MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering

***The admissions system for 2018 entry is now open. *** The first interviews for this year's entry were held in February, and the next are scheduled for April 2018.
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About the Programme

The one-year MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering is designed to create a new generation of 'multilingual', transdisciplinary scientists and engineers.

Graduates are in high demand, in academia and industry, as companies seek to enhance their workforce with skilled scientists and engineers who can work effectively and collaboratively to tackle the challenges they face.

The course includes both taught modules and a six-month research project, normally conducted with an industrial partner.

Students benefit from the world-class teaching and facilities on offer at Imperial, and get to experience the vibrancy of living in London.


MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering


The MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering training provides students with advanced transdisciplinary collaborative skills, as well as an understanding of subject across multiple scales – from molecular-scale interactions to whole manufacturing systems.

The one-year course follows this basic structure, but please note that modules shown are subject to change depending on the year of entry:

Term One (autumn)

Introductory modules
  • Underpinning Molecular Science: Science Principles for Engineers
  • Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering: Engineering Principles for Scientists

These bespoke modules are designed to provide a firm grounding for all students – no matter their background – in the underlying science and engineering foundations at the interface of molecular science and engineering. These modules also allow students to get to know one another and work in a collaborative manner.

Once the common basis for all students is achieved, a series of advanced modules – cutting across engineering and the molecular sciences – are taught:

Core modulesThe different scales of molecular science and engineering - intersecting triangles
  • Designing Molecular Systems for Sustainability: Learn to tackle complex design problems (e.g., optimisation, machine learning, as well as the relation between experiments, models and design) and computer-aided approaches.
  • Manufacturing Processes: Learn principles of operation, performance, conceptual design, scale-up/scale-out and the role of molecular-level descriptions.
  • Multiscale Modelling – Understanding, Visualising, and Predicting: Learn multiscale modelling, from atomic/molecular-scale through to plant-process-scale, while retaining a molecular-level link. This module includes concepts in quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo and mesoscale simulations, molecular-based equations of state, computational fluid dynamics, and process simulation.
  • Measuring – Analysis and Characterisation: Learn how to make measurements for a specific application, at the appropriate length and time scale. This module includes learning to extract important parameters that underpin the behaviour of the material characterisation.
  • Making – Synthesis for Device Manufacture: Learn to make new materials, in specific areas of modern synthetic chemistry that are relevant to device design. This module includes the study of polymer chemistry, metal-organic frameworks, nanomaterials, zeolites and bio-inspired synthesis for device design.

During the first term, each student is also allocated a focused collaborative research project, normally with an industrial partner (to commence in the spring term).

Term Two (spring)

I find it fascinating that by predicting and controlling matter at the molecular level, we can engineer the best solutions to specific real-world problems at a macroscopic level."

Mr Xabier Jimenez Garcia

IMSE MRes Student

At the start of the term, the core modules and the associated assessments are completed.

Students then write a short research proposal for their project, before beginning their research.

The initial part of the six-month research projects are usually conducted through a work placement at an industrial partner. These placements allow students to gain first-hand experience of the real issues and challenges faced in a variety of industrial sectors and different companies. 

Upon completion of the work placements, students return to College to continue their high-quality, practical and collaborative research under the supervision of two Imperial academics in different departments. 

Term Three (summer)

Woman lectures to an audience during a seminarIn the final term, students continue to work on their individual research projects.

As a culmination of this work, students write up their work in the form of a research article. Students also present their results at the Annual IMSE MRes Symposium Day, to an audience of industrial partners, Imperial academics and fellow students.

More information on the course as a whole can be found in the IMSE MRes Programme Specification and the IMSE MRes Student Handbook.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements:

  • UK bachelor’s degree with honours at 2.1, or equivalent, in an engineering or physical sciences discipline that includes some mathematics.
  • A-level Mathematics at grade A, or equivalent.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.

This MRes programme is focused on combining molecular science with engineering. Students are therefore expected to have demonstrated experience and ability in subjects such as chemistry, molecular science and engineering. We are keen, however, to include exceptional students who are not equally experienced in all three disciplines, but who can clearly show they are capable of working at the molecular science/engineering interface. Students who are less proficient in one area will be supported through blended learning and pre-reading assignments.

How to apply

Please apply online by completing and submitting the Imperial College Postgraduate application form.

When completing the online application, please select 'H803 – Molecular Science and Engineering (MRes 1YFT)' under the 'Department of Chemical Engineering'.

Further guidance

Scholarships and funding opportunities

Competitive scholarships for provision towards tuition fees and/or living expenses are available. These scholarships are granted on the basis of academic merit and excellence. Please use the scholarships search tool to find suitable schemes.

The Fees and Funding website provides more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other available funding opportunities.

Our teaching staff

The MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering is taught by world-class Imperial academics from across a number of different faculties and departments. The full list of 26 current teaching staff is available here, and a few key staff include:

George JacksonProfessor George Jackson is the MRes Programme Director. George has been Professor of Chemical Physics in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London since 2001. He has a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and previously held a postdoctoral position at Cornell University.


Claire AdjimanProfessor Claire Adjiman is Professor of Chemical Engineering , the Co-Director of the Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering, and Director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering. She received her MEng from Imperial College London and her PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Claire teaches on the Designing Molecular Systems for Sustainability module.


Niall Mac DowellDr Niall Mac Dowell is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Environmental Policy, and leads the Clean Fossil and Bioenergy Research Group. Niall teaches on the Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering and Multiscale Modelling modules.



Jason Hallet

Dr Jason Hallett  is Reader in Sustainable Chemical Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Jason received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He originally joined Imperial as a Marshall-Sherfield Postdoctoral Fellow in Sustainable Chemistry, before being appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 2014. Jason teaches on the Underpinning Molecular Science module.