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F122 - Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training Year

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training Year

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: F122
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2021

This professionally accredited BSc degree quips you with a thorough understanding of all the main areas of chemistry and includes an industrial placement year to boost your skills and employability.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £23400

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

Chemistry touches every part of our lives. From food and medicine to biotechnology and renewable energy, its influence is endless. As a Chemist, you can have a great career and make a difference in the world.

Medicinal Chemistry is the discovery, design and synthesis of new clinical drugs. This exciting degree allows you to broaden your interests as you discover the subject.

You'll explore the role of chemistry in:

  • drug design
  • cancer chemotherapy
  • enzymology
  • toxicology

You'll study organic, inorganic, physical and structural chemistry. You'll investigate modern analytical techniques and computational chemistry. You can create your own distinct learning experience at Newcastle. You'll explore your interests as you discover the subject.

In Stage 3, you'll take your year in industry. Gaining work experience is invaluable for your future career. 

BSc or MChem?

Our chemistry degrees share a common first year. This ensures that you develop a solid foundation in chemistry and its many forms. You’ll explore the fundamentals of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

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Quality and ranking

We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.

Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Our chemistry degrees share a common first year. This ensures that you develop a solid foundation in chemistry and its many forms. You’ll explore the fundamentals of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Chemical Skills and Professionalism 10
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 20
General Chemistry 10
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry 20
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 20
Chemical Laboratory Skills 1 20
Optional Modules Credits
Natural Science Research Impact 10
Diversity of Life: Form and Function 20
Earth System Science 10
Mathematical Skills for Chemists 10
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Chemists 10

You'll explore concepts in medicinal chemistry including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, enzymes and drug design. You’ll be introduced to structure-based drug design using CCP4 Molecular Graphics software.

You'll take an employability module that includes a Professional Awareness Event. You'll have the opportunity to interact with a range of companies.

Modules

Compulsory Modules

ACE2077 Sustainable Solutions
CHY2010 Structural Chemistry
CHY2110 Organic Chemistry
CHY2210 Physical Chemistry
CHY2310 Inorganic Chemistry
CHY2410 Medicinal Chemistry
CHY2510 Chemistry Laboratory Skills 2

Optional Modules

BIO2017 Microbiology
CEG2604 Global Element Cycling
CHY2611 Applied Computational Medicinal Chemistry

You’ll complete a paid placement year. We will help you find a company that will give you invaluable work experience. With our links to industry, you’ll find a company that matches your interests.

You’re supported by visits from academic staff during your placement. You'll also complete a log book demonstrating the skills and learning achieved during your placement. This experience will help you to stand out in a competitive field.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Intercalating module for F102/F122 120

You'll discover more advanced concepts in medicinal chemistry including toxicology, enzymology, cancer chemotherapy and chemotherapy of infectious diseases.

You’ll also study advanced organic and inorganic chemistry, exploring topics including chemical nanoscience, synthesis and bioinorganic chemistry.

You’ll also complete an independent research literature project. This will help to develop your skills in reviewing, critiquing and presenting research material.

Modules

Compulsory Modules

CHY3010 Structural Chemistry
CHY3012 Chemical Skills and Employability
CHY3111 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHY3410 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
CHY3310 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHY3512 Chemistry Laboratory Skills 3M
CHY3511 Analytical Chemistry in Practice

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, tutorials and lab-based and computational experiments. You will have practical classes for two afternoons each week in Stage 1 and these increase in later years.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Practical sessions

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll have the opportunity to develop professional laboratory skills through practical experience in our high-spec teaching labs.

You'll also develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills. These will enable you to pursue careers outside of Chemistry, including:

  • accountancy
  • patent law
  • marketing

Business skills

You're able to develop business skills through:

  • employability skills modules across all stages
  • work placements
  • study abroad opportunities
  • industrial visits

You'll develop key skills, including:

  • writing proposals
  • writing scientific reports and papers
  • delivering presentations

You'll also network with industry at our Professional Awareness Day, empowering you to make decisions about your career.

Research skills

Research is at the heart of what we do. Our latest research discoveries feed into your curriculum. You'll learn on the cutting-edge of Chemistry. Our discoveries include:

  • discovery of new anti-cancer drugs
  • development of battery technology
  • creation of nanoscale electronics

Opportunities

Industrial placement

Your placement in Stage 3 is a great opportunity to gain first-hand work experience. You’ll experience the modern workplace and explore commercial projects. If you impress your host company, it could even result in a job offer upon graduation.

Our students have completed paid placements in leading companies including:

  • Akzo Nobel
  • AstraZeneca
  • Corus
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • P&G

Facilities and environment

Facilities

During your studies, you'll be based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at our city-centre campus.

You'll have the opportunity to study in well-resourced research laboratories and synthetic chemistry teaching laboratories. Our facilities also include:

  • physical chemistry laboratory
  • mechanical, glassblowing and electronic workshops, staffed by highly trained technicians
  • facilities for the synthesis and characterisation of novel materials
  • extensive computational resources for molecular modelling and dynamics
  • a centralised NMR facility which includes 200, 300 and 500 MHz spectrometers

Support

As a new student, you'll receive your own tablet as part of your studies. You'll also receive a lab coat for laboratory practicals.

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with any issues.

Your future

Join a network of successful graduates

92% of our 2016/17 graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating*.

Employers hold our graduates in high regard. Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of sectors, including:

  • drug development
  • pharmacologist
  • data analyst
  • laboratory technician

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Benefit from strong industry links

You'll also benefit from our well-established links with organisations within the industry, such as:

  • Astra Zeneca
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Proctor & Gamble

Make a difference

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Careers support

During your second year, you'll attend our Professional Awareness Day. We invite a broad mix of businesses to the event, carry out mock interviews and hold Q&A sessions with alumni. You're empowered to make decisions about your future career.

In your final year, you will have one-to-one meetings with an academic to discuss your professional future.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

A Level

ABB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£23400

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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