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

Course details 

Engineering to Molecular Science - making measuring multiscale modelling manufacturing processes design optimisationThe MRes programme includes two introductory modules and taught modules in Making, Modelling, Measuring, Manufacturing, and Designing molecules and materials, plus a 6 month research project.  Full details, including how to apply, are available on the Study Molecular Engineering MRes webapge.

The MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering is a full-time, 12 month post-graduate course. Deadlines for coursework and assessments run through the year, with the final assessment taking place in mid-late September.

MRes in Molecular Science and Engineering, Imperial College London

The course is taught by over 25 academics from across two faculties and 7 departments at Imperial, listed on our teaching staff page. You can also find out more about the MSE MRes Course Directors and Module Leaders.

The multidisciplinary research project includes a 3 month placement with one of our industrial partners, which takes place between March and July.  Take a look at the Research Projects to find out more and read about some of our students' placement experiences. The research project counts towards 60% of the overall mark. You will be supervised by two Imperial academics from different departments, and at least one industrial supervisor. 

The course also includes professional skills training, delivered by Imperial's Graduate Schools, and workshops on "creating ideas for global challenges", "researching and validating new ideas", and "a question of talent", which are delivered by an external partner.

Teaching takes place Mondays to Fridays, between 9 am and 5 pm, mostly at Imperial's South Kensington campus but with a few classes in the new Molecular Sciences Research Hub at the White City campus. Most taught sessions take place in Term 1 (October to December), with some professional skills and assessment sessions taking place throughout the year. The reserach project starts in February; you are expected to work on your project during working hours Monday to Friday - you may need to put in some additional time at evenings and weekends, but breaks are important! 

Study Molecular Engineering MRes webapge

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How to apply

Full details of minimum requirements (academic and English) and how to apply are available on the Study Molecular Engineering MRes webapge. The course code is H803. 

Applications are processed centrally before being received by the Molecular Engineering MRes Admissions Team.  This can take 3-6 weeks.

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Tips for a good application

Supporting Statement

  • No more than 1 page long (11-12 point text size, sans serif font e.g. Arial)
  • At the beginning, make it clear why you are interested in the Molecular Engineering MRes course, and what your relevant experience is
  • Clearly state what research areas and you are most interested in
  • Clearly provide a summary of relevant previous research project(s) that you have undertaken

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

  • Note that the word "resumé" is not used in the UK
  • no more than 2 pages long
  • do include: academic qualifications and degree classification/grade (final/predicted); information about previous research project(s) and supervisors; information about any time spent in industry; experience with relevant analytical/synthetic techniques, programming, etc
  • do not include: date of birth/age, marital status, gender, height, weight, nationality 

Scholarships and funding opportunites

The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering has two scholarships available to support academically excellent students and increase equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Other competitive scholarships for provision towards tuition fees and/or living expenses are also 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.

If you are a UK student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

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