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Contact details

Dr Ricardo Grau-Crespo; Dr Zhimei Du

Email: r.grau-crespo@ucl.ac.uk z.du@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7465

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

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.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Chemistry

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

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 that are common to a wide range of applications, including catalysis and energy materials, nanotechnology and drug design, and will provide skills that are widely transferable to other fields, thereby broadening employment prospects.

Degree summary

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.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible up to 3 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry
  • Modelling Molecules and Clusters
  • Molecular Modelling Laboratory
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • The Scientific Literature
  • Computational Research Project

Options

  • Topics in Quantum Mechanics
  • Numerical Methods in Chemistry
  • Principles of Drug Design
  • Electronic Structure Methods for Materials Modelling
  • Molecular Physics
  • Advanced Biomolecular Structure

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a computational research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation of approximately 15,000 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.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

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.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is early August for September entry. 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.

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 backgounds 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.

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.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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