Masters

Undergraduate Laboratory Teaching 3

Molecular Modelling MSc


There is a growing need by industry for staff trained in computational molecular sciences. This new multi-disciplinary MSc will teach simulation tools used in a wide range of applications, including catalysis and energy materials, nanotechnology and drug design, and will provide skills transferable to other fields, thereby broadening employment prospects.


What will I learn?

Students will gain detailed knowledge and skills in molecular modelling, focusing on the state-of-the art simulation techniques employed to research the molecular level properties that determine the macroscopic behaviour of matter. They will also gain key research skills and will learn the basic concepts in business and entrepreneurship as applied to high tech industries.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Chemistry has a world-leading position in molecular modelling research.

Molecular modelling techniques are gaining increasing impact in the industrial sector, as evidenced by the partnership between UCL's Industrial Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science and a range of national and international industrial sponsors.

This multi-disciplinary programme offers a wide range of options, thereby enabling each student to tailor the programme to their own needs and interests.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), three optional module (45 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry
  • The Scientific Literature
  • Computational Research Project

Options

  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • Numerical Methods in Chemistry
  • Exploring Postgraduate Writing
  • Researcher Professional Development
  • Electronic Structure Methods for Materials Modelling
  • Choice of one postgraduate lecture course in UCL

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a computational research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation of approximately 8,000 to 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory classes. Assessment is through unseen examination, coursework, individual and group projects, poster creation, presentation and the research project.


Career

There are increasing career opportunities in the field of molecular modelling in sectors including sustainable energy, catalysis, nanotechnology, biomedical materials and pharmaceuticals. This MSc will train students in the skills necessary for future employment in the industrial and public sector communities, together with specific training in career development and transferable skills.

The first cohort of students on this new programme will graduate in 2014; therefore no information about career destinations is currently available.

Employability

The training provided by this program will enable the student to enter into a wide range of fields. STudents may continue in academia to complete a PhD or pursue teaching as a profession. Students with the skills obtained during this study are highlu sought after by the industrial sector, including IT, sustainable energy, catalysis, nanotechnology, biomedical materials and pharmaceuticals. Students are very likely to be welcomed in the financial sector.


Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £11,125
  • Overseas Full-time: £22,350

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.


Funding

Students can be self-funded or find sponsorship from funding agencies such as research councils, the European Union, industry or charities.

There are also a number of Graduate School Scholarships and departmental bursaries and prizes available.

Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website: www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a science or engineering discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2015.

Who can apply?

This programme will appeal to a wide range of students with a science or engineering background who wish to develop the skills necessary to work in molecular modelling both nationally and internationally.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Molecular Modelling at graduate level. Please elaborate on the motivational factors that have drawn you to our subject. We anticipate that applicants from many different first-degree backgrounds will participate in the programme and we would like you to explain how your own background leads you to this MSc
  • why you want to study Molecular Modelling at UCL. Tell us how UCL can help to improve your career path and give an indication of your willingness to participate in the wider UCL activities in the subject during your time here
  • how your academic background meets the demands of a challenging programme. The MSc is a broadening degree which will lead you into areas that lie outside your first-degree subject. How comfortable are you with that?
  • what would you like to be able to do following your Master's?
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Next steps

Contact

Dr Zhimei Du

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7465

Department

Chemistry

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