Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Chemistry

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich F129 ABB 1 October 2018
MChem (Hons) 4 years full-time F128 ABB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich F127 ABB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F151 ABB 1 October 2018

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in UK for satisfaction with teaching in Chemistry

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry course overview

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

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 along with subjects allied to the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

Year 1 provides you with a sound basis of core principles.

Year 2 includes principles of biological chemistry with an emphasis on topics relevant to the medical and pharmaceutical industry. The biological modules do not depend on having a background in biology.

After Year 2 you can take advantage of the industrial placement scheme.

In Years 3 and 4 further specialism is possible and you will undertake a research project (MChem course) on a topic in biological or organic chemistry.

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 PhD research. The 3 year (or 4 year sandwich) BSc equips you for employment in chemistry, scientific and many 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.

Facilities

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and part of a wider £25 million investment in our campus which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub.

STEMLab will include a suite of laboratories for practical work in Bioengineering, allowing students crucial opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern environment.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, 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, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1

  • Fundamental Chemistry
  • Laboratory Skills 1
  • Spectroscopy and Analysis 1
  • Energetics and Equilibria 1
  • Structure and Reactivity 1

Year 2

  • Spectroscopy and Analysis 2
  • Energetics and Equilibria 2
  • Structure and Reactivity 2
  • Laboratory Skills 2 (MPC)
  • Principles of Biological

Optional placement/study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.


Year 3/4

Core modules

  • Modern Aspects of Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
  • Dissertation and Investigative Projects

Optional modules

  • Biological Organic Chemistry 
  • Synthesis in Drug Discovery
  • Drugs: Modes of Action and Screening 
  • Drugs: Synthesis and Properties

Year 4/5 (MChem)

Core module

Dissertation and Extended Research Project

Optional modules

Biological Organic Chemistry 
Synthesis in Drug Discovery
Physical Chemistry
New Techniques and Technologies in Chemistry
Drugs: Modes of Action and Screening 
Drugs: Synthesis and Properties
Analytical Science Research Methodologies
Advanced Analytical Chemistry Option

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


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.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

F129 Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - MChem (Hons) DIS / DPS / DIntS

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM to include optional modules 13, 14, 18 and 19
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

F128 Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - MChem (Hons)

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM to include optional modules 13, 14, 18 and 19
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

F127 Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM to include optional modules 13, 14, 18 and 19
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

F151 Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including HL Chemistry and preferably one other science or Mathematics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM to include optional modules 13, 14, 18 and 19
GCSE
GCSE Mathematics Grade C/4

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

If you are studying a Science A level and it includes a separate practical assessment, then you must also achieve a Pass in this assessment.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

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, or worked in Drug Marketing and Sales.

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

Industrial placements

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, or Professional Studies (DIS/DPS) 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 in Spain, Italy, Germany, or Poland. Successful completion of the training qualifies you for the additional award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) on graduation.

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Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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James

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Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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Shivali

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Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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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) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F127

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F151