Course Overview

Since the landmark achievements of Nobel laureate, Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson in catalysis, Imperial College has been known internationally as a centre for catalysis research and this tradition continues today with over 30 members of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering departments active in the area. Companies such as BP, INEOS, Sasol, Johnson Matthey, Pfizer, AstraZeneca all have research and development facilities in the UK. Researchers from many of these companies will deliver taught elements of this course, and therefore the students will have the opportunity to learn from and network with future employers first hand. The training offered by this course within an internationally-leading institution will open a variety of international career options to our students, either within the framework of a PhD programme or within industry.

MRes Catalysis Handbook 2017-18

Links to External Partners

Industrial partners and other potential employers are involved in various aspects of the programme. Presenters from Syngenta, GSK, SASOL, Johnson Matthey, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and others provide an insight into the use of sustainable chemistry and technology in industry through lecture courses offered to the course participants.


Details of all scholarships for Masters courses can be found here.

How to Apply

All Postgraduate applications must be submitted online, please click here to apply.

Guidance on how to apply can be found on the Postgraduate webpages.

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For further details of the course please consult the links to the documents on the left of this page. If these do not answer your query, please email the Chemistry MRes admin ( or contact the Course Director Dr George Britovsek.

Entry requirements

Academic requirement: 2:1 degree or higher in Chemistry, Engineering or related subject. A modest level of background chemistry or engineering knowledge is assumed.

English requirement: IELTS 6.5 Overall (minimum 6.0 in all elements).