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BSc (Hons)Medicinal Chemistry

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This programme is a good platform for you if you want to pursue a career either within or outside Chemistry or Pharmacology, or if you wish to take further postgraduate training after your degree. For example, you may wish to become a teacher and continue with education or take a specialised Masters programme (the Department currently offers the Advanced Chemical Sciences MSc programme) before going on to a research career. You will get a solid grounding in all aspects of Chemistry combined with an introduction to Pharmacology.

All our programmes have a common Chemistry core which provides a good measure of flexibility and choice for you during the first two years. This programme shares this common Chemistry core but you devote around 25% of your time to studying Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences.

The first two years of this programme are identical to the MChem Chemistry with Pharmacology (F1BF) programme, and are also very similar to the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme except that there are no optional modules. Instead students take designated modules in Biomedical and Biological Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry. If you decide during the first 18 months that you want to aim for a research career in Chemistry, then you can transfer to the MChem Chemistry with Pharmacology (F1BF) or MChem Chemistry (F102) programmes provided you have obtained an average mark at the 2:1 level or above (60%).

The first two years progress rapidly, with a mix of theory and practical modules to give you a solid grounding in the subject.

Since students enter the Department with a wide range of experience in Mathematics (which is essential for studying chemistry to a high level) we provide a flexible three-tiered Maths for Chemistry course allowing you to develop your skills at your own pace. In Year Three, you only take Organic and practical sections of the BSc Chemistry (F100) programme and take designated Pharmacology modules that aim to help you apply your knowledge of Chemistry and Pharmacology to pharmaceutical problems, with particular reference to drug design and development.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Within Chemistry, you will take modules that cover the fundamentals of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, plus necessary key skills, totalling 90 credits. Four Chemistry modules combine theoretical and practical aspects and one Chemistry module develops Quantitative and General Key Skills. You will spend three to six hours per week in the Chemistry laboratory and so will receive a comprehensive training in practical aspects of the subject. Instead of optional modules you will be required to take 30 credits of compulsory modules from Biomedical/Biological Sciences covering Anatomy, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Physiology.

Programme Year Two

You will learn more advanced topics within all the main branches of chemistry and continue to develop your quantitative and general key skills, taking the same core chemistry modules as the BSc Chemistry (F100) students. Practical Chemistry skills will be developed through stand-alone modules and you will have the opportunity to spend between six and nine hours per week in the chemical laboratories. You will also take 22.5 credits of Pharmacology modules that will involve both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.

Programme Year Three

You will study selected components from the BSc Chemistry (F100) programme plus 30 credits of modules from Pharmacology.

Career opportunities

As a Chemistry graduate, in addition to your scientific knowledge you will have a wide range of skills to offer including numeracy, problem solving and IT.

Visits to the Department by leading companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever ensure that you make contact with prospective employers at key stages in your final year. Graduates from Liverpool find employment in many areas, from the pharmaceutical industry to business management. Typical careers of our graduates include assistant analyst, development chemist, research assistant, and site chemist. Chemistry graduates succeed in a wide variety of careers. The skills and knowledge you develop during your degree ensure that you are highly attractive to employers from the chemical industries to financial services and management.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States