MSc Medicinal & Biological Chemistry

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    MSc: 1 year full-time

Course Description

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry requires a thorough understanding of molecules, their structures, properties and synthesis.

However, it also demands the chemical understanding of the nature of biological structures, from macromolecules to cells, the design of pharmaceutical materials in the laboratory and their function in clinical settings.

The knowledge and skills acquired in the programme will leave graduates well equipped to compete for positions related to ‘drug discovery’ in chemical, pharmaceutical or biotechnological companies.

The lecture courses include topics in:

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Chemical Medicine
  • Biophysical Chemistry

These are studied concurrently with a predominantly practical based course offering an introduction to research methods.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in chemistry, or a closely related discipline, with a strong chemistry component.

We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant work experience and supportive references.


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Student Destinations

As a graduate, you will be well suited to take up roles in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, either in research and development or sales and marketing. You will gain valuable work experience in a real-life research environment.

Our courses also teach you the valuable skills you need to move into other areas outside chemistry. Careers in IT, management or finance are possibilities after completing your degree.

Alternatively, a masters degree is a precursor to a PhD degree.

Module Details

You must take these courses
Biomacromolecules PGT
MSc Research Methods
MSc Dissertation in Chemistry (60 credits)
Biophysical Chemistry PGT
Chemical Medicine PGT

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