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Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

including Chemistry at grade A. A Pass in the practical element is required for this qualification.

Please contact the School for further information.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M1,M1-D3,M1,M2

including Chemistry at grade D3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36-34

including 6 in Chemistry at Higher Level .

Please contact the School for further information.

Please contact the School for further information.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

From: AA + AAABB from Highers To: AA + AABBB from Highers

Can be accepted when combined with appropriate Scottish Advanced Higher subjects.

Can be accepted when combined with appropriate A Level subjects - please contact School for further information.

UCAS Tariff

112-144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Medicinal chemistry

Biochemistry

This integrated undergraduate masters course explores the interplay between chemistry and biology to develop a specialist understanding of the two subjects.

In your fourth year you will undertake a major research project in on a topic that interests you. This will help you further develop your practical ability, team working and problem-solving skills, in addition to academic literature and presentation skills.

Studying in our modern facilities will give you valuable practical experience, preparing you for a wide range of careers. Our students go on to work in a variety of industries, including chemistry, physics and pharmaceuticals.? Employers of our previous graduates include leading organisations such as Boots, Cancer Research UK, the NHS and GlaxoSmithKline.

We have been rated Gold for teaching excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017). We offer small group tutorials to support your learning. You'll be taught by?academic staff?who will feed your curiosity for?chemistry. You may recognise some of our staff from the popular?Periodic Videos YouTube channel.

- Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry

- 11th for chemistry in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021)

- Tailor your degree with optional modules

- Flexibility to transfer between most chemistry degrees

Modules

In the first year you will follow introductory courses in chemistry, physiology and pharmacology, including practical training. In the second year you will cover topics in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry in more depth, as well as complementary courses in spectroscopy, biological chemistry and pharmacology, which includes a case study on the development of a recent drug. In year three you will follow advanced courses in organic, inorganic, biological and medicinal chemistry. In year four you will undertake a research project in Nottingham that will develop your practical ability, team working and problem-solving skills.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£25,000
per year
International
£25,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

School of Chemistry

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

91%
med
Medicinal chemistry
80%
low
Biochemistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
76%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
10%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

Molecular biology, biophysics and biochemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
73%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians

Around 2,500 graduates got degrees in this demanding but valuable subject last year. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications - over a third of graduates in the subject took this option - but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot to choose from. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, as well as in education, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are particularly likely to get jobs in London and the South East.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Chemistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Biosciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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