Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry


Programme structure

Year 1

The topics covered include:

  • the periodic table and main group chemistry
  • transition metal chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • chemical kinetics
  • theoretical chemistry
  • chemical energy changes
  • aqueous equilibria and pH
  • macromolecules.

Year 2

Your second year builds on the first-year course and involves the following topics:

  • molecular thermodynamics
  • organic stereochemistry
  • quantum mechanics, chemical bonding and symmetry
  • organometallic chemistry
  • main group chemistry
  • enols and enolates
  • spectroscopy
  • kinetics
  • aromatic chemistry
  • coordination chemistry
  • organic synthesis
  • biophysical chemistry
  • applied organic chemistry.

Years 3, 4 and 5

If you progress to Honours (years three and four), you will choose courses from a list of topics which includes anticancer compounds, antibiotics, analgesics and antivirals. In the final year you will undertake a project involving research in chemistry with medicinal or pharmacological applications, for example, making selected compounds and testing them for specific biological activity.

You can take Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry as an MSci degree which includes an additional placement year. Placements are usually in the UK, but can also be taken overseas. They happen between third year and the final year of the degree.