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MSc Earthquake Engineering October 2010

MSc Earthquake Engineering October 2010

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Programme Specification for the MSc Earthquake Engineering

PLEASE NOTE. This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. This specification provides a source of information for students and prospective students seeking an understanding of the nature of the programme and may be used by the College for review purposes and sent to external examiners. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module can be found in the course handbook or on-line at http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/structuralengineering/msccourses. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed by the College and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

1. Awarding Institution: 2. Teaching Institution: 3. External Accreditation by Professional / Statutory Body: 4. Name of Final Award (BEng / BSc / MEng etc): 5. Programme Title: 6. Name of Department / Division: 7. Name of Faculty: 8. UCAS Code (or other coding system if relevant):

Imperial College London Imperial College London IStructE/ICE/IHIE/IHT
MSc and DIC (Equates to 90 ECTS Credits)

Earthquake Engineering Civil & Environmental Engineering Engineering Not applicable

9. Relevant QAA Subject Benchmarking Group(s) and/or other external/internal reference points Engineering 10. Level(s) of programme within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ): Master’s (MSc, MRes) Level 7

11. Mode of Study Full Time / Part Time 12. Language of Study: English 13. Date of production / revision of this programme specification October 2010:

MSc Earthquake Engineering

• Provide the basis for the recognition and understanding of the major features of structural engineering. • Provide an introduction to the subject for students from other relevant disciplines Distinctive features of this programme include a strong quantitative element and pathways focussing on different elements of structural engineering through a diverse set of options supported by world-class teaching and research expertise in relevant disciplines. These courses are career-orientated and cover both the theoretical background and practical design considerations. The electives enable students to develop a primary study theme. to a total of 12 modules in completion of the programmes. students undertake either one two-week conceptual design project and a major investigative research dissertation. or advancement in. • Foster the acquisition and implementation of broad research and analytical skills related to structural engineering. and to think about the issues and challenges of the material. The courses consist of a number of core subjects and electives modules which are taken in the first two terms. The programme aims to: • Produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in seismic analysis and design in industry. in addition to electives in both taught terms. For certain spring term modules. the related module in autumn term is a prerequisite. written and graphical communication To provide students with sufficient material to explore the subject. from the UK and overseas. to carry out selforganised study. In the final five months of the courses. the public sector and non-governmental organisations. background and physical disability. • Attract highly motivated students irrespective of race. The courses attach considerable importance to design which is reflected in the design projects undertaken as part of the Design and Construction core module which is assessed entirely by courseand project work. coordinated and balanced degree programme. gender. integrating core engineering science with practical application To enable students to acquire a mature appreciation of the context in which engineering projects are developed within the industry To develop in our students excellence in oral. professional practice The Earthquake Engineering MSc/DIC course at Imperial College provides advanced training in the seismic design of structures. MSc Earthquake Engineering . • Develop an understanding of how this knowledge may be applied in practice in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner. or two two-week conceptual design projects and a major detailed design oriented project.14. • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the community including vocational training. Educational aims/objectives of the programme: The Aims of all MSc programmes provided by the Department are: • • • • To provide students with a solid technical basis in the key areas of the engineering profession through delivery of a coherent. All core courses must be taken. in preparation for. The courses are suitable for practicing engineers with several years’ experience and recent graduates.

