THE ADMISSIONS SYSTEM FOR 2019 ENTRY IS NOW OPEN. The first interviews for this year's entry will be held after January 2019.

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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.


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


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).


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. 


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 structure of the course can be found here‌.