Frequently asked questions
Lots of information about the MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering is available on these pages and the course prospectus page. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions. If you still can't find the answer to your query, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's the difference between an MRes and an MSc?
Masters of Science (MSc) and Masters of Research (MRes) courses are both Masters degrees, and have the same "worth". The difference lies in the amount of time spent on research. The majority of an MSc programme will be taught, with and usually involve a short research project. An MRes degree course, on the other hand, has a much longer research project (or more than one project) and smaller taught component. The number of taught hours per week varies between courses and will often depend on the subject. The focus of an MRes is on developing an individual’s research skills and so provides good preparation for a PhD or research in industry. For this particular course, the MRes degree structure allows for a research placement in industry as well as research at Imperial College.
What are the minimum English requirements?
You can find out about the minmum English requirements for this course on the prospectus page.
My degree qualification falls below the minimum entry requirement, can I still apply?
If your grades are significantly below the minimum it is unlikely that you will be accepted, however if your grades are close to the boundary then we might be able to consider your application, especially if you have industrial experience or very strong maths. Please contact email@example.com with an overview of your grades and any relevant experience for some advice.
The minimum entry requirements can be found on the course prospectus page.
My previous degree isn't included in the list of subjects on the Prospectus page, can I still apply?
Are the lectures available online?
We aim for all the lectures to be recorded, and for the recordings and slides to be available online after the lecture.
I have a disability, can I still take this course?
Yes. Imperial is committed to supporting all its students to reach their full potential. If you are a disabled student, the College will provide the support you need, regardless of your fee status. We recommend contacting our Disability Advisory Service if you have additional needs relating to a specific learning difficulty, enduring mental health or health condition, Autistic Spectrum condition or a sensory or physical impairment.
I can't find the list of available projects
There are different research projects available each year. You can get a feel for the kind of projects that might be available from the examples of previous projects. Some of the projects are lab-based, some are part practical lab-work and part modelling, and some are focused on modelling. Each project is usually developed in partnership with one of our industrial partners based on a challenge in their company. If you are interested in particular research areas, please do mention this in your personal statement when applying.
Tell me about the industrial placement
The MRes programme includes a six month collaborative, cross-disciplinary research project, which counts for 60% of the degree. Each project is usually developed in parntership with a company, and usually includes a sponsored industrial research placement up to three months long. The placement takes place sometime between February and July, and may be in the UK, Europe or overseas. Additional accommodation (where required) is organised and paid for, and your additional travel expenses will also be paid for; we also help you to arrange a visa (if required). We take students' preferences and previous experience into account when assigning research projects. Your project will be supervised by an industrial supervisor and two academic supervisors from different specialisms.
Do any other universities in the UK teach this course?
This is a very broad, very multi-disciplinay Masters programme in an emerging field. At the moment very few universities in the world have a course like it. It may be unique in the UK.
Do I need to be in London for the whole year?
The MRes programme is a 12 month course. Most students go on a sponsored industrial placement for around three months between February and July. Find out more about the course programme on the prospectus page.