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University of Nottingham

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry (with industrial experience)

UCAS Code: FC17
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-136

% applicants receiving offers

93%

Subjects
  • Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry
  • Chemistry
Student score
81% MED
86% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
£22.5k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAB

Chemistry at grade A.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB + A-AA + A

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 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

93%

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

£9,250

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 BSc Medicinal and Biological Chemistry course combines comprehensive training in chemistry with aspects of biochemistry and pharmacology relevant to understanding human disease and drug design. The course content has been tailored to produce graduates with an excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of synthetic and analytical chemistry. The modules making up the course are given by members of the Schools of Chemistry and Life Sciences.

Modules

Year 1: Foundation chemistry 1; foundation laboratory work; chemistry study skills; coordination chemistry; core carbonyl chemistry; introductory human physiology and pharmacology 1; fundamentals of human physiology and pharmacology 2; cell structure and metabolism (1). Optional: Chemical calculations 1; molecules that changed the world; introduction to green chemistry and processing; mathematics for chemistry 1. Year 2: Core laboratory work a; equilibria, rates and interfaces; general inorganic chemistry; principles of analytical chemistry; introduction to medicinal chemistry, molecular biology and microbiology; synthesis and spectroscopy; basic molecular pharmacology; pharmacology dissertation: drugs and diseases. Year 3: Advanced laboratory techniques (b); bioinorganic and metal coordination chemistry; molecular modelling for medicinal chemists; organometallic and asymmetric synthesis; pericyclic chemistry and reactive intermediates; special topics in chemistry 1; special topics in chemistry 2; molecular therapeutics; toxicology-clinical, environmental and experimental aspects. Optional: Protein folding and biospectroscopy; drug discovery: the development of new medicines; enterprise for chemists.

University of Nottingham

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A world-leading University attracting some of the brightest minds from the UK and abroad to study on vibrant campuses here, and internationally. Surrounded by an amazing city, University of Nottingham students have an incredible time making friends and getting the best education. The University is ranked in the top 1% of all universities worldwide.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
39%
61%

Year 1

30%
70%

Year 2

31%
69%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
76%
24%

Year 1

67%
33%

Year 2

69%
31%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 81% MED
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

62%

Feedback on work has been prompt

63%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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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
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
54% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
420 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
75% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

9%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

5%

Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Like some other biology-related courses, graduates of this subject had a difficult time in the recession and, although outcomes for these graduates appear to be improving, they are currently a bit worse than we would usually expect. Graduates who want a career in research usually take postgraduate qualifications, but those who want to start work when they graduate have a lot of options. Laboratory work and other jobs in the biosciences are popular, but many biochemistry graduates find their way into the finance industry and as a consequence, graduates from these disciplines are rather more likely than the average to start their career in London.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

87%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

59%

Feedback on work has been prompt

72%

Staff are good at explaining things

97%

Received sufficient advice and support

84%

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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
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
40% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
425 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £22.5k HIGH
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

7%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The number of students taking chemistry courses hasn't changed much in the last ten years, even as numbers in most other subjects have risen, and it's felt the UK has a shortage of chemistry grads overall. 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 many industries, from the food industry to teaching, need chemistry graduates, and 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. The recession hasn't been too kind to chemists, and current problems, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), mean that the stats are probably a little worse than we'd normally expect – they should improve over the next few years.
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