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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.

About this degree

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 three core modules (60 credits), one optional /elective module (15 credits) and a research project (105 credits).

Compulsory modules

Students take modules listed below (60 credits) and submit a research dissertation (105 credits).

  • Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry
  • Molecular Modelling and Materials Science Literature Review
  • Transferable Skills for Scientists

Optional modules

Students either take one module drawn from the following or take one from UCL postgraduate course worth 15 credits.

  • Researcher Professional Development
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Rings, Chains and Clusters
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Principles of Drug Design
  • Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • New Directions in Materials Chemistry
  • Simulation Methods in Materials Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Environmental and Energy Materials
  • Organic Photochemistry Radicals and Heterocycles
  • Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • Numerical Methods in Chemistry

Dissertation/report

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.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

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.

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

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

Applications

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

26 July 2019

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.


Visit the Molecular Modelling and Materials Science MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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