Practical experimental or computational skills (C1 to C3) are developed through project work. 2. Throughout the students are encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught/learnt and to broaden their individual knowledge and understanding of the subject. formulate and apply appropriate solutions (B). In addition to this students must undertake. Knowledge and Understanding A. plan and execute safely a series of experiments or computations (B). safety and social and • Assessment is through coursework. analyse results. principles and theories relevant to the student’s chosen area of research (B). presentation and dissertation focussing on the research project (A1-4). unseen environmental impact. research techniques which might include information retrieval. modelling and safety. presentations and a final dissertation or 3. coursework. a selection of the major topics in the subject. analyse and solve problems using a • Intellectual skills are developed through the multidisciplinary approach. integrate and critically evaluate information (B). identify. project reports. 3. the research-project aspects of the programme C Practical skills – include the ability to: 1. 2. their recognition and underlying fundamental principles. concepts. including problem definition. seminars. 4. the essential facts. teamwork. Knowledge and understanding of: 1. benefits. and present. prepare technical reports (B). 3. experimental design and statistics. and make recommendations (B). A4 is also supported by attendance at a number of skills workshops offered by voluntary GSEPS. written and oral reports. Skills and other attributes B Intellectual (thinking) skills – include the ability Teaching/learning methods and strategies to: 1. plan. 2. and fieldwork all specifically designed to achieve these aims using both . use laboratory methods or field methods or computer-based tools to generate data (B). computer-based work. written examinations. project design. Teaching/learning methods and strategies Acquisition of A1 to A4 is through a combination of lectures. management and communication skills.15. determine their strength and validity. conduct and write-up a programme of • B1-B4 are particularly called upon during original research (B). at least one conceptual design project. MSc Earthquake Engineering Practical skills Practical skills are developed through the teaching and learning programme outlined above . decision processes. scientific publications (B). applying teaching and learning methods outlined professional judgements to balance above costs. Assessment of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations (A1-4) and assessed coursework (A1-4) as well as an individual literature review. Programme Learning Outcomes 1. 4. 2. detailed design project 4. laboratory work.

practical work and during individual research projects. 16. 8. 3. Skill D1 is assessed through written examinations. Skill D2 is taught through lectures.5. apply knowledge and modelling skills. it is the key to success on the course and must be learnt at an early stage. learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development (B). 5. Skills D2 to D5 are assessed through coursework of all kinds. 6. use the scientific literature effectively (B). D Transferable skills – include the ability to: 1. Skills C4 and C5 are taught and developed through workshops feedback on written reports and presentations. it is a vocational course. Transferable Skills The entire course is designed to develop transferable skills. project design and evaluation needs (B). written examinations and a dissertation. Skill C6 is developed throughout the course. 9. use Information and Communications Technology (B). particularly during the individual research project. 2. Skills D6 to D9 are not assessed formally but informally through tutorials as their absence would result in the student failing. transfer techniques and solutions from one discipline to another. and written reports (B). objective criteria. Skill D7 is developed throughout the course within a framework of staged coursework deadlines. management skills: decision processes. which is structured and delivered in such a way as to promote them whilst not explicitly teaching them. and by formal examination of individual competences. computer processing and presentations. course work and oral presentations. Skills D8 and D9 are encouraged and developed throughout the course. give technical presentations (B). Practical skills are assessed through coursework. independent and group work. Skills D3 to D6 are developed throughout the course by its various project work exercises. 6. 7. The following reference points were used in creating this programme specification • • • • • • Subject benchmarking information for Civil and Environmental Engineering Student Handbook for Course approved by Senate of Imperial College Marking Scheme for Advanced Courses approved by Senate of Imperial College Cluster handbook on Assessment Requirements of the relevant Professional Bodies Imperial College’s QA Procedures MSc Earthquake Engineering . project reports and presentations. in this case focussed on concrete but applicable to the application of science and engineering in other areas of structural engineering Skill D1 is taught through workshops and feedback on reports and oral presentations. problem definition. together with project supervisor(s). learn independently with open-mindedness and critical enquiry (B). 4. manage resources and time (B). communicate effectively through oral presentations. integrate and evaluate information from a variety of sources (B).

35 Struct. An individual investigative design or research oriented project (final project) is carried out continuously from May. Programme structure and features.34 Struct. curriculum units (modules).18 Module Name ECTS H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 H2A3 Reinforced Concrete I Engineering Seismology Finite Element Analysis Structural Dynamics Reinforced Concrete II Nonlinear Structural Analysis Seismic Design of Concrete Structures Structural Reliability Theory Steel Components Seismic Design of Steel Structures Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering Structural Stability Plated Structures Structural Analysis Design of Bridges Design Project-Dissertation Project 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 30 The modules are assessed by means of unseen examination papers.17. The following tables lists the modules to be undertaken by students on the programmes to which this Specification refers. MSc Earthquake Engineering . not the individual modules as follows: ECTS allocations are listed above by module and in the following tables by assessment. ECTS are allocated to the assessment.6 Struct.24 Struct.9 Struct. for completion of all requirements of the degrees: Modules Undertaken Bold denotes core modules. design projects and a major dissertation. Code Struct.8 Struct. This is in line with the policy on assessment of advanced postgraduate courses provided by Imperial College London. The overall pass mark is 50% with a requirement to achieve 50% in the taught modules (written examination and associated coursework) and 50% in the final project/dissertation. courseworks.22 Struct.11 Struct. From May onwards.5 Struct.21 Struct.2 Struct. ECTS assignment and award requirements Students take a mixture of core and elective modules in the first term (October-December) and second term (January-March).19 Struct.13 Struct.26 Struct. all student time is devoted to the final project.36 Struct.

