Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes
The Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes provides training in the key area of the application of computer modelling techniques to materials and complex molecules.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
- Overseas Full-time: £20,900
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme provides specific training in molecular modelling methods applicable to materials science, together with tuition in research methods and the use of literature sources. The taught courses cover both specialist scientific topics and general project management and professional skills training relevant to the industrial environment.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Chemistry interests and research activities span the whole spectrum of chemistry from the development of new drugs to the prediction of the structure of new catalytic materials.
This programme was established by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in response to the needs of industry for highly qualified research leaders with industrial experience and it provides for significant collaboration between academic institutions and industry.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (105 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation of approximately 15,000 words, and an oral presentation.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes and seminars. Assessment is through unseen examination, presentation, coursework and the resesarch project.
Further details available on subject website:
Students can be self-funded or find sponsorship from funding agencies such as research councils, the European Union, industry or charities.
There are a number of Graduate School Scholarships and departmental bursaries and prizes available.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme will appeal to a wide range of students with a science or engineering background who wish to carry out research in molecular modelling and progress towards an Mphil/EngD qualification in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study for an MRes in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science. Please tell us what has led you to research. What were the enjoyable or difficult aspects of your undergraduate projects? Do you have much experience of laboratory work or computing? What are the skills you most need to acquire?
- why you want to study for an MRes in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science at UCL. The MRes programme is research-oriented (58% in terms of credits). Tell us how you will make the most of this opportunity.
- how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme. How well did it prepare you for research? What skills do you want to acquire that will help you in a research career?
- how you anticipate your future career might proceed
This MRes provides the ideal foundation for further doctoral research with increasing career opportunities in the field of molecular modelling in sectors including sustainable energy, catalysis, nanotechnology, biomedical materials and pharmaceuticals.
"I was challenged and pushed hard, yet there is also a friendly and relaxed feel about the department. I really didn't want to go anywhere else."
"UCL has a unique combination of experimental and theoretical expertise in the area of Mineral Physics, which I work in, but it is the excellent collaborations I have with my colleagues that keeps me here."
Professor David Dobson
Professor of Earth Materials
Subject: Earth Sciences, Faculty: Mathematical and Physical Sciences