Undergraduate study2017

MChem (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Year of entry: 2017

The search for new drugs to combat serious ailments such as cancer, heart disease and AIDS remains an exciting challenge at the forefront of medical research.

  • Professional Recognition
  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

MChem (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Year of entry: 2017

The search for new drugs to combat serious ailments such as cancer, heart disease and AIDS remains an exciting challenge at the forefront of medical research.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC)
  • 1st in UK for overall satisfaction (NSS2015) 
  • 88% of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles (2014 graduates)
  • 98% for overall satisfaction (NSS 2015) 

The pharmaceutical industry has a need for highly skilled graduates with a strong background in organic chemistry, coupled with a broad understanding of pharmacology and related biochemical areas.

This course offers you the opportunity to study chemistry as a major subject in courses which also contain subjects allied to the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Year 1 provides you with a sound basis of the core areas.

In Year 2 increasing emphasis is put on subjects allied to the medical and pharmaceutical industry. The biological modules do not depend on a background of biology.

After Year 2 you can take advantage of the industrial placement scheme. In Years 3 and 4 specialism is further evident and you will undertake a research project on a topic in biological organic chemistry.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich F129
MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time F128
BSc (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich F127
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F151
MChem (Hons) and BSc (Hons)

Our courses are orientated towards the practice of chemistry in the world outside the University. Master of Chemistry (MChem) undergraduate courses (4 year or 5 year sandwich) prepare students for research work in industry or a PhD research course. Our 3 year (or 4 year sandwich) BSc equips you for employment in chemistry, scientific and other sectors.

Professional recognition and becoming a Chartered Chemist

Graduates from the MChem courses will be eligible for admission to Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC), and in addition will hold a degree accredited for the award of Chartered Chemist (CChem).

This enables MChem graduates to register with the RSC for a two year Professional Development Programme leading to the award of CChem after just three years postgraduate experience. Graduates from our BSc Honours courses are eligible for admission to AMRSC.

Assessment

You are assessed by examination and coursework. MChem students must obtain an average of 50% or above in Years 2 and 3 to progress to the next year of the course.

Your BSc degree classification will be determined by the weighted average of marks obtained in Years 2 and 3 in the ratio 40:60.

Your MChem degree classification will be determined by the weighted average of your marks obtained in years 2, 3 and 4 in the ratio 20:40:40.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gone on to become: Medicinal Chemists (Novel Drug Synthesis), Product and Process Development Chemists, Bioanalysts (analytical aspects of drug metabolism, kinetics, validation of medicinal products), Forensic Scientists, Formulation Scientists, Clinical Research Associates (liaison and practical aspects of clinical trials), Product Registration Officers, Pharmacologists and Microbiologists, Drug Marketing and Sales.

Many graduates continue their education and training to become: International Law Patent Officers, Accountants, Researchers and Teachers (in universities and schools).

STEMLab - new £17m facilities opening 2017

STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. 

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, bringing highly-serviced laboratories for the teaching of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry, as well as a new flexible space for formal and informal group working.

These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world. 

Find out more about our new facility

Course structure

Year 1
  • Structure and Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and the Structure of the Universe
  • Stoichiometry and Analytical Measurements
  • Mathematics for Chemistry
  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Concepts in Main Group Chemistry
  • Molecular Basis of Life
  • Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
Year 2
  • Synthesis of Organic Molecules
  • Structure of Organic Molecules
  • Cell Structure and Biochemistry
  • Drugs: The Physiological and Biochemical Basis of Their Effects
  • d-Block Chemistry
  • Radiochemistry
  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Modern Aspects of Organic Chemistry
  • Solutions, Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Analytical Separation Methods
  • p-Block Ligands, Cages and Clusters
Optional placement / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Year 3/4
  • Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Modern Aspects of Organic Chemistry
  • Dissertation and Investigative Projects
  • Drugs: Synthesis, Modes of Action and Screening
  • Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
  • Biological Organic Chemistry or Synthesis in Drug Discovery
Year 4/5
  • Further Aspects of Advanced Analytical, Inorganic, and Physical Chemistry
  • Plus Dissertation and Extended Research Project

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: F129 MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile in a relevant subject
Additional
GCSE Mathematics Grade C

UCAS code: F128 MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile in a relevant subject
Additional
GCSE Mathematics Grade C

UCAS code: F127 BSc (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile in a relevant subject
Additional
GCSE Mathematics Grade C

UCAS code: F151 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? Yes
SQA AH
AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile in a relevant subject
Additional
GCSE Mathematics Grade C

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Industrial placement year

During this year the time spent in industry, applying knowledge to real problems, learning through practical experience and gaining an insight into the role of the chemist, is exceptionally valuable and is a considerable advantage in the search for subsequent employment.

Successful completion of the training qualifies you for the additional award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) on graduation.

Study abroad

You can take part in the Erasmus European Exchange Programme, enabling you to spend a year at one of our collaborating European Universities such as Spain, Italy, Germany, or Poland. Successful completion qualifies you for the additional award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) on graduation.

Department / School Key Information Sets

MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F129

MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: F128

BSc (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F127

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F151

Our students

Anand Ondhia

“The Chemistry building has state of the art facilities with four large laboratories and the latest analytical equipment, enabling me to maximise my practical skills.”

Marilyn Williams

“Loughborough is an exciting place to study and there is a strong community feel here with loads of opportunities to obtain skills for future endeavours.”

Reece Johnson

“Teaching quality is fantastic and we get a relatively large number of contact hours whether that’s in lectures, laboratories, tutorials or workshops.”

Anand Ondhia

“The Chemistry building has state of the art facilities with four large laboratories and the latest analytical equipment, enabling me to maximise my practical skills.”

Marilyn Williams

“Loughborough is an exciting place to study and there is a strong community feel here with loads of opportunities to obtain skills for future endeavours.”

Reece Johnson

“Teaching quality is fantastic and we get a relatively large number of contact hours whether that’s in lectures, laboratories, tutorials or workshops.”