Do you have a Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Materials, Mathematics or Engineering degree?
Are you interested in Multidisciplinary Nanomaterials research?
If so, see how our research and training in Nanomaterials is helping to shape our future...


Why Nanomaterials?

MRes students Nanotechnology represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with the natural world, and is set to deliver some of the major scientific and technological advances of the future. The massive global investment in nanotechnology means that scientists who are trained to work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment bridging the diverse fields of chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering will play a vital role in shaping that future.

Combining interdisciplinary teaching with cutting edge research, Imperial College's flagship Masters Degree in Nanomaterials is designed to train the next generation of nanotechnologists. Imperial College is a world class research institution with internationally leading expertise and facilities. Its nanomaterials course is a demanding one and competition for places is intense. Academic excellence and a willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment are a prerequisite. Applicants are rigorously assessed to ensure they are able to meet the demands of the course, with an emphasis on promotion of equality and diversity within the programme. In all these aspects the course exemplifies the College’s strategic intent to meet the needs of society and industry by harnessing its multidisciplinary strengths, and to attract the top tier of students worldwide. Successful candidates carry out a major nine months long research project, and visit state-of-the-art research laboratories in industry and academia.

Successful candidates carry out a nine months long research project, will be expected to present results at an international conference in the late spring and will visit state-of-the-art research laboratories in industry and academia.

Students follow taught courses in Solar Energy, Nanotubes, Biological Chemistry, Theory, modelling and simulation of nanoscale system and Materials Characterisation. There is also a course of advanced lectures with tailored topics relating directly to the latest advances in Nanomaterials given by leaders in their field of research. These taught components are all examined by written examination in either January or May. At the beginning of the research project you will prepare a detailed literature review and project plan and towards the end will present your findings in a project report and in an assessed talk at the MRes Symposium.

Course Overview

A one year (full-time) stand-alone multidisciplinary MRes course that will develop your expertise in multidisciplinary Nanomaterials research, and provide a deep understanding of Nanomaterials together with radical insights into future directions from leaders in the field.

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 'F1Y4 - MRes in Nanomaterials'.

Further application guidance:

Tuition fees and scholarships

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.

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.

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

The MRes course in Nanomaterials at Imperial College London aims to provide theoretical and hands-on practical training to equip students to carry out state-of-the-art nanomaterials research in future PhD studies at University or in Industry; we encourage an analytical approach to a wide range of topics relevant to research and industry and provide training in communication of scientific results

The course consists of a set of lectures and a research project. In the Autumn term core lectures cover the synthesis, characterisation and modelling of nanostructures, as well as some of their applications, particularly in solar energy. Lectures in the spring term provide brief introductions to specific advanced topics, such as microfluidics, nanomedicine, single molecule detection, etc.

The ten month research project is conducted within active research groups at Imperial College and typically involves two supervisors with experience of different aspects of nanomaterials research. The project starts with a review of existing literature and a project planning phase. The new research can be conducted in either experimental or computational laboratories. A broad range of projects are offered. Broadly, the projects usually involve relating device or material performance to underlying nanostructure.

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:

Prof. Nicholas Harrison
Prof Saif Haque

Entry requirements

Academic requirement: 2:1 degree or higher in a relevant subject (particularly in subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Materials, Biochemistry and Engineering) from a UK institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.

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