MRes

Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016 / January 2017
  • Course duration: 2 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This course covers a diverse range of materials, pharmaceutical and medicinal research and includes a substantial research led project.

Why study this course?

Develop your knowledge of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science by studying the complexities of organic synthesis, synthesis of biologically important molecules and NMR spectra. Other areas of study include synthetic strategies involved in drug synthesis, disease state and the role of chemotherapeutics and synthesis of drug-like molecules.

You can expand your interests further by selecting a pharmaceutical-led research project within one of our diverse range of internationally recognised research groups.

Gain hands on experience

As well as working and studying under the direction of world leading pharmaceutical and medicinal science staff you will gain hands on experience of a variety of modern instrumentation including multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR), mass spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC).

Academic staff

The Chemistry team is comprised of academic and support staff that are subject experts in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. Teaching and student satisfaction are very important to us and we have won awards and recognition for this aspect of our work.

Scientists from AstraZeneca and Vectura deliver some of the module content relevant to their work place. Other guest lecturers also present their research from a variety of other companies and universities.

What you'll study

How do you study?

Terms one – three: three taught modules plus a Research project

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • First year

    Organic Synthesis and Characterisation of Biologically Active Compounds - 20 Credit Points (CP)
    Develop knowledge in the synthesis of relatively complex organic molecules. Topics include: retrosynthetic analysis and total synthesis of biologically important molecules; the controlled formation of C-C bonds and functional group transformations; and structure elucidation of complex molecules.

    Chemotherapeutics - 20 CPThis module covers drug action and synthesis including the underlying methodology applied to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. Areas include: cancer therapies, antibacterial agents and synthetic methodology.

    Research Methods and Independent Study - 20 CP
    This module provides an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study. You will be introduced to the techniques required to formulate a research project and to carry out a literature review. You will be given practice in the use of the library and learning resources including relevant IT packages.

    Research Project - 120 CPYou will work on laboratory-based research and will evaluate and review the scientific literature relevant to the topic. Design and conduct experimental work, and present the findings in the form of a presentation, poster and a written thesis.

    Example of project titles

    • Drug delivery devices
    • MRI contrast agents
    • Peptide-mineral interactions
    • Biomineralisation
    • Carbohydrate Chemistry
    • Asymmetric Synthesis
    • Small Molecule Approaches to the Elucidation of Protein Function
    • Multiplexing
    • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
    • Fluorescence Microscopy

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will be assessed on a variety of components including:

  • written exam
  • oral presentation
  • assignment
  • poster presentation
  • thesis

Careers and employability

The pharmaceutical and chemical industry is a well-established market growing globally. There is a steady increase in international employment opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of job markets including:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • petrochemicals
  • polymers
  • food and drinks
  • liquid crystals
  • advance materials engineering
  • defence
  • teaching
  • finance and sales

Many graduates choose to undertake further study and this course provides a good basis for progressing onto a PhD.This course does not currently offer placements.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?
  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in chemistry related subject including forensic science, pharmacology and pharmacy
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?
  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in chemistry related subject including forensic science, pharmacology and pharmacy
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

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Keeping up to date

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Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

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Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

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Tuition fees

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Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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