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.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • FF4C

Duration of study

  • 3 years/ 4 years with International Year

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Why study Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Science at Keele University?

No. 1 in England for Forensic Science (Complete University Guide, 2022)
Use a wide variety of research grade experimental equipment in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories
Professional accreditation pathways are available
Our 600-acre campus offers fantastic indoor and outdoor simulated crime scene facilities to develop your practical and professional skills
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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.

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

Carlie Whiting

"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."

Carlie, Forensic Science and Criminology

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A forensic scientist at work

"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."

Richard, Biology and Forensic Science

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Guest Speakers

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. 

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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 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

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-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

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 

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.

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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