to which all students and staff are invited. the student attends College full time for a term in each of three years. Safety and use of support facilities. is held in the first few weeks. They are encouraged to begin to put in place those arrangements that are deemed appropriate MSc Earthquake Engineering . not less than 50% overall average and not less than 40% in any individual module 5 per module 20 Total Conducted over summer term 50% minimum pass mark 30 total The programmes are also offered on a part time basis. In term release mode. Students are required to attend course modules lectures and submit coursework assignments. Students are advised of available dissertation topics in February and are required to select their topic by March. In addition. Throughout their period of part time study. including ICT and computing • introductions to the library and information retrieval. In day release mode. but attendance at College is spread over two or three years on a day release or term release basis. A series of Maths Workshops are made available to students to assist with the mathematical components of the programmes. Term 1 (autumn) All MSc students attend an induction programme. they meet with their Personal Tutor.H2A3 Components Core Modules Steel Components Structural Dynamics Finite Element Analysis Engineering Seismology Reinforced Concrete I Seismic Design of Steel Structures Seismic Design of Concrete Structures Nonlinear Structural Analysis Elective Modules Plated Structures Reinforced Concrete II Structural Reliability Theory Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Structural Analysis Structural Stability Project/Dissertation work MSc in Earthquake Engineering Explanation of element components 9 x 2 hour Examinations/Coursework Pass. referencing and avoiding plagiarism • Cluster staff. students are supported through contact with their Personal Tutors and other members of staff. Term 2 (spring) Examination are held in the first week of the Spring Term to cover the Autumn Term modules. the programme of studies. the timetable and assessment. Those students with perceived English language deficiencies are encouraged to at this stage to seek remedial support from the English Language Support Unit. An evening social event. not less than 50% overall average and not less than 40% in any individual module ECTS 5 per module 40 total 3 x 2 hour Examinations/Coursework Pass. which includes the following: • an introduction to the Department. The academic requirements associated with the part time modes are the same as those for full time study. students attend College between one and two days per week over two or three years.

18. Following the examinations all students must undertake a two week conceptual design project followed either by the research dissertation or a further two week conceptual design project and then the Major Design Project. introduction to library and information technology. which includes information on the campus. course structure and descriptions of each module. The Research Dissertation is also primarily based on the written document. ‘The Imperial Study Guide for Masters Students’ College Publication Favourable Staff: Student ratio A large community of postgraduate research students and postdoctoral research workers who work in the general area of Structural Engineering. Students dedicate themselves full-time to their investigative design or research orientated project. but may involve an industrial collaboration. again 1st and 2nd marked. initially marked by the supervisor. Those students opting for the Detailed Design project are given their project specifications at the commencement of their projects. and the Department MSc Student Handbook. industrial contributors and other MSc Students.for their research projects from March onwards and especially to focus on developing an understanding of the research problem. and 2nd marked by another academic. advisory services. The Design project assessment is based primarily on the written document. at this stage it is expected that the students have a full understanding of the nature and needs associated with the project. All projects and dissertations are conducted at Imperial College. project dissertations and health & safety A separate introduction to examination and assessment procedures. The research programmes in the department provide general as well as specific support Excellent library facilities including group and quiet study spaces. then presented to members of staff. Term 3 (summer) The first two weeks of the Summer Term are given over to examination of the modules undertaken in the Spring Term. further scrutiny is provided the External Examiner and the Board of Examiners. and access to computers Access to thousands of print and electronic book and journal titles Access to inter-library loan service Access to other resources and facilities such as wireless access and Faculty Learning Technologist Access to external libraries such as the Institution of Civil Engineers Library. then defended by the student at viva-voce examination attended by both markers. Support for students and their learning: • • • • • • • • • • • • • An induction programme for orientation. Dedicated computing facilities Representation on the Department MSc Staff-Student Liaison Committee and the College Graduate Student Association MSc Earthquake Engineering . Subsequently.

