Research course

Molecular Science and Engineering

Imperial College London · Department of Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in engineering or physical science.

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.

The focus of this course is the interaction between molecular science and engineering. As such, applicants are expected to have a degree in an engineering subject (e.g. Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) or physical science degree (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science) or life sciences degree with a good competency in mathematics.

Maths covered during an undergraduate degree in physical science or engineering would normally be sufficient. If you are unsure whether your degree includes a suitable grounding in mathematics, please contact the Course Director Dr Niall Mac Dowell or Associate Director Dr Jerry Heng.

Months of entry


Course content

Specialists in broad aspects of molecular science and engineering are increasingly in demand. Industries and research agencies need skilled scientists and engineers to work effectively and seamlessly together in order to tackle the challenges they face.

The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering has launched a unique Master's of Research to train students in interdisciplinary collaborative research in this emerging and exciting field.

Rapid progress in our understanding of molecular science now allows us to make, measure and model materials with unprecedented accuracy. This presents a great opportunity to engineer better materials and molecular systems in response to the grand challenges faced by society.This one-year full-time MRes course provides you with a systematic understanding of Molecular Science and Engineering and a critical awareness of the current challenges and research in the area.

The MRes is aimed at a broad intake of graduates from science and engineering backgrounds, providing advanced integration skills, as well as an understanding of multiple scales, from molecular interactions to whole systems.

Collaboration is embedded in the course through integrated coursework and extended research projects: you undertake industrial placements to gain a high-level perspective of the research challenge and its context.

This is followed by a three-month research project at Imperial, with close supervision by two academics from different departments.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering