Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes

The Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes programme provides training in the key area of the application of state-of-the-art computer modelling and experimental characterisation techniques to determine the structure, properties and functionalities of materials and complex molecules.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

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

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

Entry Requirements

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.

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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Degree Information

The programme provides specific training in molecular modelling methods and structure determination and characterisation techniques applicable to the materials sciences, together with tuition in research methods and the use of literature sources. The taught modules cover both specialist scientific topics and general project management and professional skills training relevant to the industrial environment.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (105 credits).

Core Modules

  • Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry
  • The Scientific Literature


  • Choice of one M level lecture course at UCL.
  • Researcher Professional Development
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation of approximately 12,000 to 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 research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes


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.

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.

Brown Family Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

£15,000 (1 year)
UK students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


This MRes provides the ideal foundation for employment in a range of industries or further doctoral research, with increasing career opportunities in sectors including sustainable energy, catalysis, nanotechnology, biomedical materials and pharmaceuticals.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Chemistry's 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.

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

Department: Chemistry

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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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 (60% 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match what the programme will deliver.

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