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Molecular Science and Engineering

Imperial College London
1 year
Full time
Master's degree

About this program

Molecular Science and Engineering

Specialists in broad aspects of molecular science and engineering are increasingly in demand. Industries and research agencies need skilled scientists and engineers to work effectively and seamlessly together in order to tackle the challenges they face.

Rapid progress in our understanding of molecular science now allows us to make, measure and model materials with unprecedented accuracy. This presents a great opportunity to engineer better materials and molecular systems in response to the grand challenges faced by society.

This one-year full-time MRes course provides you with a systematic understanding of Molecular Science and Engineering and a critical awareness of the current challenges and research in the area.

The MRes is aimed at a broad intake of graduates from science and engineering backgrounds, providing advanced integration skills, as well as an understanding of multiple scales, from molecular interactions to whole systems.

Collaboration is embedded in the course through integrated coursework and extended research projects: you undertake industrial placements to gain a high-level perspective of the research challenge and its context.

This is followed by a three-month research project at Imperial, with close supervision by two academics from different departments.

Admission requirements

Language requirement

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. 

For more information about the requirement please visit the university website.

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Program content

Introductory components

These components ensure a broad skill-set for the integrated curriculum.

  • Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering
  • Underpinning Molecular Science

Advanced core modules

  • Measuring – Analysis and Characterisation
  • Making – Synthesis of Polymeric Systems
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Design of Molecular Systems
  • Multiscale Modelling – Understanding, Visualising, and Predicting

Research projects

The research projects form the heart of the MRes programme. Each project has two parts: an integrated collaborative industrial placement (3 months), and continuation of this project in research labs at Imperial College. The projects are jointly supervised by two Imperial academics from different disciplines, and an industrial partner.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.


The tuition fee for Home and EU Students 2020 entry is £14.000 per year.

The tuition fee for Overseas and Islands Students 2020 entry is £32,500 per year.

Career paths

Our MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering is aimed at a broad intake of exceptional graduates from science and engineering backgrounds who are excited to pursue collaborative, trans-disciplinary research of an applied nature. It will equip you the with fundamental and applied skills for a PhD or career in industry.

About this institute

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is one of the top universities in the world and the only university in the UK to focus exclusively on science, engineering, medicine and business. What makes Imperial special is not just the quality of our teaching...

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SW7 2AZ London


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