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
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: FF4C

View entry requirements

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