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Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides a thorough foundation in the science and application of plastic electronic materials, and offers practical training in diverse areas including microscopy, device fabrication and molecular modelling.

About the course


The Department of Physics leads a Centre for Doctoral Training in Plastic Electronics that aims to train and prepare doctoral scientists to move directly into this exciting, fast moving and interdisciplinary field.

A key part of the training is this 12-month MRes, which provides a thorough foundation in the science and application of plastic electronic materials.

The MRes course also offers practical training in diverse areas including microscopy, printing and processing, device fabrication and molecular modelling.

Visiting industrial lecturers will teach advanced courses in the state-of-the-art methods and technology. You also have the option to develop the MRes project as an entrepreneurship exercise.

Participating departments are Physics, Chemistry and Materials at Imperial and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London.


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

The MRes programme comprises four core and two advanced modules, to be assessed by written and oral exams, several practical training modules, some of which are organised externally, and a nine-month multidisciplinary research project resulting in a thesis. The bulk of the research project will be carried out in the spring and summer terms.

The course begins in the first term (October-December) with a fixed lecture programme of core modules, which will be followed up in the second term (January-March) with advanced modules and one elective module. You also begin your research project in the laboratory.

Weekly Journal Club meetings commence during the later part of the autumn term. This is an assessed transferable skills module, which aims to develop presentation skills, whilst encouraging scientific debate, and providing the opportunity to broaden scientific knowledge.

At each Journal Club meeting you will work in a group and make a presentation about a high impact paper. This will be followed by a chaired discussion/debate about the paper.

You will be assessed on your ability to organise the presentation in a logical manner, the use of clear PowerPoint slides, the clarity of the presentation and its scientific content.

In term three, you will continue to work on your research project, to be written up as a thesis.


There are four core compulsory lecture modules in the first term:

  • Molecular and polymer chemistry
  • Materials science applied to macromolecular materials
  • Optoelectronic processes and modelling
  • Device physics and applications of electroactive materials

You will undertake two advanced modules during the second term:

  • Structural, optical and electrical characterisation of molecular materials
  • Design and processing of molecular materials

Practical workshops

A distinctive feature of the MRes are the practical workshops, each one often running over several days. These tailored modules are organised in conjunction with, and frequently hosted by, our industrial partners. The modules currently include:

  • Polymer processing
  • High volume printing
  • Device fabrication
  • Imaging and advanced measurement of molecular electronic materials
  • Molecular modelling

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, electrical engineering, chemical engineering or related disciplines.

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 requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

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

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


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.

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

How to apply

All applicants must apply onlineFor full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

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 of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

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.

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

Find out more about the MRes in Plastic Electronic Materials, including more detailed course content.