Medicinal Chemistry and Mathematics 

(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 Mathematics.

Combined Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: FGC1

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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 Mathematics element of the course, you will learn to use maths to develop precise and logical arguments, construct rigorous proofs, and formulate solutions to new problems. You will study in an intellectually stimulating environment amongst mathematicians producing world-leading research.

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. Mathematics helps you to take novel approaches to problem solving and make critical interpretations of data and text; your skills will be in demand wherever there’s a need for logical thinking. An extremely wide range of career paths is open to mathematicians, where high levels of mathematical ability are desirable. This can include fields of work as diverse as finance, data analytics, teaching, engineering, medical statistics and management consultancy.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Chemical Structure and Reactivity
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills
  • Algebra
  • Calculus

Second Year

  • Molecular Chemistry and Reactions
  • Spectroscopy and Analysis
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry I
  • Differential Equations
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Mathematical Modelling

Third Year

  • 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*
  • Professional Mathematics
  • Graphy Theory
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Number Theory

*Major Route Medicinal Chemistry Only