Drug Chemistry MSc

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000 part time £3,000
International: full time £15,490 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme provides advanced training in modern drug chemistry both organic and medicinal. You will cover the following areas:

  • how new drugs are developed: conception, application, testing and industrial production
  • chemistry pertinent to drug design
  • essential topics of drug design
  • potential therapies not yet established commercially
  • laboratory work, including COSHH and safety

This programme aims to provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in:

  • practical laboratory chemistry
  • data analysis and numeracy
  • spectroscopy and chemical characterisation
  • specialist aspects of drug chemistry
  • research methods

Research projects provide hands-on experience of working within a medicinal chemistry team and provide training in both laboratory and analytical skills. Previous projects have involved the synthesis of anti-biotic, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-cancer compounds. Projects have also focused on modern medicinal natural product chemistry.

We provide an ideal setting for the study of drug chemistry with state of the art, modern teaching and research facilities along with a major research strength in drug and medicinal chemistry. We have strong links with research groups in the pharmaceutical industry and Newcastle Medical School (for example, the Northern Institute for Cancer Research and the School of Biomedical Sciences).


The programme consists of taught elements and research preparation. and a research project and dissertation.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class BSc Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a chemistry related subject such as biochemistry, chemical technology, applied chemistry or industrial chemistry.
We also consider applicants whose degree included a significant element of organic chemistry, such as pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, veterinary science, biology, biomedical sciences, zoology, microbiology, biotechnology or genetics. Applicants with lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of at least 6.0, TOEFL 79 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 54 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Dr Michael Hall
School of Chemistry
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7069
E-mail: pg.chemistry@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Chemistry.