Master's of Research (MRes) in Molecular Science and Engineering
Are you a scientist wanting to focus on the practical application of your research?
Are you an engineer wanting to better understand the fundamentals of molecular sciences?
Are you excited by the possibilities at the interface of molecular science and engineering?
Do you want to gain practical experience in industry?
IMSE launched a unique Master's of Research (MRes) in Molecular Science and Engineering to train students in interdisciplinary collaborative research, equipping them with an unparalleled perspective and set of fundamental and applied skills to embark on their career. The programme started in October 2017 with students from a diverse range of chemistry, chemical engineering and biomedical engineering backgrounds.
Unique, trans-disciplinary and practical
Rapid progress in our understanding of molecular science means that we can now make, measure and model materials with unprecedented accuracy.
A unique opportunity to work with preeminent multi-disciplinary groups of Imperial researchers from engineering and natural sciences.
Undertake high-quality research projects and benefit from Imperial’s expertise at translating research into practical application.
Gain first-hand experience in the real issues and challenges faced by different industrial sectors and companies with tailored industrial placements.
Graduates trained at the interface of molecular science and engineering are increasingly in demand.
Why have we developed this MRes?
New solutions require expertise across disciplines.
An exciting opportunity
Rapid progress in our understanding of molecular science now allows us to make, measure and model materials with unprecedented accuracy. This presents a great opportunity to engineer better materials and molecular systems in response to the grand challenges faced by society.
Specialists in broad aspects of molecular science and engineering are increasingly in demand. Our ongoing discussions with industry on the subject of postgraduate training consistently highlight that novel solutions require expertise across the perceived silos between science and engineering. Companies are keen to employ skilled scientists and engineers to work effectively and seamlessly together in order to tackle the challenges they face. A work-force who can operate at the interface between the two disciplines with a common understanding is invaluable. Meeting this need for research leaders capable of transcending the barriers between engineering and science is a central remit of IMSE.
Imperial is ideally placed to lead this programme
Imperial is at the forefront of research in science and engineering, has a strong culture of collaboration, a well-established close association with industry, and a proven track record in technology transfer.
This one-year full-time course provides students with a systematic understanding of Molecular Science and Engineering and a critical awareness of the current challenges and research in this emerging area.
Who should apply?
The MRes is aimed at a broad intake of exceptional graduates from science and engineering backgrounds who are excited to pursue collaborative, trans-disciplinary research of an applied nature. It will equip students with fundamental and applied skills for a PhD or career in industry.
The MRes will provide you with advanced integration skills, as well as an understanding of multiple scales, from molecular interactions to whole manufacturing systems.
Modules shown are indicative, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
Bespoke introductory modules will help you get to know your cohort and provide firm grounding at the interface of science and engineering:
- Underpinning Molecular Science (Science Principles for Engineers)
- Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering (Engineering Principles for Scientists)
Once a common basis has been achieved, you will engage in advanced modules cutting across engineering and natural sciences, such as:
- Designing Molecular Systems for Sustainability - to tackle complex design problems, including optimisation, machine learning, and the relation between experiments, models and design. Computer-aided approaches.
- Manufacturing Processes - including principles of operation, performance, conceptual design, scale-up/scale-out and the role of a molecular level description.
- Multiscale Modelling – Understanding, Visualising, and Predicting - from the atomic/molecular scale through to the plant process scale retaining a molecular-level link (including quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, mesoscale simulation, molecular-based sequations of state, computational fluid dynamics, and process simulation).
- Measuring – Analysis and Characterisation - for a specific application at the appropriate length and time scale, including extracting important parameters underpinning the behaviour of the material characterisation.
- Making – Synthesis for Device Manufacture - in specific areas of modern synthetic chemistry relevant to device design (including polymer chemistry, metal-organic frameworks, nanomaterials, zeolites, and bio-inspired synthesis for device design).
In the first term you will be allocated a targeted collaborative research project with an industrial partner, to start in the spring term.
You begin term two by finishing the core modules and complete assessments on what you have learned across these modules.
You then write a short research proposal and start your research project. The first part of the research project - a placement in industry - allows you to experience first-hand the real issues and challenges faced in different sectors and companies. You will then work with researchers from different departments back at Imperial to produce high-quality, practical research.
In term three, you will continue to work on your research project, to be written up in the form of a research article. You will also present your research in front of industry and academics at the IMSE MRes Symposium Day.
Academic requirement: UK bachelor’s degree with honours at 2.1 or equivalent in an engineering or physical sciences discipline which includes some mathematics. A level Mathematics at grade A or equivalent.
