Postgraduate study2016

MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time, 2-5 years part-time

This programme is designed for graduates in chemistry or closely related discipline who wish to contribute to drug development in the pharmaceutical industry.

MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time, 2-5 years part-time

This programme is designed for graduates in chemistry or closely related discipline who wish to contribute to drug development in the pharmaceutical industry.

Programme information

The programme provides training in pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, drug synthesis, methods to identify potential drug targets and drug candidates, and methods to assess the biological activities of drug compounds.

Additional modules cover the key techniques in analytical chemistry used to support the pharmaceutical sciences.

Study areas include research methods, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, drug targets, drug design and drug synthesis, spectroscopy and structural analysis, separation techniques, mass spectrometry and associated techniques, innovations in analytical science and medicinal chemistry.

Practical sessions give students experience in drug synthesis, binding assays and pharmacokinetics.

Students also have exciting opportunities to carry out projects on placement in industry, including at 3M, Astra Zeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb and others.

Assessment

The course is assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework.

Scholarships and sponsorship

A number of bursaries and scholarships are available to UK and EU students towards tuition fees.

Departmental bursaries, in the form of fee reduction, are available to self-funded international students.

The programmes also benefit from industrial sponsorship which provides support in the form of equipment, materials, presenters and project placements.

Entry qualification

A minimum of a lower second class (2:2) honours degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related subject.

Careers and further study

Careers in a variety of industries, particularly the pharmaceutical and related industries, including drug metabolism, medicinal chemistry (organic synthesis), drug screening (action / toxicity), patents and product registration. A number of students have also progressed to the PhD study.

 

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Research Methods
  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
  • Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis

Semester 2

  • Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis
  • Professional Skills and Dissertation
  • Research Training Project

Selected Optional Modules

Semester 1

  • Separation Techniques
  • Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques

Semester 2

  • Innovations in Analytical Science
  • Innovations in Medicinal Chemistry

Apply now

The best way to apply for admission to a taught or research programme is online. This helps us to process your application quickly.

Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references.

You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application – they can be submitted online.

A decision about your application cannot be made until we receive your supporting documents.

For more information on the application process, take a look at our how to apply section.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 3 (Laboratory-based) £6,600 £18,950

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.