Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry - BSc (Hons)

Explore how life and the systems within it exist at a molecular level to make exciting advances in medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology whilst considering global health issues to develop your understanding of drug design. Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry at Keele delivers the knowledge and techniques to enable you to pursue a variety of careers in a range of sectors.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • CFR1

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry at Keele University?

Top 10 in England for Biochemistry (National Student Survey, 2021)
Develop your core practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art laboratories
Enhance your employability with the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad
Professional accreditation pathways are available
Discover diverse cultures through an international year at a partner university across the globe
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Accreditation and professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology if you specialise in Biochemistry, or the Royal Society of Chemistry if you specialise in Medicinal Chemistry. Graduates from accredited degree programmes are equipped with well-rounded knowledge and skill sets, making them highly employable both within and beyond their chosen field.

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Robert, Biochemistry and Human Biology

"The course enabled me to gain a broad perspective of different aspects of Human Biology. From studying cells and biological molecules to learning about organ systems. After completing my degree I was accepted onto AstraZeneca's Innovative Medicines and Early Development graduate programme. "

Robert, Biochemistry and Human Biology

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What is it like to be a Medicinal Chemistry student at Keele?

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Learn from inspiring and award-winning academics

A dynamic group of staff with a broad range of expertise teach on the programme and bring a wealth of experience acquired through fundamental and applied research across a diverse range of areas.

In the Chemistry departmeny many of our teaching staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, the professional body for teachers in Higher Education. Fellowship provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

A number of our academic staff have also achieved national recognition for their excellence and innovation in teaching and hold awards from a variety of institutions, including the Royal Society of Chemistry.
In testament to our teaching excellence, many of the teaching methods we use have been adopted by other chemistry departments in the UK and beyond.

Chemistry department award

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Central Science Laboratories

Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course Content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation Year is a is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Cell and Tissue Engineering course. For example, the Foundations of Human Biology in Health module
consolidates any prior learning of human biology to build your knowledge of the functioning of a healthy human body. Starting with a look at basic cell biology, you will explore the main types of body tissues and structures and discuss how body systems work.

Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.

On this Foundation Year, we will advance your knowledge of human biology and chemistry, giving you a solid grasp of body systems, science and lab work. You'll develop safe, professional laboratory skills and get to know the mathematical techniques and quantitative methods used across health science-related and social care programmes.

Throughout the programme, you will develop subject-specific and broad based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, including information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage

Course Structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester One Modules

FYO-00237 Foundations of Human Biology for Health 15 credits
 FYO-00189 Foundations in Chemistry 15 credits
FYO-00213 Foundations of Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Health Students 15 credits
FYO-00185
Practical and Academic Skills in Science 15 credits

Semester Two Modules

FYO-00239 Advancing Human Biology for Health 30 credits
FYO-00191 Advancing Chemistry for Health 30 credits

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

AND

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above 

How to Apply

UCAS Applications

Visit UCAS for applications. You should apply for Bioengineering (Regenerative Medicine) with Foundation Year through UCAS at www.ucas.com. 

UCAS code: C111

Direct Entry Students

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly. 

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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Discover the Keele difference

Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, and you’ll soon feel at home and make friends wherever you go.

We help students manage their money and ensure that they receive any funding for which they may be eligible.

Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.