This course provides advanced training in modern organic and medicinal chemistry from conception to production of novel drugs. It enables you to understand and experience the way modern small molecule medicine is developing. You will gain hands-on experience of working within a medicinal chemistry team during your research project.
The course is suitable if you have a background in the chemical or pharmaceutical sciences. It includes 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit practical project.
Themes include drug design, metabolism and toxicology with an understanding of synthetic organic chemistry. Building on University research strengths, specialist topics include bio-imaging and modern approaches to chemotherapy. You will develop expertise in drug design as practised in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia.
You will also gain knowledge of modern and experimental therapies developing in the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.
The course is delivered through the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences in collaboration with the Northern Institute of Cancer Research and the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The School will provide personal study support throughout your course.
Your work is in chemistry and biology laboratories using modern analytical equipment with access to computer clusters, specialist computer software, online resources, an extensive library and dedicated study areas. All teaching takes place at the university's campus in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has modern teaching and research facilities along with major research strengths in drug and medicinal chemistry. Our new teaching laboratories, costing £1.9 million, have recently opened.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- CHY8811 Research Project and Dissertation
- CHY8812 Research Preparation and Development
- CHY8820 Organic Synthesis for Drug Targets
- CHY8821 Modern Methods in Drug Discovery
- CHY8822 Drug Metabolism and Toxicology
- CHY8823 Theory and Practice of Chemotherapy
- CHY8824 Methods and Techniques for Drug Chemistry
- CHY8825 Proteins as Drugs Targets: structure, function, and molecular modelling
Optional modulesOptional modules
You shall take 20 credits of optional modules normally selected from the following list:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
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Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100
Full time: £21,600
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 BSc honours degree, or international equivalent, in a chemistry related subject, such as:
- chemical technology
- applied chemistry
- industrial chemistry
We also consider applicants whose undergraduate degree included a significant element of organic chemistry, such as:
- pharmaceutical sciences
- veterinary science
- biomedical sciences
Applicants with lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at 5.5)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.