Chemical Engineering

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Open to applications
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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. Based on this experience, you will be in a strong position to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD or industrial career.


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


Introductory components

These components ensure a broad skill-set for the integrated curriculum.

  • Fundamentals of Molecular Engineering
  • Underpinning Molecular Science

Advanced core modules

  • Measuring – Analysis and Characterisation
  • Making – Synthesis for Device Manufacture
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Molecular Systems Design for Sustainability
  • Multiscale Modelling – Understanding, Visualising, and Predicting

Research projects

The research projects are the heart of the programme and comprise two parts: an integrated collaborative industrial placement, and further consolidation and honing of research at Imperial. The projects are jointly supervised by two Imperial academics from different disciplines, and an industrial partner.

Teaching and assessment


  • Group exercises
  • Guided practical classes and laboratory work
  • Individual research projects
  • Lectures
  • On-line groups/discussions
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Presentations
  • Research project (which may be co-supervised with industry partners)
  • Tutorials


  • Design brief
  • Executive summary
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Laboratory assessments
  • Manufacturing project
  • Mastery examinations
  • Mini projects
  • Problem sheets
  • Progress reports
  • Research article
  • Research proposal
  • Short report
  • Written examinations

Course timetable

You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.

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.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.


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

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in an engineering or physical sciences discipline which includes some mathematics.

A-Level Mathematics at grade A or equivalent.

Additional information

The focus of this programme is on the interaction between molecular science and engineering. 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 admitted and supported through blended learning and pre-reading.

International qualifications

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

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

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.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Further information

Where it all begins video

Contact us

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Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students


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