Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes + EngD

Research areas:

This integrated four-year doctoral training programme combines a one-year MRes programme with a subsequent three-year doctoral research programme. The aim of the individually tailored training programmes and topical collaborative research projects is to provide highly trained and motivated research leaders for industry.

MRes Programme
The MRes programme incorporates a number of different training and research activities:
  • Dedicated taught courses in molecular modelling, materials science and topic-specific courses.
  • Survey and review of the relevant scientific literature.
  • Research project, which comprises 60% of the MRes degree programme.
  • Professional, generic and transferable skills training provided by the UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching.
  • Optional elective courses at the London Business School.
Upon successful completion of the first year, the degree of MRes is conferred and the students proceed to the second phase.

Doctoral research programme
The second phase consists of a three-year doctoral research programme, where each student works in collaboration with an external sponsor. The student may be placed with the external sponsor for short or long periods and is sometimes fully integrated in the sponsor's research team. The EngD degree is conferred upon successful completion of novel and high-quality research, submission of a written doctoral thesis and viva voce examination by examiners.

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Visit the IRIS research portal to learn more about researchers' activities, research groups, research centres and interdisciplinary networks across the whole of UCL.

IRIS department: Dept of Chemistry

Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree in Chemistry, or an MSci or MChem with upper second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900


The department may be able to offer, on a competitive basis, BBSRC, EPSRC, and NERC studentships, teaching assistantships and industrially supported studentships.

Scholarships available for this department

Franz Sondheimer Bursary Fund

For prospective students of an MPhil/PhD in Chemistry. Preference is given to overseas applicants.

E D Hughes Bursary

Founded in 1984 by subscribers to the E.D. Hughes to commemorate the life and work of Professor E.D. Hughes F.R.S., whose association with the Department of Chemistry dates from 1930, culminating in 1961 by becoming its Head, until his death two years later.

These grants are to assist students in need of financial assistance either towards maintenance and/or fees to enable them to continue their studies at the College. Preference will be given to candidates from overseas.

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China.

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


The four-year EngD programme aims to train graduates who intend to become research leaders in industry, or scientists and engineers who wish to maintain significant links with industry in an academic career.


Networking opportunities are available at departmental seminars and events for interdisciplinary research collaborations with other institutions and departments. Furthermore all of our PhD students have the opportunity to meet with subject-specific visiting academic speakers giving seminars. Networking is also possible at the Chemical & Physics Society (CPS), which holds weekly talks from staff and visiting speakers throughout each term. The CPS is the UCL Chemistry Department’s student society that was founded in 1876, and is UCL's oldest students' society. Students can also become engaged with the UCL Alumni Relations Office and the UCL Gillespie Science Club.

Next steps


Ms Mary Lou Jabore

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4650



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