Course Overview

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Overview of the MRes in Green Chemistry Course

MRes in Green Chemistry at Imperial College

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Why Green Chemistry

Green chemistry serves to promote the design and efficient use of environmentally benign chemicals and chemical processes, and this course will introduce key aspects of sustainable chemical practices.

Chemistry plays a pivotal role in determining the quality of modern life. The chemicals industry and other related industries supply us with a huge variety of essential products, from plastics to pharmaceuticals. However, these industries have the potential to seriously damage our environment. This is being addressed by academics and those working in industry to minimise the impact of these processes on our planet.

There is a growing demand from society for a reduced reliance on fossil fuels, and for greener manufacturing processes. There is also a need for future innovations to be built on more sustainable foundations.

These goals can be achieved by the application of green technologies, many of which rely on the application of chemical concepts.

Sample Project Areas

Course Overview

This course is designed to introduce you to key sustainable chemical practices, with nine months dedicated to a unique research project in an area of green/sustainable/environmental science.

This multidisciplinary one-year course features the involvement of several world-class departments at Imperial, including Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and the Centre for Environmental Policy.

Taught modules cover topics as diverse as:

  • Green solvents
  • Renewable chemical feedstocks
  • Conducting polymers
  • Solar cells
  • Fuel cells
  • Biofuels
  • Metal recovery and recycling

 The aims of the course align closely with those of the Centre for Environmental Policy, the Energy Futures Lab and the Grantham Institute at Imperial College and there are many interactions between them and the students and staff involved in the MRes Green Chemistry course. The course will also feature contributions from the chemical industry, including guest speakers and project supervision. Past presentations have included ones from Syngenta, GSK, SASOL and other potential employers. These invited talks provide an insight into the use of sustainable chemistry and technology in industry. A network of alumni from the programme has been set up to allow current Green Chemistry students to find out more about potential areas of employment and career paths.


Graduates of this course can expect to have all the necessary skills and experience to apply green chemical technologies in either commercial or academic laboratories, the research project in particular equipping them admirably for PhD studies.

How to apply

Please apply by completing and submiting the online Imperial College Postgraduate application form. The program you should select when completing the online application is under 'Department of Chemistry' and the course name is 'F1Y7 - MRes in Green Chemistry'.

Further application guidance:

Tuition fees and scholarships

Further information on tuition fees.

There are opportunities to gain scholarships in a competitive fashion. These will provide funding towards tuition fees and/or living expenses and will be granted on the basis of academic merit and excellence of the applicant. For a fulll list view all available scholarships for Masters study.

Applicants for the MRes in Green Chemistry may also be eligible for the Basil Furneaux Memorial Fund

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was introduced on 1 November 2007. Under this scheme, all non-EEA students who need a student visa to study in the UK on MRes course will be required to apply for ATAS clearance before applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa. 

Any students already in the UK who need to extend their student visa to commence or continue on one of the relevant courses, will also need to get ATAS clearance before making a student visa extension application. This scheme can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website and when you have your college offer, you can make your application online.

PLEASE NOTE that an ATAS certificate is only valid for 6 months from the date of issue. You must make sure that you submit your visa application before the ATAS expires!

You should apply for ATAS clearance well in advance  of your student visa application as the processing time for ATAS can be as long as 30 working days.

NB: In addition to the above, during the months of June, July, August and September, ATAS is extremely busy and so the processing time for ATAS applications can be even longer.

We receive many queries about how to complete sections of the ATAS application. Please refer to our ATAS FAQ [pdf]  in the first instance as your query may easily be resolved If the FAQs do not answer your query then please contact us or contact the ATAS team directly.

More information can be accessed on


The text below should be used to describe the MRes course in the ATAS application

  The MRes course in Green Chemistry at Imperial College London is designed to improve the students’understanding and experience in all areas of Green Chemistry by promoting the design and efficient use (i.e. resource management) of environmentally benign chemicals and chemical processes. The research project will be based in a multidisciplinary area, supervised by a chemist and another academic. This will often be a chemical engineer, biochemist or biologist, who will provide complementary expertise to the project. The student will be examining areas such as renewable feedstocks, alternative energy sources and environmental technologies. These studies will include a proposal,literature report, dissertation, oral presentations and exams.

Selected publications from MRes projects

Here is a selected list of publications that came out of MRes projects in the department of Chemsitry:


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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 admins ( or contact the course directors, Dr James Wilton -Ely And Dr Agi Brandt-Talbot:

Entry requirements

Academic requirement: 2:1 degree or higher in Chemistry, Engineering or related subject.

English requirement: IELTS 6.5 (writing and speaking 6).