This degree provides in-depth knowledge of those aspects of chemistry that are important to the pharmaceutical industry. Your specialist medicinal chemistry topics include:
- cancer chemotherapy
In your fourth year, you take advanced modules, such as:
- advanced methods in drug discovery
- organic synthesis for drug targets
- further organic and inorganic chemistry
Supported by our research-active staff, you also conduct an extended research project in an area of chemistry of your choice, contributing to knowledge at the cutting edge of the field.
BSc or MChem?
If you are planning for a career in chemical research in industry or academia, or you wish to study for a higher qualification such as a PhD, we suggest you apply for an MChem degree.
Our MChem degrees last four years and provide a more in-depth study of chemistry compared to our BSc degrees. They also include a research project in the fourth year, which gives you experience of working in a research environment.
Flexible degree structure
All of our chemistry degrees share the same first year. We allow you to explore your subject and find out where your interests lie. You can then transfer between degrees if you want to.
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.
This degree is professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. It fully meets the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).
Find out more on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s website.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
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, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or numbers of students interested in an optional module.
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.
All of our chemistry degrees share the same first year, building on your existing knowledge of chemistry with modules covering general chemistry; organic chemistry; physical chemistry; inorganic chemistry; biological and medicinal chemistry; and analytical chemistry.
You'll continue to build on your knowledge of organic chemistry; physical chemistry; inorganic chemistry; and structural chemistry. You'll take a group assignment module to enhance your employability.
We also introduce you to bioactive natural products from plant and marine organisms and their role in naturally derived drugs. You'll study the principles of drug design.
|Professional Development and Employability Skills||20|
|Bioactive Natural Products||10|
|Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design||10|
You'll study advanced organic and inorganic chemistry, both of which include an advanced laboratory course. Your Medicinal Chemistry focus will incorporate modules that reflect the specialist nature of the course, including cancer chemotherapy; practical medicinal chemistry; toxicology; and enzymology.
|Research Literature Project||30|
|Advanced Organic Chemistry||30|
|Advanced Medicinal Chemistry||30|
|Advanced Inorganic Chemistry||30|
The final year includes an extended research project, developing your professional-level research skills.
You'll also choose from a range of advanced modules on specialist topics.
|Advanced Methods in Drug Discovery||10|
|Advanced Problem Solving||10|
Teaching and assessment
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.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You'll learn professional laboratory skills required to work in this vital sector through practical experience in our high-spec teaching labs.
In Stage 2 you'll take a group assignment module to create a learning pack on a given topic, teaching you highly transferable skills – from giving presentations, to networking and working with a group of your peers to deliver a range of tasks. This prepares you to be an agile graduate, ready for your chosen career path.
You'll conduct an extended research project in an area of chemistry of your choice in Stage 4. You'll be supported by our research-active staff, and this will develop and hone your professional research skills.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. We also offer Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Study Abroad) MChem Honours degree.
You spend Stage 3 studying chemistry at one of our partner institutions abroad. We have partners in:
- North America
The year abroad is assessed on the basis of a research project you conduct while overseas. You also take distance learning modules in advanced organic and inorganic chemistry.
You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
Industrial training year
We also offer Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) MChem Honours degree. The placement takes place in Stage 3.
An industrial training year is a great opportunity to gain first-hand work experience. If you impress your host company, it could even result in a job offer on graduation.
It's also an opportunity to build valuable skills such as teamwork, communication and project management.
The placement year is assessed, and you'll complete a research project and distance learning modules in advanced organic and inorganic chemistry.
In the past students have found placements throughout the UK and, occasionally, overseas with companies including:
- Akzo Nobel
Facilities and environment
Based in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, you'll have access to our world-leading research labs where you'll develop professional laboratory skills. Other facilities include:
- physical chemistry laboratory
- mechanical and electronic workshops, staffed by highly trained technicians
- facilities for the synthesis and characterisation of novel materials
- a centralised X-ray diffraction service
- extensive computational resources for molecular modelling and dynamics
- a centralised NMR facility which includes 300, 500 and 700 MHz spectrometers
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.
To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 receive a tablet so you can download the online learning resources you’ll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable).
Join a network of successful graduates
Our Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry degrees are particularly suited to careers in:
- hospital laboratories
- firms specialising in clinical diagnosis
82% of our Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem Honours graduates were employed or in further study within six months of graduating, with an average salary of £22,571*.
They were employed in roles such as:
- laboratory technician
- product testing analyst
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
A degree in chemistry can lead to a whole range of careers. If you want to pursue chemistry research in industry or academia, a good chemistry degree (usually an MChem) is essential, often followed by a research (PhD) degree.
Most chemistry graduates choose to pursue careers in scientific research-related roles or in technical occupations.
The main employers are those in the chemical and related industries such as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, petrochemicals, toiletries, plastics, and polymers. Other key employment sectors include the food and drink industry; utilities and energy research; health and medical; research organisations and agencies.
A small proportion of chemistry graduates will choose to enter very different career areas. The problem-solving and analytical skills you'll acquire will make you highly employable. They provide a good subset for non-science-related, well-paid graduate jobs.
Make a difference
During your second year, you'll get to attend to a Professional Awareness Day. We invite a broad mix of business representatives to the event, carry out mock interviews and hold Q&A sessions with alumni.
We also organise one-to-one meetings between final year students and academics 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+ inititiative.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Entrance courses (INTO)
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Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.
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.
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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