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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Chemistry (General) Pharmacy

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for those with a chemical or pharmaceutical sciences background. It will prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry or academia. Our Drug Chemistry MSc gives you advanced training in modern organic and medicinal chemistry. It ranges from the conception to the production of novel drugs. You will study and experience the way modern small molecule medicine is developing. You will gain hands-on experience of working within a medicinal chemistry team during your research project. You will gain knowledge in themes including: drug design, metabolism, toxicology, synthetic organic chemistry. Specialist topics that are strengths of the University include: bio-imaging; modern approaches to chemotherapy. You'll develop drug design expertise as practised in the pharmaceutical industry and academia. You will also discover the modern and experimental therapies developing in the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module aims to increase understanding of key synthetic organic transformations; to develop knowledge of spectroscopic techniques for the study of organic molecules; to use spectroscopic data for structure determination of organic molecules; to recognise practical constraints in the design of synthetic procedures; to develop skills in key experimental techniques, including chromatography.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:2 BSc honours degree, or international equivalent, in a chemistry related subject, such as: Biochemistry, chemical technology, applied chemistry or industrial chemistry. We also consider applicants whose undergraduate degree included a significant element of organic chemistry, such as: Pharmacology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, veterinary science, biology, biomedical sciences, zoology, microbiology, biotechnology or genetics. Applicants with lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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