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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Soft Electronic Materials

Create and optimise new types of electronic materials and devices for a diverse range of applications.

Create and optimise new types of electronic materials and devices for a diverse range of applications

Learn interdisciplinary skills in research, modelling and analysis

Carry out a substantial independent research project and literature review

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £20,550 Home

    • £40,800 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in a relevant engineering, mathematical or physical sciences subject

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Learn how to create and optimise new types of electronic materials and devices for a diverse range of applications on this interdisciplinary course.

Deepen your understanding of a thriving area of research, which targets applications such as light-emitting diodes, batteries, wearable electronics devices and sensors.

You'll engage with highly multidisciplinary science during your studies. The programme will span physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering and bioengineering.

Over 12 months, you'll explore topics including organic and inorganic semiconductors, material synthesis and processing, materials characterisation, and device physics and applications.

Research activities are wide-ranging, from modelling molecules and materials, to measuring and analysing  materials and device performance for targeted applications.

The course is comprised of lectures and advanced skills training, as well as a substantial independent research project and thesis.

Why study at Imperial

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  • Learn from experts Lectures and projects led by world-leading experts from Imperial’s Centre of Excellence in Processable Electronics Includes three Fellows of the Royal Society and five Highly Cited Researchers.
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to application-targeted research Research the materials and techniques used in every-day electronic devices
  • From solar cells to displays and sensors Research improvements in efficiency, sustainability and cost reduction Explore CPE facilities


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 study the following core modules.

Core modules

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures, group teaching and project supervision
  • Independent study
  • Lab/practical work

  • 32% Lectures, group teaching and project supervision
  • 35% Independent study
  • 33% Lab/practical work

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Computational workshops
  • Journal clubs
  • Seminars
  • Industrial visits
  • Supervised project work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Balance of assessment


  • Written examinations
  • Literature review and project proposal
  • Project work

  • 33% Written examinations
  • 11% Literature review and project proposal
  • 56% Project work

Assessment methods

  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Papers from a written report
    Written reports
  • Oral presentation
  • 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.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Research and transferable skills gained on this course may lead to careers in physics, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, and bioengineering.

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Physics graduates at Imperial are highly sought after in a variety of employment sectors.


Develop strong links with industry, other leading academic institutions, and government labs in the UK and abroad.

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