Medicinal Chemistry and Physics 

(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 Physics.

Combined Honours
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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: FFC3

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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 Physics element of the course, you'll use mathematics to describe the physical world, and learn to plan and conduct investigations before reporting your results. Your course will be informed by the research interests of your teaching staff: primarily astrophysics and condensed matter physics. Regular laboratory sessions will enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and acquire specialist techniques, but you’ll also develop invaluable transferable skills such as communication, IT and interpersonal skills. We operate an open-door policy which enables you to have excellent and flexible access to staff to seek advice or feedback on your work.

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. A Physics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers, which need not be directly related to physics. You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public services. You might work as a research scientist, medical physicist, software engineer, geophysicist or radiation practitioner, or you might branch out and become a science writer, chartered accountant, patent lawyer, IT consultant or air traffic controller. Many graduates go on to study at master’s or doctorate level.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity
  • Nature of Matter
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Chemical Structure and Reactivity
  • Practical and Professional Chemistry Skills

Second Year

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics
  • Molecular Chemistry and Reactions
  • Spectroscopy and Analysis
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry I

Third Year

  • Electromagnetism
  • Physics Project
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Particle Physics and Accelerators
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Plasma Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Physics of Compact Objects
  • Physics Dissertation
  • Life in the Universe
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Polymer Physics
  • Physics of the Interstellar Medium
  • 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