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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £5,060 (FT)
- £23,540 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
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, and for applications in the areas of functional materials, with particular focus on catalysis, energy and healthcare.
- Energy Materials and Catalysis
- Nano-Engineering for Smart Materials
- Pharmaceuticals and Biomedical Engineering
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).
- Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry (30 credits)
- The Scientific Literature (15 credits)
Options (choose two modules)
- Choice of one M level lecture programme in UCL (15 credits)
- Researcher Professional Development (15 credits)
- Mastering Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
- Transferable Skills for Chemists
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.
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.
- Now closed for 2018/19.
- Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit 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.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Integration Analyst, Delhaize America
- Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, UCL
- Graduate Engineer, Edwards
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London
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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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 numbers
› 52 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Chemistry
94% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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.
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 directly to obtain details of available projects. For more information, please see the CDT web page.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now