Processes used to select students: Selection is primarily based on the information supplied in the application and supporting documentation. A number of candidates are interviewed in each cycle. and are subject to the approval of the Graduate School.• • • • • • • • • Student email and open personal access to tutorial staff including the Course Director. and all decisions are joint. with particular weight being given to the reference letters. few such applications are made. assessment. e. personal tutors. Criteria for admission: The minimum qualification for consideration for admission is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering from a UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification. Where an applicant has a lesser degree qualification but has substantial work experience and outstanding references. the Admissions Panel may. and a series of seminars and recruitment presentations by industry representatives Access to all GSEPS courses. Postgraduate Tutor and Course lecturers Access to student counsellors on the South Kensington site Access to Teaching and Learning Support Services.g. on careers Students are exposed to prospective employers and to industry practices by visiting lecturers from industry. which provide assistance and guidance. MSc Earthquake Engineering . 20. Boards of Examiners comment on the assessment procedures within the College and may suggest improvements for action by relevant departmental teaching Committees. post-graduate tutor. 21. Methods for evaluating and improving the quality and standards of teaching and learning. safety officer and the MSc Management Group Open access to GTA run mathematics workshops Employer needs and opinions are fed into the programme through input to lectures and supervision of projects Much support material is available electronically via the Blackboard system 19. exceptionally. a) Methods for review and evaluation of teaching. notification of which is provided by email from the Postgraduate Office Access to a Departmental Disability Officer. Historical knowledge and familiarity with qualifications presented inform judgements. learning. work experience and academic history. make a special case for admission. All applications are reviewed by an Admissions Panel. the curriculum and outcome standards: The external examiner system and Boards of Examiners are central to the process by which the College monitors the reliability and validity of its assessment procedures and academic standards. Director of Postgraduate Studies. or an Upper Second Class Honours degree in another engineering discipline or a science-based subject from a UK academic institution or equivalent overseas qualification with relevant experience.

both in teaching and research. undertaking reviews of new and existing courses. Annual staff appraisal Annual peer observation of teaching External Examiner’s reports b) Committees with responsibility for monitoring and evaluating quality and standards: The Senate oversees the quality assurance and regulation of degrees offered by the College. At programme level. noting minor changes in existing programme MSc Earthquake Engineering . The Quality Assurance Advisory Committee (QAAC) is the main forum for discussion of QA policy and the regulation of degree programmes at College level.The Faculty Studies Committees and the Graduate Schools’ Postgraduate Quality Committees review and consider the reports of external examiners and accrediting bodies and conduct periodic (normally quinquennial) and internal reviews of teaching provision. and overseeing the processes of quality assurance. This accreditation recognised our MSc programmes as “Periods of Further Learning” towards Chartership. based on feedback from students questionnaires Annual course review prepared by the Course Director and considered by the Course Committee and the MSc Teaching Committee Biennial review of the course by an Imperial College academic staff member from outside the department with a report and grading to the Graduate School of Engineering & Physical Sciences Management (or Executive) Committee MSc Staff – Student Committee. It also maintains an overview of the statistics on completion rates. QAAC also considers amendments to the Academic Regulations before making recommendations for change to the Senate. Additionally. and with regulating and supervising the education and discipline of the students of the College. Their remit includes: setting the standards and framework. student appeals and disciplinaries. The Department’s MSc courses are accredited by the relevant professional engineering and science Institutions via the quinquennial Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) review. examination irregularities (including cases of plagiarism). withdrawals. the Head of Department has overall responsibility for academic standards and the quality of the educational experience delivered within the department. held each term. with report to MSc Teaching Committee. for the areas within their remit. Regular reviews ensure that there is opportunity to highlight examples of good practice and ensure that recommendations for improvement can be made. at local level: • • • • • • • Module reviews. It has responsibility for approval of changes to the Academic Regulations. Accreditation provides the College with additional assurance that its programmes are of an appropriate standard and relevant to the requirement of industry and the professions. It is charged with promoting the academic work of the College. The Faculty Studies Committees and Graduate School Postgraduate Quality Committees are the major vehicle for the quality assurance of undergraduate / postgraduate courses respectively. major changes to degree programmes and approval of new programmes. QAAC develops and advises the Senate on the implementation of codes of practice and procedures relating to quality assurance and audit of quality and arrangements necessary to ensure compliance with national and international standards. monitoring the provision and quality of e-learning.

