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Interdisciplinary Chemical Research MRes



What will I learn?


Our Chemistry master's course provides a unique opportunity to work with two academic supervisors from multiple specialisms on an interdisciplinary research project. This will encourage you to think innovatively, outside of the traditional boundaries of chemistry. You will also gain key skills in research techniques, analytical and ethical thinking, project planning, and communication. This Chemistry MRes provides the ideal platform for anyone contemplating a career in scientific research, or associated fields.

Course Description:

The Chemistry MRes is a research-intensive. The first four months will equip you with the required skills in terms of what is research, how do you go about planning and communicating it, and how do you execute it, either experimentally (in the lab, using instruments) or computationally (using computers and programming), or a combination of the two. It will also cover some cutting-edge areas of scientific research at King’s, and broader skills such as understanding ethics and inclusivity in research.

The remainder of the course will be an open-ended research project that you perform under the supervision of two academic supervisors, to perform an interdisciplinary research project. This might be physically in two laboratories or fully computational; it could also be bridging two different fields of chemistry, or combining cutting edge chemistry with parallel sciences, such as pharmacy, physics, biophysics, biology, biomaterials, biochemistry, etc. All projects enable you to become an active scientist and researcher. The Chemistry MRes is currently comprised of three required modules, totalling 180 credits. Within each module there is choice, allowing you to customise your study based upon both your previous experience, and your desired research skills. The duration of the course is one year.

The majority of assessment focuses upon active skills required to be a modern researcher, including writing literature reviews, research proposals, computational and experimental laboratory reports, poster presentations, oral presentations and oral viva’s. Your research will culminate in your thesis, which will be written in the style of a scientific article.


Our Chemistry master's provides the ideal foundation for those wishing to enter a career in scientific research. Specifically, this course is ideal for those planning to go onto PhD studies, with many of the skills covered here being required when applying for competitive PhD positions. Additionally, it will benefit any career touching upon research, such as the fields of scientific communication, publishing, patents, etc. Finally, numerous transferrable skills are included in this program, which is useful in securing a wide range of professional roles.

Which department am I in?

King's College, London

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£29,310.00 (US$ 36,059) per year
This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected July 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023


Guy's Campus

New Hunts House,



SE1 1UL, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who have completed a Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in the United States of America will be considered. Grades may vary depending upon the course chosen.

For international students

A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above. If you have a lower degree classification, or a degree in an unrelated subject, your application may be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience, or offer a related graduate qualification (such as a Masters or PGDip). Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with any of the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill; TOEFL IBT: 92 overall, with a minimum 23 in each skill.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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