Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc/MSci

Learn about pharmaceutical chemistry and get the skills required to work in the research and development of new drugs.


BSc: 3 years full-time, 4 years with sandwich year, 6 years part-time




$11,300 (CA) $16,400 (INT)

Course Summary

Combining chemistry with biochemistry, this course will give you a grounding in pharmaceutical chemistry and the skills needed to work in the field. During the course you’ll cover all aspects of pharmaceutical drug development, such as target identification, synthesis, clinical testing and trials, alongside building your knowledge of the main branches of chemistry. During the course you’ll be taught by an academic team with links to the industry. Divided into four broad themes, you’ll cover all aspects of chemistry including core chemistry knowledge, practical skills, pharmaceutical knowledge, and numeracy and computational skills. You’ll build your analytical and research skills so you can collect and interpret experimental data. You’ll develop your chemistry skills in a high tech laboratory, home of world-class science research across a range of disciplines. You’ll have access to a bioscience suite with a scanning electron microscope, microbiological and molecular equipment, as well as a host of other analytical technologies. As part of the course you’ll also take part in a work placement, gaining valuable industry experience in an organisation or laboratory. You’ll receive support from your Personal Tutor to your Graduate Academic Assistant, each one has studied your subject and will provide the support you need based on their own experience. If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, we can help with that too. A BSc in pharmaceutical chemistry prepares you for a range of opportunities in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies.

Course Content

Our Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme is divided into four learning themes that are developed through the course of your study: Core chemistry knowledge. Chemistry subjects are taught throughout the course of the programme with special emphasis given to organic and analytical chemistry. Year 1 begins with foundations of chemistry and analytical chemistry followed by applied physical and inorganic chemistry in year 2 as well as advanced organic chemistry which is further developed in years 3 and 4 (MSci only).Practical skills. Laboratory work is an integral component in the career of a pharmaceutical chemist and therefore an integral component of your study. Year 1 begins with foundations of practical chemistry, followed by advanced practical chemistry in year 2, specialised organic synthesis techniques and a dissertation project in year 3 and MSci project in year 4.Pharmaceutical knowledge. Broad understanding of biological functions in diseases and how drugs work will be developed from year 1 with biochemistry, followed by pharmaceutical chemistry in year 2, pharmacology and toxicology in year 3 as well as a dedicated module on drug discovery. Numeracy and computational skills. Numeracy is an essential skill in chemistry developed from year 1 through the professional development module followed by research methods and statistics in year 2. These modules also provide you with generic computational skills such as processing data, using spreadsheets, word-processing and internet communication. Specialised computational skills related to chemistry and drug discovery are developed in year 3 through the computational chemistry module and in year 4 through cheminformatics (MSci only). Upon completion of this course you will have gained the following experience and abilities: Analytical instrumentation application. Synthetic organic chemistry skills. Compound purification and characterisation proficiency. Computational skills with drug discovery tools. Research methods and statistics. Collection and interpretation of experimental data. Enhanced teamwork and interpersonal capacities. Communication skills including advanced literacy and presentation skills. Problem solving capability. Independent thinking, creativity and innovation

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