Additionally.curricula approved by Departments. This is done in letter format using grades as indications of progress b. changes in module titles. The Faculty Studies Committees and the Graduate School Postgraduate Quality Committees receive regular reports from the Departmental Teaching Committees. The Faculty Teaching Committees maintain and develop teaching strategies and promote interdepartmental and inter-faculty teaching activities to enhance the efficiency of teaching within Faculties. and the discontinuation of existing programmes. They also identify and disseminate examples of good practice in teaching. c. Marked and annotated Coursework is returned to students d. approving new modules. major changes in examination structure and programme specifications for existing programmes. industry-supervision of projects. GTAS. and making recommendations to Senate as appropriate. They also consider the details of entrance requirements and determine departmental postgraduate student numbers. Departmental Teaching Committees have responsibility for the approval of minor changes to course curricula and examination structures and approve arrangements for course work. at local level: • Postgraduate Staff – Student Liaison Committee • Meetings between Course Director and MSc student representatives • Board of Examiners – meets in September to consider awards • Departmental MSc Teaching Committee and MSc Management Group • Employer needs and opinions feed into the programme through frequent guest lecturers from industry. The Course Director is responsible for action on points raised with the relevant member of staff where necessary SSLC – minutes (including actionable items) are posted to the Department Intranet Meetings with Personal Tutors Mechanisms for monitoring the effectiveness of the personal tutoring system: • • • Staff-student Liaison committee meetings Student Feedback questionnaires Term reports of meetings between students and Personal Tutors MSc Earthquake Engineering . and reviewing proposals for new programmes. specifically trained in the marking of coursework and minor project elements are used to ensure return of marked work within the 4-week specification. others distribute written overviews d) Mechanisms for gaining student feedback on the quality of teaching and their learning experience and how students are provided with feedback as to actions taken as a result of their comments: • • • e) Student Feedback Questionnaires – reports are sent to individual staff. Some academic staff provide verbal feedback in class. and collaboration between academic staff and industry in research and consultancy c) Mechanisms for providing prompt feedback to students on their performance in course work and examinations and processes for monitoring that these named processes are effective: a. Students are advised on their progress in examinations within six weeks of the sittings.

or (c) Pass with Distinction would normally be awarded if the aggregate mark for the examinations and associated coursework is not less than 70% AND the mark for the dissertation is not less than 70% AND the MSc is completed in 12 months MSc Earthquake Engineering . Nominations for these awards come from across the College and students are invited both to nominate staff and to sit on the deciding panels.f) Mechanisms for recognising and rewarding excellence in teaching and in pastoral care: Staff are encouraged to reflect on their teaching. • The staff appraisal scheme and institutional staff development courses. • The College Teaching Development Grant Scheme that funds the development of new teaching and appraisal methods 22. Regulation of Assessment a) Assessment Rules and Degree Classification: The MSc degree is awarded to any student who achieves all of the following: (1) An aggregate mark of not less than 50% in all examinations and associated coursework. AND (2) A mark of not less than 50% in the major project or dissertation * In line with the policy on assessment of advanced postgraduate courses provided by Imperial College. in order to introduce enhancements and develop innovative teaching methods. Further staff development occurs through: • Active research programmes in Structural Engineering. pastoral care or research supervision. the MSc degree will be awarded in one of the following classifications: (a) Pass (see above). available each year. is presented to a member of staff who has demonstrated an original and innovative approach to teaching. no compensation will be given in assessments in which a candidate has achieved less than 40% in one or more of the examination papers Provided that all thee of the above criteria are satisfied. Each year College awards are presented to academic staff for outstanding contributions to teaching. Each probationary lecturer is allocated a mentor. A special award for Teaching Innovation. g) Staff development priorities for this programme include: All new lecturing staff are required to undertake CASLAT and Workshops appropriate to teaching. one of the requirements of the mentor is to audit teaching. or (b) Pass with Merit would normally be awarded if the aggregate mark of all examinations and associated coursework is not less than 60% AND the mark for the dissertation is not less than 60% AND the MSc is completed in 12 months.

