offer?
Only MSc Physiotherapy, and the MPAS Physician Associate require Fitness to Practise requirements as part of their offer. We are not anticipating other postgraduate courses to require a health check, however, we will contact you directly if this will be required due to Covid-19.   
Can I start my course in Autumn 2020?

Yes, all our courses at St George’s will start as usual in September 2020. Check your course start dates here.

Enrolment and Welcome Week planning is well underway to ensure that you will feel part of our community and will have the guidance and resources you’ll need when you start your course with us in the autumn. We are working closely with our Students' Union to provide a variety of opportunities for you to meet other students and your course team, to get involved in university life and to find out more about what is on offer at St George's. We will be writing to you in late July with further information about what to expect. 

Can I defer my start date?

If you request to defer before we have made a decision on your application, we will be able to defer you to the next academic year. If you request to defer after receiving an offer, your request will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions teams and the Course Director.

The Physician Associate Studies programme is unable to accept any deferral requests so applicants will be required to reapply if they wish to delay the start of their studies.

I am classed as vulnerable/clinically extremely vulnerable to risks from COVID-19 and am worried I will not be able to come to the campus in September, what should I do?

The safety and wellbeing of staff and students remains our top priority.

If you are currently identified as vulnerable / clinically extremely vulnerable to risk from Covid-19, please email the Admissions team on admissions@sgul.ac.uk to let us know. This will help us to engage with you individually over the next few months as more details of plans for each course become available and in light of relevant Government guidance.

How will my course be taught in the current circumstance?

Depending on the course you are on, we will be starting the first term for clinical programmes which require specific learning facilities with a blend of online and face to face teaching. All other courses will be delivered online only for the first term, until we can transition to face to face in January 2021 (see below).

Courses starting with a blended online and face to face delivery in the first term:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice MSc

  • Healthcare Practice MSc

  • Physiotherapy MSc

  • Physician Associate Studies MPAS

Courses starting with online only delivery in first term:

  • Biomedical Science MRes (all pathways)

  • Clinical Research MRes

  • Genomic Medicine MSc, PgDip, PgCert, Modules

  • Global Health MSc, PgDip, PgCert (all pathways)

  • Healthcare Research Skills and Methods PgCert

  • Sports Cardiology MSc, PgDip, PgCert, Modules

  • Translational Medicine MRes, MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Our online teaching takes a social-learning approach that aims to be varied, interactive and dynamic, combining lectures, interactive sessions, self-paced study and small-group teaching. We are aiming to return to face to face teaching, learning and social activities in January 2021 or as soon as it is safe to do so and in line with Government guidance.

 

On-campus facilities and resources

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What equipment will I need to access online learning and support?
As a result of your course beginning with all teaching partially or fully online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in your online teaching sessions. Please check our recommended specification for your device or let us know if you think you will struggle to meet the requirements so we can look at support options. Visit our website for more information. 
How are you ensuring the campus is Covid-secure?

If and when you are on-site next term, please be assured that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.   

We have already implemented a range of measures to facilitate social distancing on campus, including one-way systems and distance markers. We have also put into practice a variety of infection control measures, including enhanced cleaning and we are following all Government guidance to ensure that our campus is Covid-19 secure. Where needed, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided for you.   

As you may know, many of our staff are practising clinicians and scientists working on the national and international response to Covid-19. Adaptations made to our site have allowed many of our researchers to work on a range of studies into coronavirus, to inform advances in new diagnostics, new treatments and a vaccine. 

When can I apply for accommodation?

Applications for our Halls of Residence are now open. You'll need your Student ID number which is referenced at the top of emails you have received from Admissions. It is a seven-digit number usually starting with 19 or 20. 

For more information about our accommodation offer and fees, and to make your application, please visit our Accommodation page.

Will facilities be available on campus from the start of the academic year?

We are already exploring plans to offer some on-site services at the start of the next academic year, but the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority so this will happen as part of a phased return to site over the coming months, always in line with Government guidance. As part of our plans for returning to site, detailed risk assessments of our activities will be undertaken at the appropriate time before any re-opening. This will include facilities like the Students’ Union rooms and social areas. Some food outlets and essential shops are open on-site, with measures in place to follow necessary Government guidance. We are exploring plans to offer some library services on-site over the summer which we hope to be able to continue into the next academic year, including silent study space, learning spaces, some computer access and printing (which is free for all students).

Will the library be open at the start of the academic year?

Our library staff have delivered a full range of services remotely since March and this will also continue next term. In addition, we anticipate being able to offer some on-site access to the Library study spaces and computer rooms within the constraints of social distancing measures.We also hope to be able to offer some access to our print books, but much of the material you will need for your course will be accessible through the virtual learning environment. Our library staff will be offering all new students a comprehensive induction.

What study skills and academic support will I have when I join St George’s?
Our Academic Success Centre provides comprehensive academic support to students and the full range of support can be delivered successfully via virtual means. Our learning development lecturers are working with programme teams to ensure that the transition to online teaching takes account of how students learn best and ensure that online delivery is accessible to all. Staff from the Academic Success Centre will be available within each course next term, providing specific sessions designed to support students to make the most of their studies.
Where can I find out more information about course terms and conditions?
You can find out more information and our detailed course terms and conditions here.
Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions team on pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk if you have any queries. Email response times are likely to be slower than usual, so we thank you for your patience in awaiting our response.  

 

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