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The University of Manchester

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry

UCAS Code: F150
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Chemistry
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£21k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Grades AAB including chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject. There is a requirement to pass the practical assessment in the newly reformed science A Levels.

Scottish Highers
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Scottish Advanced Highers

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers AAB in chemistry plus in at least one other science from physics, biology or mathematics. Alternatively, two Advanced Highers at grades AA, and two Highers at grades BB. This must include chemistry and another science from physics, biology or mathematics at Advanced Higher.  English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3). If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Admissions Office.

BTEC Diploma

Please refer to subject criteria for the Extended Diploma in Applied Science above. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD or DM plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level or equivalent at grade B (with DD in the National Diploma) or grade A (with DM in the National Diploma) preferably in chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades MM plus additional level 3 qualifications such as two A Levels or equivalent at grades AB in any order to include at least one from chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The School of Chemistry only accepts the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Qualifications in Applied Science. Please note that acceptability is dependent upon completing specific modules. Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma The Biomedical Sciences pathway is not suitable for entry. The Analytical and Forensic Science pathway is suitable, but the following specific modules must be completed: Group A Optional Units must include: - Applications of Inorganic Chemistry - Applications of Organic Chemistry Group B Optional Units must include: - Industrial Chemical Reactions We highly recommend students take the module in Practical Chemical Analysis in Group A The Physical Science pathway is suitable, but following specific modules must be completed: Group A Optional Units must include: - Applications of Inorganic Chemistry - Industrial Chemical Reactions Group B Optional units must include: - Applications of Organic Chemistry We highly recommend students take the module in Practical Chemical Analysis in Group A Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDM.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall with grades of 6,6,5  in 3 Higher Level subjects to include chemistry and one other science or mathematics. If English is not offered as one of the Diploma subjects (SL or HL) then a score of 6.0 at IELTS (or an equivalent approved qualification) must be offered.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry is a highly flexible degree programme covering a wide range of courses taught by chemists, pharmacists, biologists and industrial medicinal chemists. It provides a strong foundation in core chemistry, supplemented by specialist knowledge of medicinal chemistry. In addition to core chemistry units you take top-rated courses such as foundation biology, medicinal biochemistry and a number of courses on drug discovery and development from experts within chemistry and other Faculties. If you are on a BSc course and have performed to the standard required for MChem, you have the opportunity to transfer from BSc to MChem at the end of Year 1 and the end of Year 2.


The University of Manchester

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As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.

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?

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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
24% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
45% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
459 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
76% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 93% MED
Average graduate salary £21k MED
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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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