A Nanomaterials student in the Imperial College High Performance Computing Service data centre.
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes


Discover how investment in nanotechnology is helping deliver major scientific and technological advances.

Discover how investment in nanotechnology is helping deliver major scientific and technological advances

Receive the interdisciplinary science training required for a career in industrial or academic research

Investigate an area of nanomaterials study on an extended research project

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

  • 2:1 in chemistry, physics, mathematics, materials, biochemistry, engineering or an appropriate subject

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Course overview

Discover how nanotechnology is set to deliver major scientific and technological advances on this Master's course.

You'll explore a growing field of science that represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with the natural world.

This area of study bridges chemistry, physics, materials science, biology and engineering. You'll receive interdisciplinary teaching towards a career in cutting-edge nanotechnology research, whether in industry or academia.

A novel research project is a major component of your studies. This nine-month project will help develop your management and communication skills and problem-solving expertise.

You'll also benefit from this course’s association with the London Centre for Nanotechnology, allowing you to embark on a wider choice of collaborative opportunities.


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

Optional modules

You'll undertake a nine-month research project, which incorporates a research proposal, project report and oral presentation.

The manuscript will evaluate your skills at putting your contribution in context and drawing conclusions.

At the presentation, you'll be expected to present your research with the help of visual tools in a concise fashion, while answering questions directly relevant to your project. 

Your oral examination will probe your overall knowledge of the project and the research techniques used, and the potential future direction of the work carried out.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and self-study
  • Research project

  • 23% Lectures and self-study
  • 77% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Lab work
  • Computational work
  • Seminars
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Practical workshops
  • People attending a conference
  • Presentations
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Balance of assessment


  • Taught modules
  • Research proposal
  • Research project

  • 22% Taught Modules
  • 11% Research proposal
  • 67% Research project

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams
  • Literature review
  • Research project proposal document
    Research proposal
  • Papers from a written report
    Research project
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster project
  • Written dissertation

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

Apply online

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

Application deadlines – Round 5 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

Chemistry research on computer screen

Develop the essential core knowledge and skills for a career in nanotechnology or similar fields.

Person with magnifying glass over head

Learn what it takes to conduct translational multidisciplinary research to prepare for PhD studies.

Chemistry symbol

The Department of Chemistry also has strong sponsorship links with industry for those considering further study at PhD level.

Test tubes

Chemistry graduates are often employed by leading pharmaceutical companies.

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