Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

The UK has a solid pharmaceutical sector that is driven by innovation and the desire to make a real difference. The pharmaceutical industry has a need for highly skilled graduates with a strong background in organic chemistry, coupled with an understanding of drug discovery and biochemical areas.

Our Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery BSc course has been designed to ensure you have the skills needed to succeed in the pharmaceutical industry.

More about this course

Our Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery BSc degree offers the opportunity to study chemistry as a major subject along with subjects allied to the pharmaceutical industries.

This exciting course will allow you to develop technical and transferable skills and competencies in a range of specialist areas. For instance in Year 1 of the degree you will develop a sound understanding of the core chemistry principles, while in Year 2 you will deepen your knowledge of the drug discovery process with an emphasis on topics relevant to the pharmaceutical industry. In Year 3, you can specialise further in medicinal chemistry and molecular modelling. You will also undertake a research project in medicinal or synthetic chemistry.

A typical week involves a minimum of 12 hours' contact time with academic staff in a variety of forms including lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops or practicals. You will conduct practicals and projects in one of the largest and most advanced science teaching facilities in Europe.

Our Learning Centre has many areas for group or independent study with Wi-Fi and computer facilities, as well as a café where you can take a break and relax with friends over a coffee. We've also invested in additional interactive, digital laboratory resources, which will help you prepare for practical classes and written practical reports.

There is also the opportunity to become a member of the Life Sciences society, which in turn can provide you with the opportunity to attend several social and professional events. This welcoming society will help you build the skills you'll need for a career within life sciences and provides support to help make life sciences fun and enjoyable to study.

Assessment

The way you're assessed will vary depending on the module. Examples of assessment methods include coursework, such as problem solving exercises, written assignments, practical reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as poster presentations or oral examinations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests.

The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. We aim to ensure that lecturers return in-course assessments promptly – usually within 10 working days after the submission date.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code MC10
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least a minimum of grades BCC with CC expected in Chemistry and Biology (or a minimum of 104 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits) but must also meet the science entry requirements described above. You should take level 3 qualifications in Chemistry and Biology in addition to your Advanced Diploma.
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (or grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Sciences Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

The first year of the course includes modules covering general and organic chemistry and concepts in chemistry and cell biology to give you a good background in the essential aspects of medicinal chemistry.

In the second year you will take a range of modules, which are likely to include organic chemistry, pharmacodynamics and drug actions and a specialist module called drug discovery.

In your third year, there is the opportunity to take specialist modules – examples include advanced organic chemistry, bioinformatics and molecular modelling and medicinal chemistry. You will also undertake a directed final year research project.

After the course

On graduation you will be equipped to take up an exciting role in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or consulting industries, or progress to postgraduate study.

Careers include roles in medicinal chemistry, drug design, pharmaceutical analysis and research. The strong emphasis on developing transferable skills, with extensive analytical and mathematical skills, could alternatively lead you to pursue a career in teaching, finance or management.

You may also want to progress to further study, opting to undertake an MSc or a PhD.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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