at the discretion of the Examiners. (a) Enter the examination in those elements in which he/she was not able to be examined on the next occasion when the examination is held in order to complete the examination.59. shall be submitted to the Academic Registrar who will submit them to the Board of Examiners. d) Processes for determining degree classification for borderline candidates: For postgraduate taught programmes: Candidates should only be considered for promotion to Pass.9% 0% .69. A External Examiner is appointed for each course. Nevertheless. Merit or Distinction if their aggregate mark is within 2.49.5% from the borderline. report) at a date specified by the Board of Examiners concerned. Applications. The role of External Examiner is that of moderator.5% of the relevant borderline.Summary of grades.100% 60% . The special examination shall be in the same format as specified in the course regulations for the element(s) missed. and normally serve for 3 years.9% 50% . In such cases the necessary extra marks should be credited to bring the candidate’s aggregate mark into the higher range.g. or (b) be set a special examination in those elements of the examination missed as soon as possible and/or be permitted to submit any work prescribed (e.9% INTERPRETATION Marks represent a distinction (truly exceptional or excellent) performance Marks represent a pass with merit Marks represent an acceptable performance at MSc level Marks represent a fail performance b) Marking Schemes for postgraduate taught programmes: See a) Assessment Rules and Degree Classification c) Processes for dealing with mitigating circumstances: For postgraduate taught programmes: A candidate for a Master’s degree who is prevented owing to illness or the death of a near relative or other cause judged sufficient by the Graduate Schools from completing at the normal time the examination or Part of the examination for which he/she has entered may. marks and their interpretation for MSc degree classification GRADE A B/C D E MARKS 70% . MSc Earthquake Engineering . candidates whom the Board deems to have exceptional circumstances may be considered for promotion even if their aggregate mark is more than 2. e) Role of external examiners: External examiners (from other universities and research institutes) are nominated by the MSc Academic Board and approved by the Graduate School of Engineering & Physical Sciences Management (or Executive) Committee. which must be accompanied by a medical certificate or other statement of the grounds on which the application is made.

External examiners are required to attend each meeting of the Board of Examiners where recommendations on the results of individual examinations are considered.imperial. Demand from industry for part-time participation on the full MSc courses for the Continuing Professional Development through taking individual modules Accreditation by the Institution of Civil Engineers.ac. Key sources of information about the programme can be found in: Key sources of information about this course can be found in: • Postgraduate Prospectus. the Institution of Structural Engineers the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Logistics and Transport Pass rates 24. Independent review of the quality of the educational provision of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department by the Quality Assurance Agency subject review process. assessment of examination scripts.ac.imperial. projects and coursework and in some cases will attend viva voce examinations. 23.cv. Although external examiners do not have power of veto their views carry considerable weight and will be treated accordingly.uk) MSc Earthquake Engineering . External examiners are also responsible for approval of draft question papers. Demand from industry for graduates from the course. • • • • • • • • Indicators of Quality and Standards Employability and favourable comments by External Examiners Progression to research training in Environmental Engineering and related areas Review of the Departmental Management Committee of the internal Annual Monitoring Report. Imperial College London (available on-line http://www.uk) • Postgraduate Training in Structural Engineering at Imperial College (available on-line http://www.The primary duty of external examiners is to ensure that the degrees awarded by the College are consistent with that of the national university system.uk/courses/msc/pg_index. External examiners are required to write an annual report to the Rector of Imperial College which may include observations on teaching. course structure and course content as well as the examination process as a whole.ac. The College provides feedback to external examiners in response to recommendations made within their reports.asp) • MSc Course Handbook & Assessment Handbook (available on request to cvenquiries@imperial.

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