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Loughborough University

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

UCAS Code: F128
Master of Chemistry (with Honours) - MChem (H) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemistry
Student score
92% HIGH
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£21k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

ABB to include Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics. If you are studying a Science A level and it includes a separate practical assessment, then you must also achieve a Pass in this assessment.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

AB including Chemistry, plus Highers at majority B grades

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDM to include optional modules 13, 14, 18 and 19.

International Baccalaureate

34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including HL Chemistry and preferably one other Science or Mathematics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The search for new drugs to combat serious ailments such as cancer, heart disease and and bacterial and viral infections remains an exciting challenge at the forefront of medical research. The pharmaceutical industry has a need for highly skilled graduates with a strong background in organic chemistry, coupled with a broad understanding of pharmacology and related biochemical areas. This course offers you the opportunity to study chemistry as a major subject along with subjects allied to the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Year 1 provides you with a sound basis of core principles. Year 2 includes principles of biological chemistry with an emphasis on topics relevant to the medical and pharmaceutical industry. The biological modules do not depend on having a background in biology. After Year 2 you can take advantage of the industrial placement scheme. In Years 3 and 4 further specialism is possible and you will undertake a research project (MChem course) on a topic in biological or organic chemistry.


Year 1: Areas studied include chemistry, laboratory skills, spectroscopy, energetics and equilibria, and structure and reactivity. Year 2: Areas studied include chemistry, laboratory skills, spectroscopy, energetics and equilibria structure and reactivity and biological chemistry. study. Year 3: Areas studied include advanced inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, structure determination, cell structure, drugs synthesis and discovery, pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, dissertation and investigative projects. Year 4: Areas studied include a wide range of optional modules plus a dissertation and an extended research project.

Loughborough University

Loughborough Campus

The Loughborough experience is an unrivalled mix of exciting campus life, sporting chances, diverse universal cultures, industrial links and world-class research. With two major cities nearby, a great uni / union relationship and the biggest higher education campus in Europe, you're in for some unforgettable times. Our 16,000 students enjoy more than 8,000 nights out at the union.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 98%
Student score 92% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
36% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
350 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £21k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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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