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Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes + EngD

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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 4 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£4,770 (FT) N/A (PT)
£22,180 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

The MRes/EngD programme starts each September. Applications are accepted throughout the year. To apply for funded studentships, it is advisable to contact the CDT manager direct to obtain details of available projects. For more information, please see our web page.
Fees note: All fees quoted are for new students only for 2016 entry. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase by approximately 3-5%.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; or a lower second-class Bachelor's degree with appropriate postgraduate training or industrial experience; or Master's degree in a relevant subject.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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The programme provides topical research projects in the key area of the development and application of state-of-the-art computer modelling and experimental characterisation techniques to determine structure/property relationships of materials and complex molecules, for applications in the areas of functional materials, with particular focus on catalysis, energy and healthcare.

Research areas

  • Energy Materials and Catalysis
  • Nano-Engineering for Smart Materials
  • Pharmaceuticals and Biomedical Engineering

Degree structure

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (total 45 credits), two optional modules (total 30 credits) and a research project (105 credits).

Core Modules

  • Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry (30 credits)
  • Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry (15 credits)

Options (choose two modules)
  • Choice of one M level lecture course in UCL (15 credits)
  • Researcher Professional Development (15 credits)
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship (15 credits)

Dissertation/report (105 credits)

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation of approximately 12,000-15,000 words, and an oral presentation.

Upon successful completion of the first year, the degree of MRes is confirmed and the students proceed to the second phase of the programme, the doctoral research project.

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 longer 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.


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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

E D Hughes Bursary

Variable (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on financial need

Franz Sondheimer Bursary Fund

£2,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding 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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Johnson Matthey, Senior Research Scientist
  • Technical Consultant, Red Oak Consulting
  • Systems Engineer, Cray
  • Consultant, D-fine (risk management consulting firm)
  • Technical Consultant, Credit Suisse


Employment prospects of successful graduates are excellent, as all research projects are carried out in collaboration with an external sponsor, providing extensive internships and first-hand experience of working in an industrial setting, whilst carrying out the research. Project management, business and entrepreneurship training also contribute to the employability of the programme’s graduates.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Molecular Modelling and Materials Science programme cuts across the physical, engineering and biomedical sciences, from the development of new drugs to the prediction of more benign catalytic materials.

This programme, established by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in response to the needs of industry for highly qualified research leaders with industrial experience, integrates training in cutting-edge computational and experimental techniques and their application to real-life industrially relevant research. The programme includes significant collaboration between UCL and industrial partners.

Student / staff ratios › 53 staff › 50 taught students › 163 research students

Department: Chemistry

Degree reviews

Staff review

"Through UCL I’ve benefited from access to an internationally leading research community and from interaction with exceptional students."

Dr Tony Kenyon

PhD training in EEE EngD in Molecular Modelling and Materials, Science CDT in Photonics Systems Development, Nanotechnology MSc, and Wireless and Optical Communications MSc
Reader in Photonic Materials

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

The MRes/EngD programme starts each September. Applications are accepted throughout the year. To apply for funded studentships, it is advisable to contact the CDT manager direct to obtain details of available projects. For more information, please see our web page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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