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University of Southampton

Chemistry with Medicinal Sciences (4 years)

UCAS Code: F1BC

Master of Chemistry (with Honours) - MChem (H)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,A,A

AAA including chemistry and one additional science subject with a pass in all science practical components or AAB including chemistry and two additional science subjects with a pass in all science practical components Accepted A-level science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology. A pass in all science practical components is required where applicable. A-level biology is strongly advised. General Studies, Critical Thinking and use of mathematics are excluded for entry.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

D3 D3 D3 in three Principal subjects including chemistry and one additional science subject Accepted science subjects include biology, mathematics, physics, psychology and geography. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A-levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A-level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.

Extended Project

A

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to three A levels, you will receive the following offer: AAB including grade A in chemistry and grade A in one additional science subject with a pass in all science practical components and grade A in an EPQ or ABB including grade A in chemistry and grade B in two additional science subjects with a pass in all science practical components and grade A in an EPQ

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 6/B). Grade 7/A in GCSE mathematics is preferred for applicants not studying A-level mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36-34

Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in chemistry and 6 at Higher Level in an additional science subject or Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in chemistry, 6 at Higher Level in one science subject and 5 at Higher Level in an additional science subject Accepted science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis. Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 including chemistry and an additional science subject Accepted science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

D + AA at A-level (or equivalent), to include chemistry and one additional science subject. Accepted A-level science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology. A pass in all science practical components is required where applicable. A-level biology is strongly advised. General Studies, Critical Thinking and use of mathematics are excluded for entry.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

D + AA at A-level (or equivalent), to include chemistry and one additional science subject. Accepted A-level science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology. A pass in all science practical components is required where applicable. A-level biology is strongly advised. General Studies, Critical Thinking and use of mathematics are excluded for entry.

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

D

D in the BTEC Extended Certificate plus grades AA in A-level chemistry and an additional A-level science subject with a pass in all science practical components Accepted A-level science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology. A pass in all science practical components is required where applicable. A-level biology is strongly advised. General Studies, Critical Thinking and use of mathematics are excluded for entry.

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus grades AA in A-level chemistry and an additional A-level science subject with a pass in all science practical components Accepted A-level science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology. A pass in all science practical components is required where applicable. A-level biology is strongly advised. General Studies, Critical Thinking and use of mathematics are excluded for entry.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

AAA from three A-levels including chemistry and one additional science subject with a pass in all science practical components or AA from two A-levels including chemistry and one additional science subject with a pass in all science practical components, and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Accepted A-level science subjects include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, psychology, geography and geology. A pass in all science practical components is required where applicable. A-level biology is strongly advised. General Studies, Critical Thinking and use of mathematics are excluded for entry.

UCAS Tariff

136-144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Medicinal chemistry

Southampton’s MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Sciences programme is aimed at people who have a passion for chemistry and want to take a second subject – medicinal sciences – to a very high level. You’ll study topics such as pharmacology, physiology and biochemistry.

This degree includes six months of industrial experience or a research placement at an overseas university. You will also undertake a research project at Southampton.

The degree will provide you with a sound basis for further study or a successful career as a professional chemist in areas such as pharmaceuticals, biological chemistry and life sciences.

Modules

Study the same core and advanced chemistry modules, and research projects, as MChem Chemistry. In addition, 25% of your degree will be made up of medical and biological optional modules. The options available are:

Year 1: Macromolecules of life and Metabolism

Year 2: Systems Physiology and Mammalian Physiology

Year 3: Pharmacology and options in toxilcity and neuropharmacology

Year 4 : Undertake your six-month research placement, then choose from a range of advanced chemistry modules and options from biological sciences such as Biomedical Technology, Cellular Signalling or Molecular Basis of Disease

For a full list of options, please visit: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry/undergraduate/courses/f1bc_mchem_chemistry_with_medicinal.page?#modules

Assessment methods

There are written examinations at the end of each semester to test your knowledge and understanding of material presented in the lectures and workshops. The practical work is continuously assessed primarily through written reports. Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral examination together with a report on your relevant skills from your supervisor. A written literature review related to the project is also assessed.

Coursework exercises based on the lecture material are set each week and feedback is provided promptly. In some cases coursework marks are used in calculating your overall mark for the particular module of study. However in most cases coursework is simply to give you an indication of your progress.

The research project will be assessed via a variety of means including review of your laboratory notebook, your assessments of the risks and hazards of your work, written reports, oral presentations, the production of a dissertation, and an oral examination.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£21,580
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Chemistry

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.

81%
med
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

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

88%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

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.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
73%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Medicinal chemistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£31k

£31k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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