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University of Bradford

Chemistry (Medicinal Chemistry)

UCAS Code: F157

Master of Chemistry - MChem

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS tariff points to include A-level Chemistry minimum grade B. Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

As UCAS Tariff. Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at minimum Distinction.

112 UCAS tariff points to include Higher Level Chemistry at grade 6 and two other Higher Level subjects at grade 5. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B. (Language A: Literature, Literature and Performance and Language ab initio are not accepted).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

As UCAS tariff. Science subject required - must include a minimum of three Chemistry-related units.

As UCAS Tariff. To include Scottish Advanced Higher Chemistry at minimum grade B.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 UCAS tariff points to include A-level Chemistry minimum grade B. Plus GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Medicinal chemistry

The search for new medicines has always been an important role for graduate chemists. Traditionally, medicines have been based on relatively small molecules, and the job of the chemist was to use their knowledge of organic chemistry to synthesise potential drug candidates.

With recent advances in technology, the pharmaceutical industry is changing dramatically. This degree course has evolved to reflect this. Areas such as cell therapy, biological drugs, advanced delivery, the use of computational tools are all pushing the industry forward.

A medicinal chemist cannot afford to just have expertise in the synthesis of molecules – many of the most important recent discoveries have been made at the interfaces of chemistry, and a good medicinal chemistry will require expertise across a range of subjects. In recognition of this, our course will equip you with the traditional tools of organic synthesis, for example, but will also give you hands-on experience of areas such as computational chemistry to solve medicinal chemistry problems.

The University of Bradford is home to the Institute for Cancer Therapeutics - one of only a few centres nationally that has all the necessary research tools and expertise in-house to progress anticancer medicines and biomarkers from concept to the clinic. As such you will be taught by scientists who are actively involved in discovering new drugs. One recent example is the ‘smart bomb’ colchicine prodrug which targets solid tumours without harming healthy tissue. This is now moving towards Phase I clinical trials.

During the first two years of study you will develop a sound understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, with core content delivered across the traditional areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

To give you an intellectually fulfilling experience our chemistry courses allow you to take 20 credits of elective modules in stages 1 and 2, with subjects offered from across the University’s teaching portfolio such as mathematics, engineering, economics and more.

The third year we will introduce you to specialist content in medicinal, materials and analytical chemistry. You will also have the opportunity to study a specific subject to a greater depth during an extended dissertation.

It is possible to exit after stage 3 with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry.

In the Master's year you will develop a deeper understanding of the application of chemistry to solving real-world problems. Master's-level training focuses on deploying training in real-world settings. Academic research experience involves students working on their own project as part of a research team alongside postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers at the University.

**Professional accreditation**
Students can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

**Rankings**
Ranked 18th in the UK for Chemistry in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

Modules

Year 1: Inorganic Chemistry 1 (core), Organic Chemistry 1 (core), Physical Chemistry 1 (core), Practical Chemistry 1 (core), Elective (option) Year 2: Inorganic Chemistry 2 (core), Organic Chemistry 2 (core), Physical Chemistry 2 (core), Practical Chemistry 2 (core), Elective (option) Year 3: Bio-organic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry (core), Introduction to Polymer and Colloid Science (core), Molecular Analysis (core), Organic Chemistry 3 (core), Practical Chemistry 3 (core), Stage 3 Research Project (core) Year 4: You must choose 2 of the 3 Advanced Topics in Chemistry modules: Computational Drug Design (core), Drug Discovery and Development (core), Stage 4 Research Project (core), Synthetic Chemistry for Medicinal Chemists (core)

Assessment methods

Students will demonstrate their achievement via written closed-book examinations using constructed (essays, short answers) and selected response (MCQ) questions and a variety of coursework assignments, including laboratory reports, oral presentations and dissertations. The development of learning outcomes will be through involvement in laboratory, small-group workshops, case-based work and projects (individual and small group). They will be assessed by critical appraisal, case analysis and critique, case presentations, laboratory reports and dissertations.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,420
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bradford

Department:

School of Chemistry and Biosciences

TEF rating:

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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.

76%
low
Medicinal chemistry

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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

83%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
54%
Male students
46%
Female students
41%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

After graduation


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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.

£18,732
low
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Science, engineering and production technicians
24%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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