The focus of this programme is on the interaction of the subjects of molecular science and engineering, and as such, most students are expected to have experience and ability in chemistry, molecular science and engineering. However, we are keen to include exceptional students who are not equally experienced in all three disciplines but who can clearly show they are capable of appropriately engaging at this interface. While we expect most students to have the appropriate background in chemistry and molecular science, those who are less proficient in one area but who are likely to be able to successfully engage with this course will be supported will be admitted and supported through blended learning and pre-reading.
English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element or equivalent.
How to apply
** The admissions system for 2018 entry is now open **
Please apply by completing and submitting the online Imperial College Postgraduate application form. The program you should select when completing the online application is under 'Department of Chemical Engineering’ and the course name is 'H803 – Molecular Science and Engineering (MRes 1YFT)'.
All Postgraduate applications must be submitted online, please click here to apply.
Further guidance: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/how-to-apply/
More detailed information will be provided shortly on interviews for the MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering.
Funding opportunities 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.
Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit the Fees and Funding website.
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. Meet a few key staff:
Professor George Jackson is the MRes Programme Director. George has been a Professor of Chemical Physics in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London since 2001. He has a DPhil from Oxford University and held a postdoctoral position at Cornell University in the USA.
Professor 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.
Dr 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 module and Multiscale Modelling module.
Dr Jason P. Hallett is Reader in Sustainable Chemical Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Dr Jason Hallett received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined Imperial College, first with a Marshall-Sherfield Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sustainable Chemistry and in 2014 was appointed a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Jason will be teaching the Underpinning Molecular Science module.
In 2017-18, the students were taught by 26 academics from 7 departments across Imperial College:
|Module||Lecturer||Lecturer's home department|
|Underpinning Molecular Science||Dr Jason Hallett||Chemical Engineering|
|Underpinning Molecular Science||Professor George Jackson||Chemical Engineering|
|Underpinning Molecular Science||Dr Andrew Haslam||Chemical Engineering|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering||Dr Niall Mac Dowell||Centre for Environmental Policy|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering||Dr Di Zhang||Centre for Environmental Policy|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering||Dr Mai Bui||Centre for Environmental Policy|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering||Dr Adam Hawkes||Chemical Engineering|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering||Professor Peter Childs||Dyson School of Design Engineering|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering||Dr Gonzalo Guillen||Chemical Engineering|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering||Dr Jason Hallett||Chemical Engineering|
|Designing Molecular Systems for Sustainability||Professor Claire Adjiman||Chemical Engineering|
|Designing Molecular Systems for Sustainability||Dr Gonzalo Guillen||Chemical Engineering|
|Manufacturing Processes||Dr Jerry Heng||Chemical Engineering|
|Manufacturing Processes||Dr Koon-Yang Lee||Aeronautics|
|Manufacturing Processes||Dr Peter Petrov||Materials|
|Manufacturing Processes||Dr Joao Cabral||Chemical Engineering|
|Manufacturing Processes||Dr Roberto Rinaldi||Chemical Engineering|
|Multiscale Modelling||Dr Patricia Hunt||Chemistry|
|Multiscale Modelling||Professor Fernando Bresme||Chemistry|
|Multiscale Modelling||Professor George Jackson||Chemical Engineering|
|Multiscale Modelling||Dr Edward Smith||Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Multiscale Modelling||Dr Niall Mac Dowell||Centre for Environmental Policy|
|Measuring - Analysis and Characterisation||Professor Jason Riley||Materials|
|Measuring - Analysis and Characterisation||Professor Mimi Hii||Chemistry|
|Measuring - Analysis and Characterisation||Professor Paul Luckham||Chemical Engineering|
|Measuring - Analysis and Characterisation||Professor Sergei Kazarian||Chemical Engineering|
|Measuring - Analysis and Characterisation||Dr Samuel Cooper||Dyson School of Design Engineering|
|Making - Synthesis for Device Manufacture||Professor Martin Heeney||Chemistry|
|Making - Synthesis for Device Manufacture||Dr Charles Romain|| Chemistry
|Making - Synthesis for Device Manufacture||Professor George Britovsek||Chemistry|
|Making - Synthesis for Device Manufacture||Dr Jason Hallett||Chemical Engineering|
|Making - Synthesis for Device Manufacture||Dr Joao Cabral||Chemical Engineering|
Find out more
If you are an external partner, please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more about hosting student research placements. This is an opportunity to access and provide input into shaping and training a distinctive group of high-quality students with invaluable expertise in the broad discipline of Molecular Science and Engineering.