Medicinal Chemistry

Course type: Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course Overview

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.

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Medicinal Chemistry.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Chemical Concepts and Structure
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills I
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills II
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Organic Synthesis and Chirality
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry I
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Dual Honours Research Project
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Optional core modules: 

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry*
  • Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic reaction Mechanisms*

*Dual Honours Major Medicinal Chemistry students must take one of these.

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Medicinal Chemistry.

First year

Core modules: 

  • Chemical Concepts and Structure
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills I
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills II
  • Chemical Properties and Reactions

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Organic Synthesis and Chirality
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry I
  • Spectroscopy and Analytical Chemistry
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Third year

Core modules:

  • Medicinal Chemistry Research Project
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry*
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Optional core modules:

  • Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic reaction Mechanisms*
  • Radicals, Phases and Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Biochemistry and Therapy of Disease

*Dual Honours Major Medicinal Chemistry students must take one of these. 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 46%
  • Guided independent study – 54%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 40%
  • Guided independent study – 60% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 19%
  • Guided independent study – 81%

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.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Medicinal Chemistry with Foundation Year: C723 View KIS Stats

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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Study abroad

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. 

Accreditation

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.

Find out more about the course

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)