Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

You’ll develop deep understanding of the complex chemical and biological processes involved in the design and manufacture of drugs and other therapies for treating disease. This course prepares you to help solve problems at the intersection of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and pharmacology.  Practical Chemistry is taught in state of the art teaching laboratories and staff have direct experience of working in Pharmaceutical companies and can therefore challenge you to develop the rigorous and demanding scientific approach that the industry expects. 

Single Honours
Study abroad
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: F123

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Course Overview

The goal of medicinal chemistry is to support the search for new drugs to treat conditions such as heart disease, obesity and cancer. You’ll work in well-equipped laboratories and be taught by a team of engaging academics who deliver a course that consistently achieves excellent levels of student satisfaction.

In your final year you will undertake a research project and learn how to conduct effective independent research. Keele also offers support to find a summer industrial or research placement in Year 2.

You’ll develop essential skills for employment, such as problem solving, presentation and communication. If you take the Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry route your degree will be accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Combined honours Medicinal Chemistry is offered to study alongside other subjects, popular combinations being biochemistry and neuroscience.

What will this mean for my future?

The British Pharmaceutical Industry is at the forefront of global pharmaceutical development and is the UK’s largest manufacturing exporter. Our Medicinal Chemistry graduates have excellent employment prospects, whether at the cutting edge of drug discovery or in a wide range of related fields. For example you might go to work for a pharmaceutical company, either as a research scientist or in a more business related role. Alternatively, you might work as a development chemist taking lead drug compounds through to a manufacturing scale or an analytical chemist profiling the metabolites of a potential drug.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Chemical Structure and Reactivity
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills
  • Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry

Second Year

  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry I
  • Spectroscopy and Analysis
  • Molecular Chemistry and Reactions
  • Industrial Chemistry

Third Year

  • Medicinal Chemistry Research Project
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry II
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis
  • Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms