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Develop the skills and knowledge to work on cross-disciplinary projects in industry and academia

Key Information

Duration: 1 year (12 months) full-time

Key dates and deadlines: classes start at the beginning of the academic year; coursework is submitted throughout the year; final deadlines mid-September.

ECTS: 90 credits

Any questions? 
Contact imse.mres@imperial.ac.uk

Apply for the MRes in Molecular Engineering

Applications for the academic year 2023-24 will open in October 2022. If you have any queries about the course, including the application fee, you are very welcome to contact us via imse.mres@imperial.ac.uk before starting your application.

Are you a STEM graduate or professional who would like to develop the skills needed to work at the exciting interface of science and engineering?

Rapid innovation in both industry and universities now relies more than ever on a combination of engineering excellence with molecular level science. 

This MRes (Master’s in Research) programme trains science and engineering graduates through a combination of taught modules and a research project with industry. This programme will prepare you to work in multi-disciplinary teams, both in academia and industry.

Please note this course was formerly known as the MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering.


The Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) offers up to two scholarships per year to offer-holders for the MRes Molecular Engineering course. The scholarships are for academically excellent students, to reduce barriers to studying at on this course and to increase equality, diversity and inclusion. The value of each scholarship is £10,000 towards tuition fees.

To be considered for this scholarship, your application for the MRes Molecular Engineering programme must be submitted by 31st March 2022.

Find out more about our scholarships here.

Webinar – introduction to the MRes in Molecular Engineering with Q&A

Dr Niall Mac Dowell (Course Director), Dr Jerry Heng (Associate Director), Dr Steph Pendlebury (IMSE Institute Manager), and students and alumni

Are you a scientist or engineer who is interested in working on cross-disciplinary challenges of relevance to industry? Watch the webinar to find out about the multidisciplinary MRes in Molecular Engineering, which includes a collaborative research project with a three month industrial placement, taught modules that systematically cover the breadth of molecular science and engineering, as well as a bespoke programme of professional skills training. 

Watch the MRes in Molecular Engineering webinar

Course overview

This MRes provides the chance for me to gain industrial insights, and to see how my future research may have practical applications and a meaningful impact in society"

Konstantinos Zinelis

MRes alumnus

Recent 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 challenges faced by society.

You will be equipped with a grounding in the science and engineering aspects of designing, making, manufacturing, modelling, characterising and measuring the performance of molecules and materials – from atomic scale to systems level. You will gain valuable experience of working on cross-disciplinary research, including a sponsored industrial placement.

This internationally unique programme has been developed by the Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering, in collaboration with our industrial partners. The student cohort typically comprises graduates from chemical engineering or chemistry degrees, as well as students with backgrounds in materials science and engineering, physics, bioengineering and other STEM subjects. The course will also appeal to those with post-degree experience who are looking to upskill in modern research methodologies and accelerated innovation strategies.

Career Opportunities

This course will provide you the with fundamental and applied skills for a multi-disciplinary PhD or career in industry. Graduates are also well-placed to pursue other STEM-related opportunities, for example in policy, science communication, consultancy, and technology translation. 

Find out about our MRes alumni

Applications for the 2019 intake of MRes students will soon be open. If interested please see our page for more information and how to apply: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/molecular-science-engineering/education/

Watch: How the MRes can benefit you.

The MRes in Molecular Engineering is an innovative, one-year course designed to create a new generation of 'multilingual' scientists and engineers who can work seamlessly between traditional academic disciplines. Graduates who can work effectively within the exciting and ever-expanding field of molecular science and engineering are increasingly in-demand, to help tackle pressing problems in society.