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Studying with us during coronavirus in 2021

Coronavirus information for new students in 2021

If you've got questions about starting uni during the pandemic, we've got your back

Our campus is opening again and we're ready to welcome you to Team MDX! We're doing everything we can to limit the impact of the pandemic on your study plans for 2021 while keeping you safe.

We'll keep this updated regularly and get in touch with you directly about any changes to your course or application.

Studying with us in 2021

Our guide to what to expect when you start uni, including our plans for teaching and student services, as well as where to get personal advice.

Teaching and student life during coronavirus


Teaching and learning plans

We are back on campus for the majority of teaching this year, as long as restrictions allow. Universities in England currently have no restrictions on teaching although we are following guidance to help everyone feel safe. In case of any changes to government guidance, we‘ll be ready to move to teaching with more restrictions in place and continue to give you an excellent learning experience

Our courses will mainly be taught through on campus activities with supporting online learning, except for our distance education courses.We prioritise valuable contact time that takes place on campus and use technology to enhance your learning experience

Read about our plans:

Student life and accommodation

We'll make sure you get plenty of chances to be social and make new connections when you start here. There's no need to worry, we've got lots of support in place to help you make the academic step up to uni and settle into your new life

Our approach to admissions

We want to give you the best possible chance of joining us so we’ll always aim to be as flexible as possible. We look at your application on an individual basis and take into consideration any challenges you may have faced in your learning, because of coronavirus or other issues.

If you have a place with us and you decide to appeal your results then we'll be as flexible as we can while you wait for the review.

We’re following updates closely and we’ll work with exam boards, schools and colleges when we’re looking at your application. We’ll let you have more info when we have it.

Assessments and exams

Changes to A Levels and BTEC

If you're studying A Levels - your teachers' estimated grades will be used to assess you this year as exams are cancelled. If you're studying a BTEC - your exams will take place as planned.

Results Day in England is Tuesday 10 August.

If you're unhappy with your results

Results Day is earlier this year to give students more time to appeal their grades if they need to. If you think that your A Level, BTEC or other exam results are wrong, then you will also have more options for challenging them this year. This includes options for appeal if your school or college made a mistake or if you feel that you have faced discrimination.

Exam cancellations and changes in 2021

Personal advice on your options

Starting uni this year is a positive step towards the future you want, especially if you feel that your life has been on hold since the pandemic started.

We understand that there will be lots of personal factors in your decision about where to study this year. We're being really clear about what you can expect when you join us too. Read about our plans for your learning and student experience

We're here to give you the support and info you need to make the right choice. Talk to us on the phone, on social and join our virtual events to get personal advice.

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When you apply to a postgraduate course during coronavirus, we want to reassure you that:

  • We'll continue to give equal consideration to all applications regardless of where you are from, or where you live
  • We don't have any plans to change the term, enrolment or induction dates advertised on the website
  • We're constantly reviewing the deadlines we have attached to conditions of acceptance.

If you're worried about meeting your offer

We understand that everything that's happened recently means that your undergraduate studies might have been impacted, for example you've achieved a different result than expected. Get in touch with us if you're worried and we'll be happy to discuss your application with you.


We're looking forward to welcoming international students to our London campus in September. Here's what you need to know about joining us in the UK.

Online study options

  • If you have travel restrictions to the UK, we’re aiming to give you the option to start some courses online with support to learn from your home country for at least the first term.
  • If there are still concerns or restrictions around travel to the UK in your country then we're also aiming to give you this option.
  • Check the 'Teaching' section of your course page to see if what you want to study has this online option.

Rules for travelling to England

Red list countries

If you’ve travelled from or through a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK, you must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test before you travel
  • Quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel in the UK
  • Take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2, and on or after day 8 of quarantine.

We recommend that you arrive in the UK by 1 September 2021 so you finish quarantining in time to join your induction and Welcome Week.

Amber list countries

If you’ve travelled from or through an amber list country in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK, you must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test before you travel
  • Quarantine for 10 days in the place you are staying
  • Take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantine.

If you are staying in our halls of residence, you can self-isolate in your room there. Our accommodation team will stay in touch with you throughout your isolation and they can help with shopping for food and essentials.

We recommend that you arrive in the UK by 1 September 2021 so you finish quarantining in time to join your induction and Welcome Week.

Green list countries

If you’ve travelled from a country on the green list, you must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test before you travel
  • Take a Covid-19 test 2 days after arrival in England.

You don’t need to self-isolate on your arrival.

To check to see if you’re on the red, amber or green list and to find out about quarantining and tests in the UK visit the UK Government website. 

Support for quarantine in the UK

Financial support

We will cover the cost up to £210 of any Covid testing you are required to take on arrival in the UK, in line with Government guidance.

Personal support

We’re here for you and to help you take extra care of your physical and mental health during your period of isolation. You can let them know what you need including:

  • A check in call from our Counselling and Mental Health team
  • Advice and support for paying your bills, buying essentials like food, and other welfare concerns

Covid-19 vaccination

Anyone can get the Covid-19 vaccination for free when you’re in the UK, as long as you’re over 18. You can book your vaccinations once you have registered with a local GP in the UK.

There’s more information in the NHS vaccination FAQs.

Passenger locator form

Before travelling to the UK, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form. The form must be completed 48 hours before you travel and you’ll need it when you check in or board during your journey. If you don’t have the form, you may get a fine and you may not be allowed to enter the UK.

Get more information on the passenger locator form at the UK Government website.

More questions?

If you want to discuss any part of your application, then contact the regional office in your home country for support.

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Information and advice

Discover Middlesex

We've put everything you need to know about your subject, student life and support in one place. Plus you can get advice for your application to uni too.

Go to Discover Middlesex

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