Modes and duration
- Full-time: 4 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £4,635 (FT)
- £21,530 (FT)
A good UK Master’s degree in a relevant physical sciences or engineering subject, an MSci (or MChem, MPhys, MEng, etc.) with upper second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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.
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.
Select your country:
- Energy Materials and Catalysis
- Nano-Engineering for Smart Materials
- Pharmaceuticals and Biomedical Engineering
The first year consists of an MRes programme which 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.
Upon successful completion of the first year, the degree of MRes is conferred 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 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.
- Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
- Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
- Variable (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on financial need
- £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 (2014)
- Graduate Programme, Edwards Vacuum (2013)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego (2013)
- Consultant, D-fine (risk management consulting firm) (2012)
- Technical Consultant, Credit Suisse (2011)
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
"Through UCL I’ve benefited from access to an internationally leading research community and from interaction with exceptional students."
Dr Tony KenyonPhD 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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now