Dr Arno Kraft
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This programme is attractive to students who want to understand how both Chemistry and Biology can improve the health and wellbeing of people, animals and plants on a worldwide scale. Pharmaceutical or Medicinal Chemistry is the understanding of the molecular cause and treatment of diseases. The pharmaceutical industry is a major component of the chemical industry. Graduates will be Chemists who have specialised in Medicinal Pharmaceutical Chemistry and are familiar with Fundamental Biochemistry. Transfer to Chemistry with Biochemistry is available up to the beginning of Year 3.
The MChem degree involves an extensive 24-week Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry research project, in addition to specialist courses in Chemistry.
Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).
Course contentDetailed course guide
Core Chemistry with Mathematics and Biology courses. Lab work plays a key role in developing practical skills..
Core Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry courses, along with Cell Biology and Biochemistry.
Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, with courses in Medicinal Pharmaceutical Chemistry as well as Principles of Drug Discovery and Development.
Along with advanced lectures in Inorganic, Organic, Physical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, special chemistry topics are taken. BSc (Hons) students undertake a 16-week chemistry research project. MChem students undertake special practical courses to give deeper understanding of modern analytical practical techniques; these are underpinned with theoretical aspects.
Includes an extensive 24-week pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry research project, in addition to specialist courses in Chemistry.
Work and study
This is what our MChem Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Chemistry students are doing six months after graduating:
- 38% are working
- 43% are studying
- 5% are working and studying.
- 70% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £21000
- The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £20000
These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:
- Natural and social science professionals
- Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
- Elementary occupations
- Engineering professionals
- Teaching and educational professionals
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Administrative occupations
- Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
- Sales occupations
- Highers AABB or BBBBC including Chemistry
- A-Levels BBB including Chemistry
- Scottish Baccalaureate BC in Adv. Higher with Chemistry B, Disciplinary Project C and Higher B
- Int. Baccalaureate 30 points to include Higher Level Chemistry at minimum Grade 5
- HNC A in graded unit. Additional HNC profile requirement. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
- Additional information Transfer from BSc to MChem is possible up to the end of Year 3 with a Chemistry average greater than 60%.
- Advanced Highers AB in Chemistry and Mathematics, plus AABB at Higher.
- A-Levels ABB including Chemistry and Mathematics
- Scottish Baccalaureate AB in Adv. Higher with Chemistry and Maths, Disciplinary Project B and Higher B
- Int. Baccalaureate 35 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry (both at minimum grade 6).
- HND BB in graded units. Graded tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
- HND AA in graded units. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
- BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details.
Fees and funding
|Status*||Scotland / EU**||England / Northern Ireland / Wales||International|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£17,440|
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018
In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.
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