Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Science - BSc (Hons)
Analyse the science behind a crime scene and learn how pharmaceuticals interact with our bodies to develop drugs to combat disease. Our Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Science BSc will provide you with a strong set of transferable skills suited to a range of roles in the science, education and health sectors.
Why study Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Science at Keele University?
Accreditation and professional recognition
This programme is recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science. It is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science if you specialise in Forensic Science, or by the Royal Society of Chemistry if you specialise in Medicinal Chemistry.
What is it like to be a Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry student at Keele?
"I definitely feel that the degree course I studied at Keele provided me with an excellent advantage when applying for this job due to the amount of instrumentation we were able to use and the breadth of information we were taught. My course had a module devoted to the analysis of drugs of abuse which definitely gave me the information I needed to get through my interview. It taught me many techniques that are used within the forensic field such as TLC, GC-MS and HPLC which I now use on a daily basis within my job."
"I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate at Keele immensely. The variety of topics studied and skills acquired during the course are stimulating and diverse and it equips you well for various jobs after graduating. After initially graduating I spent time working for the forensic investigations unit of Cheshire Police and for a global pharmaceutical company where I utilised the instrumental skills I acquired through study of chemical analysis."
Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to learn from a number of guest lecturers from the profession who contribute either a single or short series of lectures, workshops or practical classes in a range of forensic science topics. This will enable you to gain valuable insight into today's industry and network with potential employers, colleagues and mentors.
Central Science Laboratories
Develop your practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories
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.
Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. 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 combined honours Foundation Year course is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Science degree. For example, the Foundations of Chemistry module will provide you with a basic understanding of the key concepts and fundamental terminology of chemistry. Meanwhile, the Foundations of Life Sciences Module looks at basic cell biology in terms of structure and function and goes on to examine how cells obtain their energy and raw materials. It considers how organisms interact and analyses the effects of climate change on ecosystems. All of the modules you take will prove useful in your degree and professional career. 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.
Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage.
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-00185||Practical and Academic Skills in Science||15 credits|
|FYO-00211||Foundations in Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Scientists||15 credits|
|FYO-00189||Foundations of Chemistry||15 credits|
|FYO-00197||Foundations of Life Sciences||15 credits|
Semester two modules
|FYO-00191||Advancing Chemistry||30 credits|
|FYO-00199||Advancing Life Sciences||30 credits|
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 Kingdom, European Union and International students.
- Between 40-56 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
- Relevant work experience
- GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
- IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)
- GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above
How to apply
Students will need to apply for BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry with Foundation Year (UCAS code C723) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Following the submission of your application a member of our team will contact you to confirm the subject combination you wish to study.
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.
We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.
Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.
In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.
Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.
For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.
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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