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This course 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 content

Year 1

Core Chemistry with Mathematics and Biology courses. Lab work plays a key role in developing practical skills..

Year 2

Core Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry courses, along with Cell Biology and Biochemistry.

Year 3

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, with courses in Medicinal Pharmaceutical Chemistry as well as Principles of Drug Discovery and Development.

Year 4

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.

Year 5

Includes an extensive 24-week pharmaceutical/medicinal chemistry research project, in addition to specialist courses in Chemistry.

This specialism is part of MChem Chemistry

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