Frequently asked questions
Lots of information about the MRes in Molecular 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.
How can I apply for the MRes in Molecular Engineering?
You can apply for the MRes in Molecular Engineering via the Imperial Gateway.
Tell me about the industrial placement.
The MRes programme includes a 6-month collaborative, cross-disciplinary research project, which counts for 55% of the degree. Each project is usually developed in partnership with one of our external partners. Our partners are most often commercial companies, but could alternatively be the NHS, a national lab, or a museum. Students usually have the opportunity to undertake a research placement or visit hosted by the external partner. 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.
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, and will 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 a smaller taught component. For this particular course, the MRes degree structure allows for a research placement in industry as well as research at Imperial College.
I can't find the list of available projects.
Different research projects are 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.
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.
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.
Find out more about Imperial's Disability Advisory Service
My previous degree isn't included in the list of subjects on the Prospectus page. Can I still apply?
We accept many types of international degrees - see the course prospectus page for more details. We accept a wide range of degree subjects; if you're unsure if your degree would be accepted, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.