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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. The goal of medicinal chemistry is to support the search for new drugs to treat conditions such as heart disease and cancer. You’ll work in well-equipped laboratories, and learn to conduct effective independent research. Keele also offers support to find an industrial or research placement for a summer. You’ll develop essential skills for employment, such as problem solving, presentation and communication. If you take this as a major route, your degree will be accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.Dual Honours Course Information Document (PDF)
Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2016 entry on our Module Catalogue. Please note this is not a guaranteed module list for future intakes:Module Catalogue
Skills and Careers
What will this mean for my future?
Our Medicinal Chemistry graduates have excellent employment prospects, whether at the cutting edge of drug discovery or in a wide range of related fields. 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 in a different organisation as a development chemist, a research assistant, or a site chemist.
Codes and Combinations
Codes and Combinations
Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information
All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).
can be combined with:
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On the Medicinal Chemistry Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.
No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination.
BSc Medicinal Chemistry Major Route is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Please note the following:
Study abroad, because studying abroad has potential implications for Royal Society of Chemistry accreditation of the BSc Medicinal Chemistry degree students wishing to Study Abroad must discuss this in advance with the School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, Chemistry and Forensic Science ‘Study Abroad tutor’ to identify and agree whether any guided study will be required to ensure their eligibility for Royal Society of Chemistry Accreditation.