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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

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Part-time students must obtain 75 credits in year one. They also need to attend three days a week (full time) for six weeks at the start of year one. In year two they work on their research project.

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) £2,455 (PT)
£22,850 (FT) £11,420 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

Students take both modules listed below (45 credits) and submit a research dissertation (105 credits).

  • Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry
  • The Scientific Literature

Optional modules

Students take 30 credits drawn from the following:

  • Researcher Professional Development
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • Transferable Skills for Scientists
  • Numerical Methods


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 is available on the department website: 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.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit 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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD Chemistry, The University of Oxford
  • Engineer, Mohan Boiler and Fraser Vessel Inspection Institute
  • PhD Nanomaterials, University College London (UCL)
  • Phd Physics, University College London (UCL)
  • PhD Chemistry, Technische Universität Berlin (Technical Universit


The training provided by this program will enable the student to enter into a wide range of fields. Students may continue in academia to complete a PhD or pursue teaching as a profession. Students with the skills obtained during this study are highly sought after by the industrial sector, including IT, sustainable energy, catalysis, nanotechnology, biomedical materials and pharmaceuticals. Students are very likely to be welcome in the financial sector.

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 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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.

Department: Chemistry

Student / staff numbers › 50 taught students › 163 research students

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
76% 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.

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 or those who wish to develop skills to work in molecular modelling both nationally and internationally.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

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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