Medicinal Chemistry and Neuroscience 

(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 Neuroscience.

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

UCAS code: BFC1

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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.

For the Neuroscience element of course, you will explore the mystery of the human brain: the central nervous system, the impact of drugs upon it, and the molecular biology of diseases and disorders of the brain. Study Neuroscience at Keele and you’ll learn how the brain works – and why it sometimes doesn’t. You’ll discover how we learn and remember, how our brains control our body, and how the brain regenerates and repairs itself. You could study interesting disciplines such as neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology and neuropathology. Working in diverse ways, including in our superb labs, you’ll develop your independent research skills as you learn to acquire, interpret and analyse data from multiple sources. You’ll also understand how neuroscience can help us understand medical problems and improve the quality of life.

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.

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. Your degree will open up exciting careers in sectors as varied as healthcare, scientific research, pharmacology, IT, publishing and more. You might choose to work as a research scientist in academia or the drug industry, or work as a clinical neuroscientist in the hospital sector. With or without further study, you might go on to become a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, doctor, pharmacologist or systems analyst.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Chemical Structure and Reactivity
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills

Second Year

  • Molecular Chemistry Reactions
  • Spectroscopy and Analysis
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry I

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*

*Major Route Medicinal Chemistry Only