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Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Duration: 6 months full-time
ECTS: 30
 

MSc

Duration: 1 year full-time
ECTS: 90
 

Key information

Duration: 6 months or 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2021
Location: Online

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Overview

The practice of chemistry in academia and industry is being revolutionised by advances in automation, artificial intelligence, and big data. 

This Master's programme will equip you to navigate and contribute to emerging fields within chemistry and train the next generation of scientists that are greatly needed and currently in short supply.

It comprises modules that cover the theory and application of data science, machine learning and automation in a diverse range of areas within the chemical sciences.

From computational modelling allowing predictive insights into the behaviour of complex molecules and systems, to artificial intelligence and machine learning revolutionising our ability to predict reaction outcomes, you will explore recent developments across the field and gain sought-after skills.

These modules will be delivered online except for a single term research project module, which you can undertake either remotely or on campus. 

Careers

Our career-focused degrees ensure graduates are well-placed to gain employment in a growing industry. 

There are many areas of employment open to you as a graduate of this course. Previous graduates of the Department have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • Healthcare
  • Medical device industry
  • Research
  • Medicine
  • Start-ups
  • Teaching
  • Consultancy
  • Finance
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical industries
  • Data-driven industries

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes

Structure

Taught modules

Core modules

You will take all of the following:

  • Data Analytics in Chemistry
  • “Hacking” for Chemists
  • Automation in Chemistry, Drug Discovery and Materials
  • Ethics in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • Journal Club
  • Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry: Materials
  • Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry: Drug Discovery
  • Design of Experiments (DoE)
  • Chemical Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Innovation in Chemistry

Depending on your academic and/or professional background, you will also take one of the following modules:

  • Key Concepts in Chemistry
  • Programming in Python

 

Research project

You will conduct an independent and original research project in the area of digital chemistry. You will be able to choose from a selection of projects suggested by academics in the Department of Chemistry and their collaborators and perform original research from March to August with the aim of producing publishable results.

You will write a dissertation, defend your work with an oral examination and present in a student symposium. This research project can be completed either online or on-site and will provide an opportunity for you to work on cutting-edge research with two academic groups within the Department and/or in an affiliated laboratory within the College or a selected partner organisation (for example, an SME or industrial partner).

The two research supervisors will contribute complementary technical expertise e.g. one in medicinal chemistry, one in machine learning.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The Digital Chemistry programme will be delivered online, apart from the research project module, where you will have the option to either carry it out remotely or on campus.

Teaching and learning on the programme will be delivered by the departmental faculty through a range of methods including:

  • recorded lectures
  • online engagement points
  • guided reading
  • scheduled live tutorials
  • coding exercises
  • 'lab-in-a-box' remote experiments

You will also learn as part of a cohort through and through interactions with your peers on discussion boards (which can be used as assessment through graded discussion prompts), group projects and peer-assessed exercises.

Although you will be working remotely, staff will be available to support you in your learning and help you to work most effectively.

Assessment

There will be short assessments for each module, but most modules are assessed primarily through coursework. The final project assessment involves both a written report and oral examination. 

Excluding the final research project that counts for 45% of the degree, the assessment in the remaining modules is roughly 10% exams, 60% coursework and 30% practical work.

Overall workload

The expected total study time is 2,250 hours per year.

Your overall workload consists of online sessions and independent learning. The following gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities.

At Imperial, each ECTS credit you take equates to an expected total study time of 25 hours. The research project will amount to 1,000 hours, and around 20% of the time you spend on the remaining modules (250 hours) will be spent in various structured activities (lectures, workshops and practical sessions) and 80% (1000 hours) in independent study.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum entry requirement is normally a 2.1 degree in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering.

Applicants with a 2:1 degree in a data science related area, such as computing, applied mathematics and statistics, will be considered on a case by case basis.

Prior experience in programming, artifical intelligence or machine learning is not required.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View the Department of Chemistry's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Department of Chemistry

T: +44 (0)20 7594 5864
E: d.pappoe@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80 per application and not per course. 

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

There is no application fee for Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or PhDs. The fee for MBA applications to the Imperial College Business School is £135. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

Selection process

Online interviews will be offered to shortlisted candidates.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

Visit the FAQs

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

MSc

£12,300 per year

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

£6,150 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

Find out more about how fees are paid.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

MSc

£34,000 per year

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

£17,000 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

Find out more about how fees are paid.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies.

See what opportunities you may be eligible for.

If you are an Iranian national and are accepted to study at Imperial starting this October, you may be eligible to apply for the Irani family scholarship.

Further information

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E: chemres@imperial.ac.uk

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