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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.

About this course

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.

What you'll learn

You will gain knowledge in themes including:

drug design
synthetic organic chemistry

Your development

Specialist topics that are strengths of the University include:

modern approaches to chemotherapy.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module aims to provide an overview of the methods and approaches used in modern drug discovery. To introduce the key stages of a project i.e. target identification and validation, hit discovery, hit validation, hit-to-lead optimisation and lead optimisation. To familiarise students with the most commonly used synthetic methods in medicinal chemistry. To provide students with an understanding of the role of medical imaging in drug discovery, synthetic methods for the incorporation of radioisotopes into biologically active molecules and the quality control requirements for clinical production.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 BSc honours degree, or international equivalent, in chemistry (or closely related, such as biochemistry, applied chemistry, chemical technology) or 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in the related courses containing significant element of organic and medicinal chemistry, such as: chemical engineering; pharmacy; pharmacology; pharmaceutical sciences; medicine; veterinary science; biology; biomedical sciences; microbiology; biotechnology; genetics.

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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