Research course

Molecular Science and Engineering

Imperial College London · Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology

Entry requirements

Academic requirement: UK bachelor’s degree with honours at 2.1 or equivalent in an engineering or physical sciences discipline which includes some mathematics. A level Mathematics at grade A or equivalent. The focus of this programme is on the interaction of the subjects of molecular science and engineering, and as such, most students are expected to have experience and ability in chemistry, molecular science and engineering. However, we are keen to include exceptional students who are not equally experienced in all three disciplines but who can clearly show they are capable of appropriately engaging at this interface. While we expect most students to have the appropriate background in chemistry and molecular science, those who are less proficient in one area but who are likely to be able to successfully engage with this course will be supported will be admitted and supported through blended learning and pre-reading.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a scientist wanting to focus on the practical application of your research?

Are you an engineer wanting to better understand the fundamentals of molecular sciences?

Are you excited by the possibilities at the interface of molecular science and engineering?

Do you want to gain practical experience in industry?

The Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) is launching a unique Masters of Research (MRes) in Molecular Science and Engineering to train students in interdisciplinary collaborative research, equipping them with an unparalled perspective and set of fundamental and applied skills to embark on their career. The programme will start in October 2017.

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.

Specialists in broad aspects of molecular science and engineering are increasingly in demand. Our ongoing discussions with industry on the subject of postgraduate training consistently highlight that novel solutions require expertise across the perceived silos between science and engineering. Companies are keen to employ skilled scientists and engineers to work effectively and seamlessly together in order to tackle the challenges they face. A work-force who can operate at the interface between the two disciplines with a common understanding is invaluable. Meeting this need for research leaders capable of transcending the barriers between engineering and science is a central remit of IMSE.

Imperial is at the forefront of research in science and engineering, has a strong culture of collaboration, a well-established close association with industry, and a proven track record in technology transfer.

This one-year full-time course provides students with a systematic understanding of Molecular Science and Engineering and a critical awareness of the current challenges and research in this emerging area.

The MRes is aimed at a broad intake of exceptional graduates from science and engineering backgrounds who are excited to pursue collaborative, trans-disciplinary research of an applied nature. It will equip students with fundamental and applied skills for a PhD or career in industry.

Information for international students

English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element or equivalent.

Fees and funding

There are opportunities to gain scholarships in a competitive fashion. These will provide funding towards tuition fees and/or living expenses and will be granted on the basis of academic merit and excellence of the applicant.

Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit the Fees and Funding website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering