Chemistry - Medicinal Chemistry
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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.
Students can apply for membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
"Whether it's the lecturers, the facilities, the university as a whole, the social aspect, it's absolutely brilliant and I've enjoyed my time here."
The Chemistry programmes at the University of Bradford are designed around the premise of making knowledge work.
Our degrees will give you a solid background in the chemical sciences, but allow you to focus on the application of chemistry in specific areas of modern chemistry. These areas have been chosen to reflect the main employment destinations for 21st century chemistry graduates:
- Materials Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Medicinal Chemistry
You can join the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as a student member during your studies and we are an active part of the local RSC section.
- Ranked 18th in the UK for Chemistry in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS 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).
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DMM. Science subject required - must include a minimum of three Chemistry-related units.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma - Science subject required. Must include a minimum of 12 credits of Chemistry at minimum Distinction.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
Additional entry requirements:
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Our degrees have been structured to give students choice and flexibility. During the first two years, students 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. However, we believe that an intellectually fulfilling university experience should allow students to sample subjects from outside the Chemistry subject area. Hence all our chemistry programmes allow students to take 20 credits of elective modules in stages 1 and 2, with subjects offered from across the university’s teaching portfolio.
The third year will introduce students to specialist content in medicinal, materials and analytical chemistry. Students will also have the opportunity to study a specific subject by choosing to a greater depth during an extended dissertation. It is possible to exit after stage 3 with a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry.
In the Masters year, students will then specialise in medicinal chemistry. The advanced study in the chosen area will allow students to develop a deeper understanding of the application of chemistry to solving real-world problems. Masters-level training focuses on deploying training in real-world settings.. Academic research experience involves working on students own project as part of a research team alongside post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers at the University.
- Organic Chemistry 1 (20 credits)
- Physical Chemistry 1 (20 credits)
- Inorganic Chemistry 1 (20 credits)
- Practical Chemistry 1 (40 credits)
- Elective (20 credits)
- Organic Chemistry 2 (20 credits)
- Physical Chemistry 2 (20 credits)
- Inorganic Chemistry 2 (20 credits)
- Practical Chemistry 2 (40 credits)
- Elective (20 credits)
- Organic Chemistry 3 (20 credits)
- Introduction to Polymer and Colloid Science (20 credits)
- Practical Chemistry 3 (20 credits)
- Bio-organic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry (20 credits)
- Molecular Analysis (20 credits)
- Stage 3 Research Project (20 credits)
- Stage Four Research Project (60 credits)
- Drug Discovery and Development (20 credits)
- Synthetic Chemistry for Medicinal Chemists (20 credits)
- Computational Drug Design (20 credits)
Learning activities and assessment
You will have a mix of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, workshops, case studies and directed study.
Directed study will include directed reading of selected textbooks, specified source literature and open learning materials, directed Web-based materials, report writing and other assignments. There will also be an individual project/dissertation.
You will be assessed 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.
Involvement in laboratory, small-group workshops, case-based work and projects (individual and small group) will also be part of your assessment.
You will be assessed by critical appraisal, case analysis and critique, case presentations, laboratory reports and dissertations.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
93% of our 2016 graduates in Chemistry and Forensic Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
Chemists are attractive to employers both for the skills that they offer directly related to their specialism, and for the professional skills that they have developed through study of the discipline. The range of careers available to chemists is vast – take a look at the Royal Society of Chemistry careers guide to get some ideas.
Watch MChem graduate Freya Leask's graduation diary from December 2015:
The average starting salary for our 2016 Chemistry and Forensic Science graduates was £18,632.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
Research in Chemistry is broadly themed into Molecular Science and Materials Chemistry, comprising the development of synthetic, analytical and computational methods.
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Our multi-million pound Centre for Chemical and Structural Analysis houses excellent analytical instrumentation which you will use to gain genuine practical experience of research apparatus. You will use NMR, IR, Raman, Mass Spectrometry, HPLC and GC, and X-ray diffraction instruments throughout your course.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- International: £17,800
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
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