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Middlesex University

Pharmaceutical Chemistry

UCAS Code: F111

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Including 32 points or above in Chemistry.

Access to HE Diploma


Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3 (45 merit or higher) in Science or Natural and Physical Sciences

GCSE/National 4/National 5

plus GCSE C English, Maths and Science

In a Science based subject.

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About this course

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Full-time | 2020


Pharmaceutical chemistry

To meet the continuous need for new drug development to combat chronic, emerging and rare diseases, the pharmaceutical industry needs highly skilled graduates with strong backgrounds in chemistry coupled with biochemistry. This course will provide you with an excellent grounding in pharmaceutical chemistry and the skills required to work in the research and development of new drugs.

Why study BSc/MSci Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Middlesex University?
This programme is designed to provide you with a firm knowledge of all aspects of pharmaceutical drug development, including target identification, lead optimisation, synthesis, pre-clinical / clinical testing and clinical trials along with an excellent grounding in the main branches of chemistry. This course is primarily aimed at individuals interested in a career in research and development of new medicines, who also possess curiosity, good imagination and persistence.

You will gain a high quality education with a wide-ranging view of all aspects of chemistry and you'll be prepared for a career in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries. Work placements, available as part of a sandwich year, are an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in a relevant industry or organisation, a laboratory or the public sector.

This course has been designed in accordance with Royal Society of Chemistry standards and the academic team has links with the pharmaceutical industry, that include GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Novartis, generics industry and chemical industry such as Johnson Matthey

Course highlights

Multi-disciplinary programme covering the main branches of chemistry, along with biochemistry, cheminformatics and specialised topics in pharmaceutical chemistry
Work placements with local pharmaceutical companies, or research laboratories in other Universities within the UK and abroad as part of the Erasmus scheme
Links with the pharmaceutical industry
Receive a free electronic textbook for every module


Year 1:
Foundations of Practical Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory
Fundamentals of Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory
Analytical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory
Metabolic Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory
Professional Development for Pharmaceutical Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory
Year 2:
Advanced Organic Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory
Pharmaceutical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory
Practical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory
Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory
Applied Inorganic Chemistry (15 credits) - Compulsory
Applied Physical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

Work Placement (120 credits) - Optional

Year 3:
Computational Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory
Advanced Organic Chemistry II (15 credits) – Compulsory
Drug Development (30 credits) – Compulsory
Organic Synthesis (15 credits) – Compulsory
Dissertation (30 credits) – Compulsory
Natural Product Chemistry (15 credits) – Optional
Pharmacology and Toxicology (15 credits) – Optional
Structural Methods in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (15 credits) - Optional

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Course location:

Hendon Campus


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Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

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