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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Advanced Molecular Synthesis

Analyse the approaches designed to automate, analyse and understand synthetic processes.

Analyse the approaches designed to automate, analyse and understand synthetic processes

Build multidisciplinary skills as you explore how molecular synthesis can unlock new opportunities to address societal challenges

Cultivate your expertise on a unique research project guided by subject specialists

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £14,650 Home

    • £40,500 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • White City

Minimum entry standard

  • First class Honours in chemistry or chemical engineering

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Course overview

Making molecules has been a fundamental component of many scientific innovations, including faster broadband, more specialised genetic sequencing and new cancer treatments.

The efficiency and speed of synthesis remains a bottleneck in the development of many compounds.

This course exploresadvancements in molecular synthesis that can unlock new opportunities and address societal challenges in a range of areas from healthcare to smart materials.

Through lectures, workshops and discussion groups, you'll deepen your understanding of the rational design and efficient synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds.

You'll also receive training in a range of modern approaches designed to automate, analyse and understand synthetic processes.

To build your knowledge further, you’ll complete a research project in a specialised area of your interest, where you’ll critique molecular synthesis research and be encouraged to assess how existing approaches in the field can be made more efficient and sustainable.

You’ll have the opportunity to take the knowledge and skills from this course and apply them to further research, or a commercial laboratory in fields ranging from healthcare to energy.



This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take the following core modules.

Core modules

You’ll choose one of these optional modules.

Optional modules

You'll undertake a nine-month research project, which incorporates a dissertation, presentation, and an oral examination

The dissertation will describe the context and background of your research, and critically analyse your results and data. 

At the presentation, you'll be expected to present your research and answer questions directly relevant to your project.

Your oral examination will probe your overall knowledge of the project and the research techniques you’ve used.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Research project planning
  • Taught modules and journal clubs
  • Individual research

  • 11% Research project planning
  • 22% Taught modules and journal clubs
  • 67% Individual research

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Practical work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Balance of assessment


  • Group work and projects
  • Research proposal
  • Research project

  • 22% Group work and projects
  • 11% Research proposal
  • 67% Research project

Assessment methods

  • Group presentations
  • Group projects
  • Individual analysis exercise
  • Papers from a written report
    Project proposal
  • Manuscript
  • Individual presentation
  • Oral exams

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

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You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?


Apply cutting-edge synthetic approaches in academic and commercial laboratories with the necessary training.

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Your research project lays a solid foundation for advanced study at the PhD level.

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The Department of Chemistry has strong sponsorship links for those looking to continue their education.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications