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  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    A key part of the training is this 12-month MRes, which provides a thorough foundation in the science and application of plastic electronic materials.

    The MRes course also offers practical training in diverse areas including microscopy, printing and processing, device fabrication and molecular modelling.

    Visiting industrial lecturers will teach advanced courses in the state-of-the-art methods and technology. You also have the option to develop the MRes project as an entrepreneurship exercise.

    Participating departments are Physics, Chemistry and Materials at Imperial and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London.

    On starting the 4-year program, students first take a 12 month MRes programme, the MRes in Plastic Electronic Materials during which they will be taught the physics, chemistry, materials science and device engineering of plastic electronic materials and complete an interdisciplinary research project. They will receive hands-on training in diverse areas including microscopy, printing and processing, device fabrication and molecular modelling. During the PhD, students will pursue their chosen research area in depth, under the guidance of two supervisors from different disciplines, and with continuing participation in advanced courses, and professional skills development.

    The course begins in the first term (October-December) with a fixed lecture programme of core courses, which will be followed up in the second term (January-March) with advanced courses and one elective course. Each core lecture module is compulsory and the material covered is examined in January. The core courses, along with the elective courses, address the demand for the breadth of knowledge that we aim to cover.

    There are four core compulsory lecture courses in the first term delivered by lecturers from the participating departments at Imperial College.

    1. Molecular and polymer chemistry (Prof. Iain McCulloch, Prof Martin Heeney, from Chemistry)
    2. Materials science applied to macromolecular materials   (Prof Natalie Stingelin, Dr Sandrine Heutz from Materials)
    3. Molecular physics, optoelectronic processes and modelling (Prof. Jenny Nelson, Dr Ji-Seon Kim  from Physics) 
    4. Device physics and applications of electroactive materials (Dr Alasdair Campbell, Prof Thomas Anthopoulos, Dr Piers Barnes  from Physics)

    Advanced Courses

    There are two advanced courses ran during the second term, Structural, optical and electrical characterisation of molecular materials and Design and processing of molecular materials.

    Practical Workshops

    A distinctive feature of the MRes are the practical workshops, each one often running over several days. These tailored courses are organised in conjunction with, and frequently hosted by industrial partners of the CDT. The courses offered will be confirmed during the year, but are likely to include:

    • Design and processing of molecular materials
    • Structural, optical and electrical characterisation
    • Safety, chemical handling and laboratory techniques
    • Imaging and advanced measurement of molecular electronic materials
    • Polymer processing
    • High volume printing
    • Device fabrication
    • Molecular modelling

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    The MRes course is open to graduates with at least an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related disciplines, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

    Fully funded studentships from the PE-CDT for the MRes+PhD programme are available for eligible students. 

    For first MRes year

    Tuition fees (2015–2016):

    • Home/EU Full-time — £14,000
    • Overseas Full-time — £29,000
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