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F151 - Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: F151
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2023
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This professionally accredited BSc degree equips you with a thorough understanding of all the main areas of chemistry, alongside in-depth knowledge of those aspects of chemistry that are important to the pharmaceutical industry.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £26400

Entry requirements and offers

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
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.

The facilities are outstanding at Newcastle. You'll have the opportunity to study in modern research laboratories and synthetic chemistry teaching laboratories.

BSc or MChem?

The MChem programme is perfect for those pursuing a career within scientific research.

Our MChem degree follows the normal BSc curriculum, plus a further year of advanced study. You'll undertake a research project in the fourth year. You'll gain valuable experience of working in a research environment.

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Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.

View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information, which gives details of circumstances that may lead to changes to programmes, modules or University services.

Additional information

Flexible degree structure

Our chemistry degrees share a common first year. This ensures that you develop a solid foundation in chemistry and its many forms.

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
Additional compulsory module information
If you have A Level Maths grade C or below you take the following compulsory module:
 
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
Additional optional module information
The following optional module is not available if you have A Level Maths grade C or below:

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 Credits
Sustainable Solutions 10
Structural Chemistry 10
Organic Chemistry 20
Physical Chemistry 20
Inorganic Chemistry 20
Medicinal Chemistry 10
Chemical Laboratory Skills 2 20
Optional Modules Credits
Global Element Cycling 10
Applied Computational Medicinal Chemistry 10
Chemistry of the Atmosphere 10

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 Credits
Advanced Structural Chemistry 10
Professional Development and Employability Skills for Chemists 10
Advanced Organic Chemistry 20
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 20
Advanced Medicinal Chemistry 20
Analytical Chemistry in Practice 20
Chemical Laboratory Skills 3M 20

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 training year

We also offer Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) BSc Honours degree. The placement takes place in Stage 3.

An industrial training year is a great opportunity to gain 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. 

For BSc students, the placement year is not assessed but you write a report on your placement.

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

To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will 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)
  • 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

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

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

Enterprising students

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Careers support

Our Enterprise Challenge gives students the opportunity to work with industry on a project that tackles real-world issues. Watch the above video to find out more.

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

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements and offers

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.

A Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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. 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 2023 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£26400

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

Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.

Read more about fees and funding

Scholarships

We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

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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Scholarships

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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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