Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Science 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Science.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: FF4C

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Course Overview

For the Medicinal Chemistry element of the course, 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.

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.

For the Forensic Science, element of the course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of Forensic Science, taught by academics and forensic professionals, as well as gaining valuable lab and crime scene experience, helping you to stay ahead in this fast moving science. You will cover key forensic areas such as genetics, anthropology, toxicology, ballistics and arson, alongside newer fields such as digital forensics. You will also develop your analytical science skills, so that you are able to analyse any piece of evidence you should encounter. This is complemented by additional emphasis on professional practice and an understanding of the roles of the crime scene investigator and the forensic scientist as an expert witness in the court.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Equipped with key scientific skills, practical experience and vital communication, team working and problem-solving abilities, you will become an independent scientist who will offer a great deal to prospective employers. Graduates have progressed to a range of different careers, including, within the forensic science sector, analytical laboratories, and teaching.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Chemical Science Principles
  • Forensic Science Principles
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Identification
  • Chemical Structure and Reactivity
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills

Second Year

  • Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Criminalistic Methods
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Molecular Chemistry and Reactions
  • Spectroscopy and Analysis
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry I

Third Year

  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson
  • Forensic Geoscience
  • Advanced Topics in Forensic Analysis
  • Forensic Science Team Project
  • Medicinal Chemistry Research Project
  • Medicinal Chemistry Dissertation
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry II
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics, Photochemistry and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis*
  • Forensic Toxicology*

*Major Route Medicinal Chemistry Only

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Medicinal Chemistry A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Medicinal Chemistry modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

30-105

15-30

30

0

0-15

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 105 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

It is possible to transfer onto the following courses from BSc Medicinal Chemistry. You may elect to transfer between any of the courses tabulated below according to the deadlines given:

Degree Title

Duration

Transfer Deadline

BSc Medicinal Chemistry with International Year (Combined Honours)

4 years

Transfer by week 1 of semester 1 of year 2

BSc Chemistry (Combined Honours)

3 years

Transfer by week 1 of semester 1 of year 2

BSc Chemistry (Single Honours)

3 years

Transfer by week 1 of semester 1 of year 2

MChem Chemistry

4 years

Transfer by week 1 of semester 1 of year 2

 

A summary of the BSc Medicinal Chemistry with International Year programme is provided in Annex A. Please consult the MChem programme specification for full details. Please consult the BSc Chemistry programme specification for full details.

 

Forensic Science  A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Forensic Science modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

45

15

15

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Medicinal Chemistry Year 1 (Level 4)

There are two compulsory 30-credit modules taken by all chemistry students at Level 4.

Whilst laying the foundations of the principles and vocabulary of Chemistry, you will be challenged to question knowledge and the nature of knowledge when you start to encounter problems that have more than one answer or interpretation.  You will be exposed to experimental evidence from a variety of sources and start to learn how such evidence supports, undermines or otherwise, the theoretical models and ideas upon which the subject of Chemistry is built. The practical classes emphasise development of core practical skills through hands-on experience of key techniques and procedures, as well as skills in laboratory safety, maintaining a laboratory diary, observation, information retrieval, IT skills, scientific writing and reporting in a variety of formats.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Structure and Reactivity

30

None

 

Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills

30

   

 

Forensic Science Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Chemical Science principles

15

Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives

15

Forensic Science principles

15

Punishment: Beyond the popular imagination

15

Understanding Crime

15

   

Cybercrime

15

   

Forensic Analysis

15

   

Forensic Identification

15

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Medicinal Chemistry Year 2 (Level 5)

Students will take three chemistry modules (one 30-credit module two 15-credit remaining chemistry modules.

In Year 2 the knowledge and skills acquired in Year 1 are developed with an increasing emphasis on the need to integrate knowledge and critically evaluate experimental evidence in solving theoretical and practical problems. In practical classes, new practical skills are developed and an increasing emphasis is placed on critical evaluation of experimental design and the analysis of complex data from multiple sources, including computational theoretical calculations and the scientific peer-reviewed literature. Sophisticated analytical techniques are introduced and applied to the investigation of a variety of problems, whilst communication skills are developed to include skills in oral presentation. The first dedicated Medicinal Chemistry module links together the key chemical concepts and applies these to the process of drug design and the interaction of drugs with the body.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Molecular Chemistry and Reactions

30

None

 

Spectroscopy and Analysis

15

   

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry 1

15

   

Forensic Science Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis

15

None

 

Forensic Genetics

15

   

Forensic Document Analysis

15

   

Criminalistic Methods

15

   

Drugs of Abuse

15

   

Digital Forensics

15

   

Forensic Anthropology

15

   

Forensic Taphonomy

15

   

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Medicinal Chemistry Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3, increasingly sophisticated theories and ideas are introduced which require you to draw upon, integrate and extend the fundamental chemical principles introduced during Years 1 and 2. Choice of modules is available to allow you to pursue your specific interests, as well as choice within the Topics in Medicinal Chemistry module. Course work is designed to allow you to develop a range of subject specific skills, focussing on engaging with scientific literature and experimental data sets, and working towards the Graduate Attributes through presentation, interviews and various written reports. You will also carry out a 15-credit Dissertation or Project (selected from a wide variety of research projects on offer) which places increased emphasis on your ability to work independently and to design and critically evaluate practical investigations and the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules1

Credits

Biological and Medicinal Chemistry 2

15

Group 1:

Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Research Project

Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Dissertation

 

15

 

15

Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

15

Group 2:

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Kinetics, Photochemistry & Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms

 

15

15

1 Students must select one module from Optional Core Group 1 and one module from Optional Core Group 2, to a total of 60 credits in Medicinal Chemistry.

 

Forensic Science Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Forensic Toxicology

15

None

 

Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and

Arson

15

   

Forensic Geoscience

15

   

Advanced Topics in Forensic Science

15

   

Forensic Science Team Project

15

   

Interpretation, Evaluation and

Presentation of Evidence

30

   

Forensic Science Dissertation

15

   

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Medicinal Chemistry in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules1

Credits

Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Research Project

15

Kinetics, Photochemistry & Inorganic
reaction Mechanisms

15

Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry Dissertation

15

Forensic Toxicology

15

Advanced Organic Chemistry

15

   

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry 2

15

   

Advanced Chemical Analysis

15

   

Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

15

   

1 Students must select at least one of the option modules for a minimum of 105 credits in Chemistry.

 

If you choose to specialise in Forensic Science in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Forensic Science Team Research Project

15

Forensic Geoscience

15

Forensic Toxicology

15

Advanced Topics in Forensic Analysis

15

Evaluation of Evidence: Explosives and Arson

15

   

Forensic Science Dissertation

15

   

Interpretation, Evaluation & Presentation of Evidence

30

   

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az