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MChemMedicinal Chemistry with Pharmacology

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Those who wish to become professional scientists and pursue a high-level research career in either Medicinal or Pharmaceutical Chemistry after graduation should consider this MChem programme. This four-year course aims to provide you with a broad and detailed coverage of every aspect of Advanced Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology. On completion you will be ready to embark on a PhD in either Chemistry or Pharmacology or on a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

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 first year of the BSc Medicinal Chemistry (F1B2) programme, and are also very similar to the MChem Chemistry (F102), BSc Chemistry (F100) and BSc Chemistry with a Year in Industry (F111) programmes except that there are no optional modules. Instead students take designated modules in Biomedical and Biological Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry. These 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 continue with the Inorganic and Organic sections of the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme but instead of Physical Chemistry, you take designated Pharmacology modules. You will start to apply your knowledge of Chemistry and Pharmacology to pharmaceutical problems, with particular reference to drug design and development.

Your final year brings you to the frontiers of Chemistry and Pharmacology and the basic concepts of both subjects are fully integrated. You will take core Organic Chemistry modules as well as core Pharmacology modules such as Drug Metabolism and Drug Response, and Cancer Pharmacology.

Chemical research is particularly important in Year Four and involves you conducting a significant project with a strong medicinal Chemistry theme as a member of one of the research groups in the Department.

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 between three and 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 Key Skills. 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/Medicinal Chemistry modules that will involve both theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.

Programme Year Three

In Year Three, you further develop your skills in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry as well as taking 30 credits of Pharmacology modules.

Programme Year Four

The final year of this programme is more focussed on the Chemistry of pharmaceutical synthesis and related Pharmacology than the standard Chemistry MChem Chemistry (F102) programme.

You will take 30 credits of pharmacology modules, the core Organic Chemistry modules and a choice of 15 credits of Chemistry optional modules from level M.

The Chemical Research Project is dominant, accounting for 60 of the 120 credits. Students choose a research project with groups in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry (including medicinal applications of nanotechnology), or in 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