BSc (Hons)

Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry

Student working in lab
Top
20
In the UK for Chemistry
in The Guardian University Guide 2019
  • UCAS code(s): F150 / 350L
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Chemists have been instrumental in ridding the world of killer diseases and developing drugs that improve the lives and outcomes for millions of people worldwide. Pharmaceutical chemists are interested in how chemicals and drugs work in a biological environment, so if you’re passionate about both chemistry and biology, then this is a great course for you.

NTU Chemistry degrees are recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This accreditation is our assurance that our courses are relevant to, and valued by, industry. You will regularly be working in a professional laboratory, using the most advanced techniques, so that when you graduate you will already have many of the skills employers are looking for.

The course gives you real flexibility too. You can opt to spend one year working in industry, getting valuable work experience that can help you get a job when you graduate. You can also choose specialist modules, depending on your own personal passions.

* National Student Survey 2017

No.1 in the UK for Student Satisfaction in Chemistry (National Student Survey 2017)

What you'll study

Who will teach me?

We have a passionate team of experts, who are committed to providing you with all the skills and experience you need to build a successful career in industry or in research. We are proud to have won awards and recognition for our high levels of teaching and student satisfaction. As a student here, you will not only have the full support of your tutors, but you’ll also work with a highly skilled technical team who are on-hand to help you throughout your studies.

Take a look at our Academic Team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

What our students say

As soon as I came to the open day and looked around the Chemistry department on Clifton Campus, I knew I wanted to study here. I have a tutor who I saw every month in first year and most of the lecturers do not mind sparing time to go through any problems you have, even if it is not their specific area of chemistry.

My advice to students considering this course? Be prepared to put in the hard work. There are lots of lab reports to write so a mathematical background can be useful. I have enjoyed the course so much that none of the long hours or extra work has bothered me. It also meant I was able to spend longer at NTU with my course mates.

Lucy Hancock
BSc Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science

  • Year One

    In your first year, you will be introduced to the various strands of chemistry, and will start to think about the ways in which social and economic factors influence the way chemical sciences operate.

    Introduction to Organic Chemistry

    Learn about the bonding and structure in organic molecules and functional group chemistry, with an emphasis on reactivity and mechanism.

    Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

    Learn the fundamental concepts of theoretical and practical chemistry as well as aspects such as inorganic complexation
    reactions, indicator theory and acid-base systems.

    Introduction to Physical Chemistry

    Study physical chemistry including kinetic theory of gases, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, phase equilibria and distillation processes.

    Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

    Learn basic chemical principles including chromatography, applied optical spectroscopy, statistical tests, electroanalytical techniques and appropriate specialist methods.

    Professional Development

    Engage with real-life examples of how chemistry works, and understand the influence of social, economic or environmental factors on the way chemical sciences operate.

    Introduction to Specialist Areas of Chemistry

    Includes the chemistry of drugs, polymeric materials and environmental issues.

  • Year Two

    This year we will be exploring more advanced concepts and you’ll have the opportunity to take a short placement to get you thinking about the world of work. We’ll also start to explore the processes involved in drug discovery and development.

    Organic Chemistry

    Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity, as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.

    Inorganic Chemistry

    Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.

    Physical Chemistry

    Learn about the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.

    Analytical Chemistry

    Builds on Year One by focusing on interfering sample matrices, quantitative and qualitative identification of multicomponent samples and measurements under non-ideal conditions.

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry

    Introduces you to the processes involved in drug discovery and the steps taken by the medicinal chemist in order to take a lead compound and develop a drug for market.

    Professional Practice

    Get prepared for the world of work through a short placement. You’ll be able to apply and observe, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally relevant processes and attitudes.

  • Year Three

    Optional year-long work placement.

  • Final year

    We move on to advanced topics, including the applications of medicinal chemistry. You’ll carry out independent research for your final year project, and you’ll have greater input in deciding which modules you study, depending on your own interests and career aspirations.

    Core modules

    Project

    Develop plans and carry out a substantial independent research project of publishable quality. Understand the principles of analytical work and the limitations of experimental design.

    Advanced Chemistry

    Study advanced topics across the spectrum of chemistry including heterocyclic chemistry, reaction mechanisms at metal centres, and molecular self-assembly and polymer chemistry in solution.

    Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

    Integrates academic and industrial aspects of learning and applying medicinal chemistry. You’ll learn about drug action and synthesis as well as gaining an introduction to disease states.

    Advanced Organic Chemistry

    Builds on previous concepts presented in organic chemistry, and introduces you to concepts of total synthesis, asymmetric synthesis and advanced theories in pericyclic reactions.

    Optional modules – choose one of the following:

    Advanced Chemical Analysis

    Develop through advanced topics in the theory and practice of chemical analysis, including method development from first principles through to final presentation, method validation, and group work.

    Nano and Green Chemistry

    Develop an appreciation of cutting-edge progress in nanomaterials and green chemistry, their use in domestic and engineering applications, and the theory and practice of green chemistry.

    Communicating Science and Technology

    Opportunity to gain academic credit for working as a ‘student-tutor’ with teachers in local schools to help you develop some valuable transferable skills.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I be assessed?

Because there is a lot of practical work in this course, the majority of assessment will involve reviews of your coursework and practical experience. We will be assessing group projects and laboratory work, as well as the portfolio that you’ll develop throughout the course. You'll also give oral presentations and produce a final year dissertation. Some assessments will be in the form of written exams and in-class written tests.

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (73%) and written (27%)

Year 2 - coursework (67%) and written (33%)

Year 3 - coursework (60%) and written (40%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (35%) and independent study (65%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (33%) and independent study (67%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (34%) and independent study (66%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

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Careers and employability

Your career development

Your studies at NTU will prepare you well for employment in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and related industries. We have an excellent graduate employment record and our graduates have gone on to work in some of most prestigious organisations in the UK and internationally, including:

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Excellent placement opportunities

After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a year's work placement in industry. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice.

You will be assessed throughout the year and will be required to write a reflective report and diary, which also gets assessed at the end of your placement. You will be eligible for the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice upon the successful completion of your placement.

Recent Science and Technology placement salaries have ranged from £10,000 to £30,000, and many students impress their placement employers so much they are offered jobs upon graduation.

Recent Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry students have secured placements in companies including:

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC including Chemistry; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Chemistry modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Chemistry; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC including Chemistry; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Chemistry modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in Chemistry; and
  • GCSEs – English, Maths and Science grade C / 4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

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.

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.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

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.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply 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.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

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

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Science and Technology course enquiries
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